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NHS campaign material for app launch

Contact Tracing, Privacy, Magical Thinking – and Trust!

The saga of the UK’s contact tracing app(s) should be an object lesson in how not to approach the use of technology in public policy – and why politicians in particular need to step back and rethink their approach to technology, and in particular to privacy.

3 months ago
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On the Persistence of Motivated Ignorance

The idea that ignorance is the outcome of a deficit of correct information is persistent. Daniel Williams argues that to understand how research and evidence are strongly resisted by certain groups, we need to reflect on how motivated ignorance is deeply embedded in our identities and social connections.

4 months ago
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The Sociology of Psychologies: What is It and Why Does It Matter?

Throughout the 20th century, psychological knowledge managed to break free from the confines of academic debates and clinical practice, defining, by the early 21st century at the latest, how we think about who we are, how we feel, what our goals in life are, how we form relationships with others, and how society’s institutions operate

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Together Apart

Table of Contents Author Biographies Contributors Acknowledgements Section A: Setting the scene The need for a social identity analysis of […]

4 months ago
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Tear gas released at US Capitol

Harnessing the Power of a Mob

David Canter considers what the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington tells us about the power inherent in a crowd.

4 months ago
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