• NULab Co-Director David Lazer Publishes Research in Science

    September 29, 2016

    In new research pub­lished in the journal Sci­ence, David Lazer, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Political Sci­ence and Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ences, and his col­leagues ana­lyzed the effec­tive­ness of global-​​scale data­bases of news articles in understanding and predicting worldwide events. While Lazer and his team under­scored that these sys­tems hold great promise, they found these sys­tems wanting—falling ...

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  • New article shares insights from early-career scholars into the digital humanities

    September 16, 2016

    A new article, published in Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life,  shares insights into early American studies and the digital humanities from four early-career scholars who have been involved in several NULab projects. The article’s authors—Benjamin Doyle, Elizabeth Hopwood, Jim McGrath, and Abby Mullen—are recent graduates of or current students at Northeastern who have experiences ...

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  • Nicholas Beauchamp in the American Journal of Political Science

    September 14, 2016

    NULab core faculty member Nicholas Beauchamp has published new research in the American Journal of Political Science. Beauchamp’s article, “Predicting and Interpolating State-Level Polls Using Twitter Textual Data,” combines 1,200 state-level polls from the 2012 presidential campaign with over 100 million political tweets to show that “when properly modeled, the Twitter-based measures track and to some degree predict ...

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  • Professor Moya Bailey covered in the Washington Post

    September 11, 2016

    Following the recent attacks on Leslie Jones, Katy Perry tweeted support towards her last week – including the term “misogynoir,” which was coined by NULab core faculty member and professor of WGSS and Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies Moya Bailey in an essay in 2014. The term refers specifically to Black women, combining the anti-Blackness ...

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  • NULab-affiliated postdoc Philipp Hunziker co-authors a paper in Science magazine

    September 9, 2016

    NULab-affiliated postdoc Philipp Hunziker has a new paper showing that politically excluded groups have lower access to the Internet compared with those in power.  “Digital discrimination: Political bias in Internet service provision across ethnic groups,” by  Nils B. Weidmann, Suso Benitez-Baleato, Philipp Hunziker, Eduard Glatz, and Xenofontas Dimitropoulos, was published today in Science. To read ...

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  • Lazer on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

    August 19, 2016

    NULab co-director and professor of political science and computer science and information David Lazer appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, along with several others from his Northeastern Lab, on Thursday, August 18 to talk about Donald Trump’s Twitter strategy. Take a listen or a look at the transcript to hear Lazer’s take.

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  • The Cat-And-Mouse-Game of Blocking Digital Ads

    August 15, 2016

    Facebook has updated its approach to digital ad-blocking while expanding users’ control over their advertising experience on the site. NULab faculty member and assistant professor of computer science Christo Wilson, along with assistant professor of computer science Yakov Bart, spoke with Northeastern News about digital marketing and Big Data. See their “3Qs” feature here.

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  • The Terror in Nice and Security Across the EU

    July 18, 2016

    NULab faculty member and assistant professor of journalism and new media John Wihbey comments on the media’s use of “graphic” citizen photographs in reporting on the terror attacks in Nice, France. Read what he and fellow faculty members Max Abrahams, assistant professor of political science, and Mai’a K. Davis Cross, associate professor of political science ...

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  • Welles on Ideological Isolation and its Impact on Public Debate

    July 6, 2016

    NULab faculty member and assistant professor of communications studies and network science Brooke Foucault Welles answered Northeastern News’s “3Qs” on the concept of ideological isolation and how it effects debate in the public realm. Learn more about the concept of ideological isolation and how what we see on social media impacts what we talk about ...

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  • Mislove and Wilson Challenge Federal Law to Prevent Big Data Discrimination

    June 30, 2016

    NULab faculty members and associate and assistant professors of computer science, respectively, Alan Mislove and Christo Wilson, have been researching whether the pro­pri­etary algo­rithms that online job hunting sites use to ana­lyze user pro­file data, web-​​browsing choices, and other online infor­ma­tion may lead to discrimination. But due to a section of the US Computer Fraud and Abuse ...

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  • The Cultural and Political Significance of the House Sit-In

    June 24, 2016

    NULab faculty and assistant professor of political science Nick Beauchamp, along with distinguished professor of history William Fowler, and assistant professor of political science Dan Kennedy spoke with Northeastern News about the cultural and political significance of the House sit-in for gun control reform. Read their thoughts here. 

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  • Nick Beauchamp on the Senate Filibuster

    June 17, 2016

    In the aftermath of the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida,  Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) began a filibuster on the senate floor which lasted nearly 15 hours, with the goal of building support for stalled gun reform legislation. Northeastern News interviewed NULab faculty member and assistant professor of political science Nick Beauchamp about ...

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  • Amazon “Deals” and Algorithmic Pricing

    June 2, 2016

    NULab faculty member and assistant professor of Computer Science Christo Wilson and other researchers have found that Amazon is much more likely to fea­ture sellers in the buy box who use an auto­mated prac­tice called algo­rithmic pricing, even though their prices may be higher than those who don’t. Algo­rithmic pricing read­justs product prices in real-​​time using ...

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  • NULab Fellow Studies Water Access and Control in Uganda

    June 2, 2016

    Network Science PhD student and NULab Fellow Matthew Simonson will travel to Uganda this summer to study water access and control in the country, using a combination of interviews and equations, on a seedling grant funded by NULab. Read more about Simonson’s project and background in the Northeastern News.

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