Communication

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Humans Broke the Internet. Understanding Them Better Might Help Fix It

This stark contrast between the internet’s light and dark sides has become a defining characteristic of the digital age, writes Timo Hannay founder SchoolDash, but is not an inevitable consequence of the mostly innocuous technologies on which it’s built. Rather, it is the product of their bewilderingly diverse and eccentric user base – otherwise known as humanity.

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Speakezee Platform Matches Experts With the Curious Public

Speakezee, a labor of love by experimental psychologist Bruce Hood, connects willing experts and curious audiences. Now in it’s third year, the platform has a roster of more than 2,000 scientists in 32 countries ready discuss their research with schoolchildren, big companies, support groups, service clubs and anyone else now comfortable enough to ask for a presentation.

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Survey Asks Questions About Scholarly Journal Use

In the latest iteration of a survey series she’s been running for four decades, Carol Tenopir aims to assess the value of access to scholarly journals by examining patterns of use and reading. Your input is sought.

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Are Ethnographers Ever Wrong?

Steven Lubet, the author of ‘Interrogating Ethnography: Why Evidence Matters,’ explains the importance of his approach to investigating the discipline — to ‘put it on trial’ — and to reiterate the idea that accuracy matters in social science. Spurring on his restatement is a recent review on Social Science Space that Lubet argues missed his point entirely.

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Patricia Goodson on the POWER of Better Academic Writing

A combination of influences — practice, classroom and POWER — has made Patricia Goodson’s book ‘Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing’ a winner for many academics around the world, and now the Textbook & Academic Authors Association has awarded Goodson’s book with one of its 2018 Textbook Excellence Awards. We talk to the author about writing, both her own and perhaps yours!

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Keeping an Eagle-Eye on the U.S. Supreme Court

Kenneth Jost has been watching the U.S. Supreme Court for decades, and producing annual yearbook looking at the term just passed. We asked him to reflect on his career and his subject. In this interview, originally posted in February, he predicted that “the fight over any Trump nominee would be a no-holds-barred battle.”

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Nick Seaver on Dissecting the Algorithmic Organism

When discussing the nexus of computer science and social science, the transaction is usually in one direction – what can computer scientists do for social scientists. But a recent paper from Tufts University anthropologist Nick Seaver reverses that flow, using the tool of ethnography to interrogate the tools of engineering.

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Divining What a ‘Digital Truth Serum’ Can Reveal to Us

The underlying conceit of economist and data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s work, whether in his new book, on the op-ed pages of the New York Times or in the classroom, or on campus, is that people’s search activity on a search engine reveals much more about them than do surveys, polls, or other social media

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Storify is Dead. Responsible Data Stewardship Must Live

Storify is dead The service, which let you take social media content like Twitter and Facebook posts and aggregate them together into stories, announced that they’ll be shutting down and deleting all content as of March 16th, 2018. It’s not as bad as some platform shutdowns – there is notice and at least you can export your own content (one story at a time) – but it’s still a reminder of how vulnerable user-generated content can be online.

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The Anthropological Roots of Ursula Le Guin

A connection can be made in between Ursula Le Guin’s fiction and her father’s groundbreaking work in anthropology. His ideas – which had a profound influence on his daughter’s writing – stemmed from an important development in the discipline of anthropology, one that viewed human culture as something that wasn’t ingrained, and had to be taught and learned.

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Cry from Publons: Let’s End Reviewer Fraud

Peer review has become a major editorial challenge for publishers worldwide, but options do exist to help tackle fraudulent peer reviewers. In this post from the Publons blog, some options for what publishers can do are examined.

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