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Policy Questions Around Facebook's Algorithm Changes [Podcast]


The algorithms that determine what we see on social media platforms wield a lot of power, especially when it comes to the news that people see. Facebook made big news recently when the company tweaked its algorithm. And did you know some real news stories are not written by humans, but by smart algorithm? In this episode of the Policy 360 podcast, Kelly Brownell discusses the promise and peril of algorithms with Phil Napoli. Napoli was recently awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to explore this topic more closely.


Military Women, Health Care Access, Fake News: Undergraduates’ Policy Research Reflects Interests, Career Plans

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By Adam Beyer

The public policy honors thesis program draws students with a diverse array of passions, all interested in pursuing original research.


Rev. Barber to Speak at Duke for World Day of Social Justice

William Barber

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, founder of the Forward Together Moral Movement, will speak on “Poverty, Health and Social Justice” Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Duke University’s Page Auditorium.


Alumna Leads North Carolina Community College System Through Transition

North Carolina has 58 community colleges, serving approximately 700,000 students annually, spread all across the state. Jennifer Haygood MPP’01 is one of the system’s top administrators.


Judith Kelley Named Dean of the Sanford School

Judith Kelley in classroom

Judith Kelley, an expert on human rights, democracy and international elections, has been named dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.


What Works in Prison Reform

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The N.C. Department of Public Safety recently commissioned a study to determine how the state's prisons could be run more safely. Caitlin Saunders, a recent MPP graduate, and faculty member Joel Rosch wrote the report.


#HumansofDukeSanford Aateeb Khan PPS’17

"There's a very specific reason why I’m interested in Public Policy and I think a lot of it has to do with my upbringing. I'm an American Muslim born and raised very much in the post-9/11 generation."


Students Learn to Lean Across the Aisle [Podcast]

animated image of young people

A student-led initiative on college campuses in North Carolina is tackling one of the most important issue of our time – political polarization. "Leaders for Political Dialogue" convenes students from Duke, N.C. State, UNC and N.C. Central. Students spend a weekend learning how to communicate better with those whose political opinions may differ from their own.


Ewing to Lead Research, Educational Outreach for iMEP Program

Jackson Ewing, director of Asian sustainability at the Asia Society Policy Institute, has been jointly appointed a faculty fellow at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and an adjunct professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, where he will further environmental research and engagement with Duke Kunshan University. He begins his role Jan. 1.


Revealing Durham, NC's Racist Housing History

Archival postcard of the Durham, NC skyscape

Durham, NC is a midsize southern city on the rise, but the city has a legacy of inequality. A new project coordinated by award-winning historian and Sanford professor Robert Korstad is documenting the extent of the inequality. The project is called Bull City 150: Reckoning with Durham's Past to Build a More Equitable Future


#HumansofDukeSanford Christine Kinyua PPS'19

"You have to be willing to take up those societal labels you're given because you really cannot escape society's perception of you. I feel that it is futile to spend my life working to disprove people's perceptions of me when I could be working towards a tangible goal. I don't want my everyday life to be, I wake up in the morning and I have to work ten times as hard to get past certain things just so we can have a conversation."


New Duke Project to Address Energy Needs of World's Poor

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Duke University is launching a project focused on developing new and collaborative ways to meet the energy needs of some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities, President Vincent E. Price announced Wednesday.