Annenberg School for Communication

Finding new ways to evaluate voters’ beliefs

In his dissertation research, joint communication and political science doctoral student Nicholas Dias searches for new ways to gauge voter competency.

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The YouTube algorithm isn’t radicalizing people

A new study from Annenberg School for Communication’s Computational Social Science Lab finds that the YouTube recommendation system is less influential on users’ political views than is commonly believed.

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The mission to get Pennsylvanians online

The Pennsylvania Broadband Research Institute, a collaboration between Penn and Penn State, looks for ways to bridge the digital divide in the state—and the rest of the nation.

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Reading the game with Ginger Fontenot

The fourth-year defender on the women’s soccer team chats about her competitive drive, the charge of a center-back, running five to eight miles per game, playing at home, her favorite memory, and her favorite movie.

Greg Johnson

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s legacy

Three Penn experts—Annenberg Public Policy Center director Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Marci A. Hamilton of the School of Arts & Sciences, and former Penn Carey Law School dean Ted Ruger—share their thoughts on the history-making justice.

Kristen de Groot

In the News


Meta, Google and other social-media companies brace for heightened deepfake perils ahead of 2024 elections

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center says that the capacity exists in 2024 for individuals and nation-states to generate more misleading content that is microtargeted and harder to detect.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Paul Offit looks back on COVID-19, misinformation, and how public health lost the public’s trust in new book

“Tell Me When It’s Over,” a new book by Paul Offit of the Perelman School of Medicine, chronicles the initial years of the COVID-19 pandemic and the mishaps of public health agencies. Recent surveys by the Annenberg Public Policy Center find that mistrust of vaccines has continued to grow through last fall.


Yahoo! Life

Many believe suicide rates increase in December. Research shows it’s the opposite. Here’s why

A study conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that the winter holiday months typically have lower daily suicide rates than the rest of the year, with December showing the lowest incidences of suicides of the year.



Suicides don’t actually spike in winter

A report by Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center offers new evidence that winter holidays play no role in suicide.


Columbia Journalism Review

Warped front pages

In a co-written Op-Ed, PIK Professor Duncan Watts argues that journalistic claims to objectivity in political news are a convenient and self-serving fiction.