New Journal Article: Racial Formation, Inequality and the Political Economy of Web Traffic

New Journal Article: Racial Formation, Inequality and the Political Economy of Web Traffic

Few studies attempt to demonstrate whether and how systemic racial inequality might form on the web. I use racial formation theory to conceptualize how race is represented, and systematically reproduced on the web, and how both may reveal forms of racial inequality. Using an original dataset and network graph, I document the architecture of web traffic, and the actual traffic patterns among and between race-based websites. Results demonstrate that web producers create hyperlink networks that steer audiences to websites without respect to racial or nonracial content. However, user navigation reflects…

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The Atlantic: The Internet May Be as Segregated as a City

The Atlantic: The Internet May Be as Segregated as a City

The Atlantic┬árecently reported on my new study about race and inequality on the Internet. The study demonstrates, among other things, patterns of segregation apparent in how users navigate the Web.  

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