We spotlight 10 of the most compelling academic studies published in 2017, which delve into meaty topics such as venture-backed startups, artificial intelligence and the spread of disinformation.
Google’s “Street View” photographs can be used to predict if a town will vote Democrat or Republican. They can also be used to estimate a neighborhood's racial fabric.
Resourceful journalists know how a birth, marriage or death certificate can yield good leads. We explain how to find these vital records.
Almost everyone has a smartphone. They can be distracting. But new research shows they may also impair our ability to think straight even when we’re not using them.
Talk of fake news dominated the 2016 presidential election cycle. New research examines how people fall for such disinformation.
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Conservatives who are familiar with politics and have little trust in institutions are more likely than liberals to endorse conspiracy theories, argues a recent study.
A primer on the tech issues behind the cyberattacks that have roiled the 2016 presidential campaign.
2015 study from the University of Hawaii that looks at how young adults who are known as "millennials" use social media to inform their political opinions.
2015 research brief from the Scholars Strategy Network that looks at online political activism and whether the Internet encourages certain groups of people to become more engaged in political activities.
2015 paper in
Information, Communication & Society reviewing existing research on how social media use influences measures such as voting, protesting and civic engagement.