social media Tag

flu

Social media is more than just social media. And researchers know exactly how to make more of it. This gigantic platform on the internet is a one-stop open information source about the lives of millions of people and it’s exactly what scientists could use, to say- track down the flu, or even worse, an epidemic.   A team lead by Alessandro Vespignani, Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern...

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social media

Social media has now become one of the most important platforms to share and make your work reach as many as possible. It is one of the best sources to strengthen your professional online presence which can make you achieve a co-op or a full-time job.   Mike Ariale, Assistant Director for Social Media Outreach in Northeastern University’s Career Development Office offers advice on various opportunities available through...

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terrorism

For Max Abrahms, Twitter has opened up a whole new world with regard to his research and scholarship. Abrahms, a terrorism expert and professor of Political Science at Northeastern University, has amassed nearly 40,000 followers and is quite active on Twitter. He underscores that Twitter has benefitted him in myriad ways, from networking to inspiring ideas for the classroom and his research, to opening his...

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In the world of improved communication and faster access to information, it is important for us to know the boundaries and to look after our privacy as we often fall prey to the hands of constant monitoring of artificial intelligence and algorithms. This can be a threat to our civil rights and the right to privacy. To enlighten on this topic, Northeastern University hosted an...

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Facebook's dodgy history with advertisement is one of the most researched online algorithms. The proprietary algorithm supposedly optimises Facebook posts making it more likely that they will reach people who are predisposed to liking them. For a moment, let us leave the ethical issues with tracking each user’s digital footprint on Facebook and subsequently customising their feed aside. Instead, let us focus on what happens...

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The power and viability of social media as a tool to change narratives altogether have changed and this has occurred throughout the watershed election of 2016. A sharp discontinuity can be observed which has forced us to question- how much exactly of our life’s decisions are now being unassumingly affected by data, codes, and algorithms? It all began when revenue generation in the form of...

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As with many post-Soviet states, Ukraine has experienced a tumultuous existence. Leaders pledging allegiance to the European Union and Russia fought multiple elections, exchanging victories and constantly changing foreign policy. However, from Petro Poroshenko to Viktor Yanukovych, there was one common thread binding all Ukrainian politicians- corruption. Of course, corruption is not a Ukrainian problem. From democracies like India to large swathes of pseudo-authoritarian regimes...

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Meme culture has grown rapidly in the 21st century. From the political to the historic to even entertainment, no sphere of life has been spared by this, a unit of cultural information spread largely through social media. Pictures, videos, vines, gifs; they come in many forms. The origins of the meme lie in a book about evolutionary biology by Richard Dawkins, but the online version...

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