The Politics of #HimToo

In an op-ed posted in The New York Times by a contributing writer,  Abby Wood, USC Gould School, was quoted on the standard of acceptable behavior established by the Democratic Party. I’m struck by where the Democrats drew this line. Suppose they had drawn it somewhere between the allegations against Rep. John Conyers and those…

When fake news is funny (or “funny”), is it harder to get people to stop sharing it?

Nieman Lab quoted Abby Wood of the USC Gould School on how current political advertising laws could be applied to reduce the negative impacts of fake news. A case for the U.S. government to regulate fake news. “Fake news is native advertising, or ‘disinformation advertising.’ Despite strong First Amendment protection of political speech, government can…

Drudge, Facebook, NYT readers could face libel suits for sharing ‘fake news’ under Dem plan

Fox News (in a Washington Examiner story) highlighted a paper by Abby Wood of the USC Gould School and colleagues proposing government regulation of “fake news” on the internet. Wood and colleagues argue that sharing an item that has been flagged as “untrue” may make an individual liable under libel laws. Read Fox News here…

Open up the black box of political advertising

The San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed by Abby Wood of the USC Gould School and colleagues about the lack of regulation on political advertising that can be micro-targeted by Facebook and other platforms. During the 2016 presidential race, Trump’s campaign targeted likely Clinton supporters through Facebook with finely honed “dark posts” — visible to no one…

PEPL at the intersections of politics, economics and the law

by Janna Rezaee

This past June, I co-organized the Political Economy and Public Law (PEPL) conference here at USC with my colleague, Abby Wood. The goal of this small conference is to strengthen the connections between legal scholars and social scientists doing work at the intersection of politics, economics, and law.

This was the tenth annual PEPL conference. Prior to USC, PEPL has been held at Cornell, New York University, University of Rochester, Washington University in Saint Louis, University of Virginia, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Chicago.

Election scholars explain how random campaign audits can increase transparency for voters

By Matthew Kredell The USC Price School of Public Policy’s Bedrosian Center on Governance hosted a research seminar on Feb. 1 discussing the policy implications of the Federal Election Commission audit program and how increased transparency can inform the electorate. Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Abby Wood…

Grose & Wood research update: Transparency and the Federal Election Commission

Highlights from the USC Price Bedrosian Center Governance Salon presentation featuring Abby Wood and Christian Grose. Watch the full video here. Christian Grose and Abby Wood discussed the policy implications of the Federal Election Commission audit program and how increased transparency can inform the electorate. Transparency has informational benefits to voters and can affect election…