Data & Society Research Institute

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Nonconsensual image sharing: one in 25 Americans has been a victim of "revenge porn"

Media coverage of revenge porn largely focuses on instances when celebrities have had private nude or explicit photos or videos made public without their consent, but this experience is not limited to the famous and newsworthy.
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Data voids: where missing data can easily be exploited

This paper offers some basic background on search engines, before discussing the different types of data voids that appear in search engines and adjacent recommender systems, the challenges that search engines face when they encounter data voids, and the ways data voids can be exploited...
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Deepfakes and cheap fakes

In this report, the authors trace decades of audiovisual (AV) manipulation to demonstrate how evolving technologies aid consolidations of power in society. Deepfakes, they find, are no new threat to democracy.
Article

Owning ethics: corporate logics, silicon valley, and the institutionalization of ethics

This article investigate the tensions that arise when adapting ethics initiatives at Silicon Valley tech companies.
Report

Source hacking: media manipulation in practice

Online media manipulators often use specific techniques to hide the source of the false and problematic information they circulate. The authors label this strategy “source hacking.” Typically used during breaking news events, source hacking targets journalists and other influential public figures to pick up falsehoods...