Author Archives: Anna

Ideological Segregation Online at Yale

The internet has given Yale students more opportunities to consume political information and participate in politics. We receive emails about events occurring on campus, we are encouraged to sign online petitions, we follow our favorite organizations on Twitter, and we … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Data Collection on Facebook Apps

An article in the WSJ yesterday provides a comprehensive look at which Facebook apps mine your data, how they do it, and how the information can be used. It also discusses how people have become habituated to the app warnings, increasing … Continue reading

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Glenn Beck’s Online Bunker

From 2009 to 2011, Glenn Beck’s show on Fox, Glenn Beck, was the third most popular program on cable news, averaging over 2.2 million viewers a night. During his time at Fox, Beck received intense media scrutiny. Some of Beck’s … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Paperbecause

The front page of today’s New York Times features an ad for Paperbecause – a new campaign to encourage consumption of print media over digital media. The campaign is funded by Domtar, the largest freesheet  paper manufacturer and marketer in North America. … Continue reading

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Whistlestop Helps Politicians Ride the Social Media Train

The “whistle-stop” tour has been a tradition in American politics since the mid-1800s. Politicians travelled the nation by train, stopping to speak to citizens from a platform at the back of their train car. On these tours, candidates spoke to … Continue reading

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Short Email Interview with Alex Benard – 3/11/2012.

Short email interview with Alex Benard, President and founder of Whistlestop. Litman: How will Whistlestop increase transparency? Benard: Whistlestop increases transparency by providing more widespread access to information.  Digital activists can use Whistlestop to easily see which candidates have a strong … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Targeted Campaign Ads

The New York Times just published an interesting article about how online data is used for targeted campaign ads. Cass Sunstein discusses at length in Republic.com 2.0 that microtargeting of this sort could cause society to become more fragmented. This … Continue reading

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Iran Goes Dark

For four days this week, Iran went dark. From February 9 through 13, the Iranian government blocked access to social networking sites, international news, blogs, email, and secure https websites, which are used for everything from search engines to banking. These … Continue reading

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How social media companies are kicking monkeys off poles

As SOPA and PIPA made their way to the House floor, Google invited us to “Imagine a world without free knowledge,” in which governments could force search engines to remove search results without allowing websites to defend their practices in … Continue reading

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