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A taste of Dan Kreiss’ new book, Prototype Politics: Technology-Intensive Campaigning and the Data of Democracy

I’m thrilled to share an excerpt of the first chapter from Dan Kreiss‘ new book, Prototype Politics: Technology-Intensive Campaigning and the Data of Democracy, published by Oxford University Press this July. (Oxford is currently out of the paperback version; until they’re back in stock, here’s the link to buy it from Powell’s Books in Portland, […]

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A Botifesto

We live in a world of bots. Generally speaking, these sets of algorithms are responsible for so much on the backend of the internet, from making Google searches possible to filling up your spam folder. But an emergent kind of bot, capable of interacting with humans and acting on their behalf, is playing a more […]

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Reflections on technology and the 2016 elections

Way back in 2008, Off the Bus reporter Mayhill Fowler filed a report on an appearance by Hillary Clinton during that spring’s Democratic primary. The piece opens with a quote: “‘Being here this morning is a gift,’ Hillary Clinton says to the small band of supporters, several hundred strong, gathered under the Saturday morning sun […]

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New! special issue of Social Media & Society, curated by Culture Digitally! (1/3)

We’re proud to announce the special issue of Social Media & Society, vol. 1 no. 2, curated by and drawing its contributions from Culture Digitally. Culture Digitally and Social Media & Society are, we like to think, cut from the same fabric. For five years now, we have endeavored to gather scholars and practitioners who […]

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Facebook’s improved “Community Standards” still can’t resolve the central paradox

On March 16, Facebook updated its “Community Standards,” in ways that were both cosmetic and substantive. The version it replaced, though it had enjoyed minor updates, had been largely the same since at least 2011. The change comes on the heels of several other sites making similar adjustments to their own policies, including Twitter, YouTube, Blogger, […]

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