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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT
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The Toxic Tales of the 2022 Midterms: Unraveling the Lies, Hate, and Extremism Polluting the Public Square
Ahead of the US midterms, Twitter was abuzz with toxic and trending political narratives. We analyzed the top 4 among them: civil war, election fraud, citizen policing of voting, and allegations of grooming and pedophilia. Our 4-month (July-October 2022) analysis, straddling the Musk Twitter takeover, revealed that the political conversation decayed on the post-Musk platform.
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EVENT ALERT
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Defeating Disinformation: Advancing Inclusive Growth and Democracy through Global Digital Platforms
The Defeating Disinformation Unconference brings together thought leaders and experts to weigh in on critical challenges and global problems affecting the new digital public sphere.
December 02, 2022 | 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST
At Chase Center, Tufts University, Medford, MA
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WEBINAR ALERT
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Bridging the U.S. Broadband Divide - Fairly:
An Interactive Tool for Telecoms Policymakers and Companies for Preparing Proposals to Expand High Speed Internet Use Across America
Presented by Digital Planet at the Fletcher School at Tufts University in partnership with Next Century Cities
Thursday, December 8th, 2:00 PM EST
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PERSPECTIVES
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A message to Twitter titans: Take a sabbatical from Musk's Twitter: Bhaskar Chakravorti
The Indian Express
Over the course of a month-long drama, Elon Musk discovered a basic truth: Free speech is not free. Musk's guarantee was that he would not allow Twitter to devolve into a free-for-all hellscape. And from that point on, a hellscape it has become.
ONGOING RESEARCH
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The Elon Musk—Twitter Takeover: A Twitter Sentiment Analysis
In our most recent October 31 update, we studied the sentiments expressed by users on the platform to Elon Musk's Twitter takeover saga, analyzing over 11.5M tweets. While reactions to Musk's initial criticism of the platform were generally more positive, his plan to buy Twitter was met with largely negative emotions. Once the takeover was complete, negative emotions dominated the day across all countries studied.
ANALYST PUBLICATION
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Imagining Solutions at the Intersection of Elections, Race, and Disinformation
Disinformation is not a new or novel issue. With the increase in election disinformation in the United States, it is more important now to find ways of combating and curbing it. It is not an unfixable problem. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and policy-based solutions, it is possible to tackle this growing problem.
ANALYST OF THE MONTH
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Harshad Vaswani
Graduate Research Analyst, Digital Planet
I'VE BEEN WORKING ON
Using sustainable technologies to address global water scarcity.
AN INSIGHT I DISCOVERED
There is a large intersection between global water supply and sustainable power, and there exist multiple technologies to satisfy and substitute global water demand (without compromising on other environmental concerns).
I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT
The use of technology for sustainable agriculture.
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IN THE NEWS
The Red Wave That Wasn't: Biden said Wednesday that voters had proven that “democracy is who we are.”   |   New York Magazine
Facing a Tide of Criticism, Elon Musk Is Tweeting Through It   |   The New York Times
Elon Musk's Twitter Did Not Perform at Its Best on Election Day   |   The New York Times
Elon Musk Puts His Own Politics on Display on Election Day   |   The New York Times
Resistance to misinformation is weakening on Twitter, a report found.   |   The New York Times
New wrinkles in misinformation as midterms near: election skeptics at polling places, and on ballots; fake news in new languages; Elon Musk at Twitter's helm   |   MarketWatch
A Twitter trial would expose Elon Musk to scrutiny. Buying Twitter might help him avoid it.   |   Vox
Musk doesn’t own Twitter yet, but conservatives are racking up followers   |   The Washington Post
How to read your social media feeds on Election Day.   |   New York Folk
Misinformation and the midterm elections: What to expect   |   DailyPress
Candidates Make Final Appeals in Midterms Campaigns   |   The New York Times
Twitter 'laid off' counter-electoral misinformation teams days before US midterms   |   The New Arab
Here's what to know about misinformation and next week's midterm elections   |   PBS News
Musk's Twitter Buyout Brought Back QAnon Believers, Report Says   |   CNET
How Twitter's $8 verification plan works and why it's facing criticism   |   ABC News
The quality of Twitter conversation has 'decayed' after Elon Musk's takeover   |   Fortune
Twitter's new verification rollout goes about as badly as experts feared   |   SF Examiner
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