Joe B. Bak-Coleman
I’m Joe Bak-Coleman, an associate research scientist at the Craig Newmark Center for Journalism Ethics and Secuirty within the Columbia School of Journalism. My research focuses on understanding how collectives make decisions in the face of uncertainty. I’m particularly interested in understanding what makes collective decision-making work and how it can go awry. Over the past decade, I’ve worked on collective decision-making in a range of contexts from animal groups and social media to metascience.
Stewardship of Global Collective Behavior
Communication technology radically reshapes our global social network. How do we ensure these changes will lead towards a sustainable, equitable and healthy world?
Wise and foolish crowds
When do groups outperform individuals in cognitive tasks? Combining experiments and theory, this line of research examine fundamental principles underlying collective wisdom across human and animal groups.
|Jun 23, 2022||New publication out in Nature Human Behavior: Combining interventions to reduce the spread of viral misinformation|
|Mar 1, 2022||New article out in Scientific American: A High-Speed Scientific Hive Mind Emerged from the COVID Pandemic|
|Nov 24, 2021||Op-ed published in The Conversation :The thousands of vulnerable people harmed by Facebook and Instagram are lost in Meta’s ‘average user’ data|
|Jul 14, 2021||“Stewardship of Global Collective Behavior” covered on Recode|