Media, Policy, and Public Opinion

Ekdale Awarded $1M Grant to Study Social Media Algorithms

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Brian Ekdale, 2020 summer scholar-in-residence, and now senior faculty affiliate in the Media, Policy, and Public Opinion Research Program, was awarded a $1million grant from the Minerva Research Initiative to continue his research on social media algorithms and extremism.

His work examines how social media algorithms reinforce personal biases, and in some cases lead to extremism. Ekdale presented a virtual lunch and learn on the topic on December 1, as part of his summer scholar agreement. It can be viewed here.

To read more about his grant, and his continued work and the origin of his research group with the Obermann Center, click here.