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Research Review

Image-Based Abuse: A Threat to Privacy, Safety, and Speech

Commonly misnamed “revenge porn,” image-based abuse is the non-consensual creation and distribution of private images. Much more than “one-off” attacks that cause hurt feelings, image-based abuse has become a broad effort to silence and shame people in public spaces. This literature review brings together relevant research from the fields of law, communication, psychology, and public health to explain how image-based abuse has become an ever-present threat to privacy, safety, and speech.

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Analysis and Response Toolkit for Trust: Call for Contributors

When a contentious and complicated topic, like vaccine efficacy, arises in online conversations, how can health communicators de-escalate conflict, increase understanding, and build common ground? In a collaboration between Hacks/Hackers’ Analysis and Response Toolkit for Trust (ARTT) project, MediaWell is calling for scholars in relevant fields to contribute to a interdisciplinary research review on how to improve information exchanges and build trust, both online and off.


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Reflecting on the State of Digital Media Data Research

Researchers studying digital media data face a host of challenges. In this essay, researcher Josephine Lukito outlines the issues facing the field, including data access, storage, analysis, and ethical concerns, and outlines some recommendations for advancing the field.

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Research Topics

  • Targeted Disinformation

    Recent research reveals how contemporary online harassment fits into historical patterns of oppression of women, minorities, and vulnerable groups.
  • Polarization and Political Manipulation

    In recent years, the consequences of ideological polarization have increased dramatically within the rise of political manipulation from mis- and disinformation spread both online and off. This research topic explores the causes of growing polarity and divides among ideological communities and searches for solutions.
  • Algorithms and Automation

    Researchers are exploring how disinformation campaigns use bots and automation tools, and how algorithms can encode and reproduce biases and ideologies.

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