How Cambridge Analytica’s $FB targeting model worked – according to the person who built it

How Cambridge Analytica’s $FB targeting model worked – according to the person who built it

By Matthew Hindman, Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University. How accurately can you be profiled online? Andrew Krasovitckii/Shutterstock.com The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data…

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Why it's so hard to #DeleteFacebook: Constant psychological boosts keep you hooked

Why it’s so hard to #DeleteFacebook: Constant psychological boosts keep you hooked

By S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communication & Co-Director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, Bingjie Liu, Ph.D. Student in Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University, Michael Krieger, Ph.D. Student in Mass…

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A Culture of Trust is Critical for School Safety

A Culture of Trust is Critical for School Safety

By Calvin Morrill, Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley and Michael Musheno, Professor of Law, University of Oregon. Tight security measures in schools erode cultures of trust,…

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Countries who trust Facebook the most are also the most vulnerable to its mistakes $FB

Countries who trust Facebook the most are also the most vulnerable to its mistakes $FB

By Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean, International Business & Finance, The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Every month, over two billion people worldwide log into Facebook. hxdbzxy/shutterstock.com The latest shoe has dropped on Facebook: Private data…

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New #NAFTA or no #NAFTA? How new plan could affect Canadian agri-food

New #NAFTA or no #NAFTA? How new plan could affect Canadian agri-food

By William A. Kerr, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan. Donald Trump doesn’t liked to be reined in, which is why he has such a problem with trade deals…

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Facebook is killing democracy with its personality profiling data $FB

Facebook is killing democracy with its personality profiling data $FB

By Timothy Summers, Director of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Engagement, University of Maryland. Facebook’s data know exactly what fits best in your mind. leolintang/Shutterstock.com What state should you move to based on your personality? What character…

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Is this why Denmark dominates the World Happiness Report rankings year after year?

Is this why Denmark dominates the World Happiness Report rankings year after year?

By Marie Helweg-Larsen, Professor of Psychology, Dickinson College. Okay, we get it, you’re happy – no need to rub it in. Very_Very/Shutterstock.com The new World Happiness Report again ranks Denmark among the top three happiest…

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A brief history of loneliness

A brief history of loneliness

By Amelia S. Worsley, Assistant Professor of English, Amherst College. Edward Hopper’s ‘Office in a Small City’ (1953). Gandalf’s Gallery, CC BY-NC-SA Is loneliness our modern malaise? Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says the…

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Does cloud seeding work? Yes, Scientists watch ice crystals grow inside clouds

Does cloud seeding work? Yes, Scientists watch ice crystals grow inside clouds

By Jeffrey French, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming and Sarah Tessendorf, Project Scientist, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. A blizzard in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in 2005. Greg Younger, CC BY-SA Water is…

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Whats driving the chaotic world of Canadian drug prices?

Whats driving the chaotic world of Canadian drug prices?

By Joel Lexchin, Board member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Management, York University and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. The cost of a life-saving…

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Florida passed the “Sunshine Protection Act,” which will make daylight saving year-round

Florida passed the “Sunshine Protection Act,” which will make daylight saving year-round

By Michael Downing, Lecturer in Creative Writing, Tufts University. Unfortunately, there’s not an unlimited amount of daylight that we can squeeze out of our clocks. igorstevanovic/Shutterstock.com One hundred years after Congress passed the first daylight…

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GOP tax law snubs US expats and 'accidental Americans'

GOP tax law snubs US expats and ‘accidental Americans’

By Karen Alpert, Lecturer in Finance, The University of Queensland. It may opens doors but follows wherever you go. AP Photo/Benny Snyder Since Congress began taxing incomes, American citizens have been unable to escape the…

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The Hollywood sign, from public nuisance to symbol of stardom

The Hollywood sign, from public nuisance to symbol of stardom

By Leo Braudy, Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. George Brich/AP Photo Every year at the Oscars, the cameras pan…

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History shows why the Trump Admin's 'America First' tariff policy is dangerous

History shows why the Trump Admin’s ‘America First’ tariff policy is dangerous

By Charles Hankla, Associate Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University. President Trump announced the U.S. will slap steep tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque President Donald Trump finally appears poised to make…

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All eyes on China and Singapore as they make their own moves in the Arctic

All eyes on China and Singapore as they make their own moves in the Arctic

By Danita Catherine Burke, Postdoc in International Politics and Arctic Studies, University of Southern Denmark and Andre Saramago, Auxiliary Professor of International Relations, Universidade Lusíada Porto. The vantage point from the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long…

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Believe it or not, the U.S. Secret Service released a study of school shootings in 2002

Believe it or not, the U.S. Secret Service released a study of school shootings in 2002

By Jeff Daniels, Professor of Counseling, West Virginia University. The U.S. Secret Service released a study of school shootings in 2002. David Stuart Productions/Shutterstock.com While President Donald Trump has not shied away from offering suggestions…

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Michigan State University: Loneliness is bad for your health

Michigan State University: Loneliness is bad for your health

By Jed Magen, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Michigan State University. Social isolation is linked to increased blood pressure and depression. Mindmo/shutterstock.com Imagine a 65-year-old woman who sees her physician frequently for a variety of aches…

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The selfie #Olympics: The impact of social media on performance

The selfie #Olympics: The impact of social media on performance

By Nicole W. Forrester, Assistant Professor, School of Media, Ryerson University. Australian cross country skier Phil Bellingham takes a selfie during a welcoming ceremony at the Pyeongchang Olympic Village ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics…

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