report | Feb 8, 2017

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age

Algorithms can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. But experts worry about governmental and corporate control of the data, and how algorithms can produce biased results and worsen digital divides.

report | Apr 1, 2015

Methodology: How Crimson Hexagon Works

To arrive at the results regarding the tone or frame of discussion on social media, and specifically Twitter, Pew Research often uses computer coding software provided by Crimson Hexagon. That software is able to analyze the textual content from all publicly available posts on Twitter. Crimson Hexagon (CH) classifies online content by identifying statistical patterns […]

short read | Aug 25, 2014

Where was Ferguson in my Facebook feed?

There were big differences in the content related to Ferguson on Twitter and Facebook. Was the reason what users wanted from each, or the sites' algorithms?

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