Moderator Solidarity on Reddit: Predicting Participation in the Blackout of July 2015

For the last 40 years or more, online platforms have relied on people to facilitate and support our online communities. In the early 70s, they were the librarians and shopkeepers of Community Memory. In the 80s, they were the WELL's "conference hosts." In the 90s, they were AOL's "community leaders." In 2015, they are Wikipedia's "administrators," Facebook's "admins," Slashdot's "moderators," …

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Reading list on the digital divide/digital inclusion

The Social Media Collective extended family compiled a bibliography on the digital divide (including gender gaps) and ICTD. Thanks to all of those who contributed!   Allen, Steven G. 2001. "Technology and the Wage Structure." Journal of Labor Economics 19:440-483. Anderson, B. 2005. "The value of mixed-method longitudinal panel studies in ICT research." Information, Communication & Society 8:343-367. …

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2015 Advice for Your 856-Year-Old Ph.D.

(or, What's New About Getting an Old Degree?) I'm delighted to be teaching an intro seminar for all the new Ph.D. students in my department's graduate program. One of my goals is to give these students a place to talk about the environment of graduate school itself. How does getting a Ph.D. work? What do you need to know? …

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