Fact Tank Sep. 16, 2014

10 big questions the Pew Research Center has tackled in the past decade

For Pew Research’s 10-year anniversary, here’s a list of 10 big research questions we’ve answered over the years that speak to broad ways that America and the world is changing.

Fact Tank Sep. 5, 2014

What drove spike in public comments on net neutrality? Likely, a comedian

While some evidence suggests that the amount of news media coverage mirrored that of the public’s comments on the FCC’s proposed net neutrality policy changes, our analysis found that more likely drivers of comments were grassroots efforts, as well as a popular comedian’s 13-minute segment on net neutrality that aired on cable television and found a large online audience.

Fact Tank Aug. 15, 2014

As machines take on more human work, what’s left for us?

Over the next decade or two, the spread of robotics and machine intelligence likely will affect millions of U.S. workers in jobs long thought to be relatively immune to computerization.

Fact Tank Aug. 6, 2014

Reshaping the workplace: Tech-related jobs that didn’t exist (officially, at least) 15 years ago

Technological change already has reshaped the U.S. workforce — creating new job categories while others fade away.

Fact Tank Jul. 14, 2014

Where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are

While the U.S. continues to address the international fallout from the National Security Agency revelations, a new report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts reveals a different kind of wiretapping: a list of where federal and state judges have authorized law enforcement to listen to phone communications as part of criminal investigations throughout 2013.

Fact Tank Jul. 8, 2014

Public libraries and the quiz-takers who love them

The Pew Research Center recently released a library user quiz sorting Americans into different typologies based on how they use and view libraries. Here are the results.

Fact Tank Jul. 8, 2014

CDC: Two of every five U.S. households have only wireless phones

Two of every five U.S. households have no landline phones, but the growth rate of cord-cutting slowed last year.

Fact Tank Jul. 2, 2014

Facebook’s experiment causes a lot of fuss for little result

The controversy over what the Facebook researchers did may be overshadowing other important discussions, specifically conversations about what they really found—not much, actually—and the right and wrong way to think about and report findings based on statistical analyses of Big Data.

Fact Tank Jun. 30, 2014

7 surprises about libraries in our surveys

As librarians around the country gather in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, here are findings that stand out from our research.

Fact Tank Jun. 11, 2014

Can Twitter survive in a Facebook world? The key is being different

In November 2010, 8% of online adults used the platform. As of January 2014, 19% of online adults were using Twitter.