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Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on increasing privacy risks

Aug 19, 2020

Penn State researchers have observed that social media users who may be looking for ways to stay close during isolation appear to be sharing more personal information online. This is a concern because we know that personal information shared voluntarily through social media is vulnerable to…

Does putting the brakes on outrage bottle up social change?

Oct 24, 2018

While outrage is often generally considered a hurdle in the path to civil discourse, a team of psychologists suggest outrage — specifically, moral outrage — may have beneficial outcomes, such as inspiring people to take part in long-term collective action. In a literature review, the team, led by…

Using social media to solve social problems

Aug 16, 2018

Social scientist rely on data to study social problems, however data from traditional surveys can be difficult and time consuming to collect, as well as inaccurate since not all factors can be measured well. A National Science Foundation-funded Penn State project will evaluate the accuracy of using…

New Initiative to Examine Facebook Data and Social Media's Impact on Society

Apr 23, 2018

Recent revelations about the abuse of Facebook data and spread of disinformation make clear that social media can have negative ramifications for society. Today the SSRC begins an extraordinary Social Data Initiative at the frontiers of digital culture to examine the problem, explore questions…

New project to investigate social media aggression

Feb 2, 2018

A recent survey found that 40 percent of American adults and 9 percent of children in grades 6-12 have experienced online harassment on social media in the last year. In light of this trend, the National Science Foundation recently awarded Penn State’s Diane Felmlee, professor of sociology, the…