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How shared partisanship leads to social media connections
MIT News | February 11, 2021

Twitter experiment shows clear self-selection into social media “echo chambers” due to political preferences, says paper co-authored by IDSS affiliate David Rand.

Noelle Selin, Jessika Trancik and Alexander Rakhlin

Three IDSS Faculty Awarded Promotions
February 10, 2021

IDSS is delighted to share that three faculty members have been promoted to the rank of full professor, effective July 1, 2021: Noelle Selin and Jessika Trancik, core members of IDSS, and Alexander (Sasha) Rakhlin, BCS and IDSS core faculty member.

Political Scientist In Song Kim

Political scientist In Song Kim receives the 2021 Levitan Prize
MIT SHASS News | February 10, 2021

New project by the inventor of LobbyView.org will advance trade theory and the ability of citizens to influence public policy-making.

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MIT Sloan study finds strong evidence of political bias in formation of social media ties
MIT Sloan Office of Media Relations | February 9, 2021

Democrats and Republicans equally favor interactions with co-partisans online

Andrew Lo

Out of Grief, MIT’s Andrew Lo Invented a Better Way to Finance Biomedical Innovation
Bloomberg Businessweek | February 8, 2021

A company he inspired, BridgeBio Pharma, is worth $9 billion and is creating cures for orphan diseases

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A trail-blazing cohort
February 8, 2021

IDSS and education partner Aporta celebrate learners who have completed the MicroMasters in Statistics and Data Science, gained professional skills, and contributed to data projects for social good.

Cathy Wu

Examining the world through signals and systems
LIDS | February 5, 2021

LIDS professor Cathy Wu uses reinforcement learning study how traffic systems behave, and how autonomous vehicles in those systems ought to behave to get the best possible outcomes.

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‘I know what you bought at Chipotle’
MIT News Office | February 3, 2021

MIT researchers from LIDS have developed an algorithm that can break down anonymized bill totals into individual item costs, creating an overview of how many people are buying a specific item or service.

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Sarah Williams named director of the Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism
MIT News | February 1, 2021

IDSS affiliate Sarah Williams will lead the LCAU, a center with a research focus on planning, design, construction, and retrofitting of urban environments for the 21st century.

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The Abuse and Misogynoir Playbook
Montreal AI Ethics Institute | February 1, 2021

IDSS Fellow Kate Turner, TPP alum Danielle Wood, and Catherine D'Ignazio (MIT DUSP) have written a new playbook addressing the racial and gendered oppression that Black women face in the AI ethics field.


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