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Using Twitter to Track the Spread of Flu

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 15 2010

Researchers are building upon the idea that Google can be a good flu tracking mechanism by studying what Twitter tells us about the spread of disease. One potential advantage of Twitter, reports Technology Review's ... Read More

Quarter of Young Online British Posted Election Commentary

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 7 2010

A YouGov survey of the British public commissioned by the phone company Orange has found that nearly a quarter of online respondents ages 18-to-24 (note the important qualifier) reported having commented on the election ... Read More

Extreme Sites Outpace Extreme Readers

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 19 2010

"Ideological segregation on the Internet is low in absolute terms," finds a new study from University of Chicago economists Matthew Genzlow and Jesse Shapiro on the political polarization of the Internet ... Read More

The Internet Has Not Made You a Hermit

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 5 2009

If you are one, you'll have to find something else to blame. A new report from the fine folks at Pew compares the social isolation and integration of those Americans who regularly use the Internet and mobile phones ... Read More

Report on Online Townhalls Finds Enemies on the Right

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 3 2009

A report we recently touched on, a work sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation and which found that online townhalls boost both citizen engagement and politicians' approval ratings, has become the target of ... Read More

Pew: More Americans Engage in Politics Online Than Don't

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 17 2009

For the very first time in the recorded history of all of humanity, the 2008 election saw adult Americans who went online to engage in the political process outnumber those who didn't. Pew's Internet & American Life ... Read More