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5 reasons why online Big Data is Bad Data for researching social movements

I know, I know, it’s digital blasphemy to say that using Internet data is a terrible way to study social movements. What about all of those Twitter and Facebook revolutions of the Arab Spring? And Occupy Wall Street? #Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter spread like wildfire, for God’s sake. You may think that I’m a luddite who [...]

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An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Is Facebook a Human Right?

Hi Mark, I just read your Facebook post: “Is Connectivity a Human Right?” and I thought I’d share my perspective (and answer) with you. First off, you’ve discovered that not every individual in this world has Internet access. Welcome. I’m a doctoral candidate in sociology up the road from you at UC Berkeley. Yeah, that [...]

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Big Data is Too Small: How the Digital Divide Leaves People Out

In my post on PBS.org’s MediaShift, I contend that Big Data is Too Small. I will also be giving a talk on the topic at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting on August 13 in New York. Here’s the lede: “The utopian hype over Big Data is being critiqued on many fronts. After all, it isn’t that new. [...]

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7 Myths of the Digital Divide

Check out my guest blog post at Cyborgology on the 7 Myths of the Digital Divide. I have heard so often from pundits, colleagues and, well, the Internet, that either digital inequality doesn’t matter or it’s over, so I decided to write this post based on the most common tropes that I hear (p.s. class [...]

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