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3Qs: How to tame the Twitter haters

A score of Twitter users were banned by the social media ser­vice last week for hurling a spate of vile remarks at Ghost­busters star Leslie Jones. To find out how online anonymity affects the way people act toward each other and what social media sites like Twitter could do to curb tar­geted attacks, we turned to North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Joseph Reagle, an expert on internet trolling.

How Ailes’ fall could signal more changes at Fox News

Roger Ailes is out at Fox News. The media tycoon resigned on Thursday, just two weeks after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a law­suit alleging sexual harass­ment. Here, Dan Kennedy, asso­ciate pro­fessor and a nation­ally known media com­men­tator, talks about Ailes’ swift down­fall and pre­dicts that it “will stand as yet another mile­stone in the shift from tra­di­tional forms of media to digital.”

3Qs: How Pokémon Go is ‘evolving the game genre’

Susan Gold says playing Pokémon Go has “expanded her world” and trig­gered her journey to dis­cover much more about her neigh­bor­hood and the city of Boston. Here, Gold, pro­fessor of the prac­tice in the game design pro­gram and founder of Global Game Jam, explains how Pokémon Go has “broken the mold” and pre­dicts where the tech­nology is headed.

The RNC: How we got here and where we are headed

In this guest post, Nathan Kotler, S’19, a member of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Repub­li­cans, exam­ines the unique set of cir­cum­stances that have led to rise of Donald Trump as the Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial nominee.

The power of words (even when they aren’t your own)

Accu­sa­tions of pla­gia­rism against Melania Trump fol­lowing her speech at the Repub­lican National Con­ven­tion on Monday have raised ques­tions about the line between bor­rowing and crib­bing someone else’s words. We asked former speech­writer Greg Goodale, asso­ciate pro­fessor at North­eastern, when a speech crosses that line and whether Trump did.

Coast-​​to-​​coast collaboration targets food security

A team of 20 grad­uate stu­dents at Northeastern’s Boston and Seattle cam­puses spent the spring semester working together, col­lab­o­rating via Skype, GitHub, and Google Hang­outs to build a soft­ware plat­form aimed at con­necting a global com­mu­nity of farmers, researchers, and educators.

3Qs: What can a crime drama teach us about justice?

Law pro­fessor Jes­sica Silbey will dis­cuss the his­tory of law in Amer­ican film on Wednesday at a Law Library of Con­gress event. Here, she looks at the pit­falls of crime shows, names her favorite legal drama, and explains how the depic­tion of law in film has changed over the past 125 years.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences head lauds Northeastern’s interdisciplinary approach

You cannot do envi­ron­mental health work if you don’t work with the com­mu­nity,” said Linda Birn­baum, director of the National Insti­tute of Envi­ron­mental Health Sci­ences, during remarks on campus on Monday. She lauded North­eastern, with its emphasis on inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research and prac­tice, for doing just that, and noted Northeastern’s con­tri­bu­tions to a multi-​​country study of Zika.

The terror in Nice and security across the EU

France is reeling from its third major attack in 19 months after a lone ter­rorist sped a truck into a crowd of people gath­ered to watch Bastille Day fire­works. The attack killed at least 84 people and injured more than 200 others. We asked North­eastern experts to ana­lyze these types of “lone wolf” ter­rorist attacks, the media’s use of graphic footage from the scene, and what the terror in Nice could mean for the Euro­pean Union’s secu­rity procedures.