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Facebook and the Arab Spring | The Facebook Dilemma

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Learn how social media giant Facebook's platform played a seemingly pivotal role in the “Arab Spring,” a wave of protests and demonstrations in the Middle East and North Africa during 2010–2012 that led to regime changes, in this video excerpted from The Facebook Dilemma: FRONTLINE. In 2011, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was prompted to resign due to a month of growing protests against his regime. Online activists led by Wael Ghonim had sparked a “revolution” using Facebook as an organizing tool. However, in the wake of regime change, the same tool that had so effectively unified the people in Egypt would soon be perceived to polarize society.

Facebook and the 2016 Election | The Facebook Dilemma

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Consider whether Facebook bears responsibility for the rise of fake news and polarization seen during the 2016 U.S. presidential election in these videos excerpted from The Facebook Dilemma: FRONTLINE. Facebook had become a massive distributor of news in the years leading up to 2016. However, the company’s leadership didn’t regard itself as responsible for the accuracy of content posted to the site and did not take measures to edit any of it. As a consequence, false stories, many of them eventually traced to a small town in Macedonia, spread on its platform in the run-up to the 2016 election. With its algorithm determining which content would be most prominently displayed to which users, some argue Facebook played a significant role in the polarization of politics in America.

Pam Boyers: Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Simulation, UNMC | What If – Innovator Insights

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NOTE: Spanish version is captions only.

Pam Boyers helped create iExcel at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. iExcel uses simulation and visualization technologies to improve health care education.

Innovation Insights features short video interviews with innovators and creators answering questions about things like influences, passions, and mistakes, and offering advice for the next generation of innovators.

The Government's Hand | The Economics Classroom: Workshop 3

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This one hour video workshop explores the role of government in a market economy. The classroom activities demonstrated in three high school classrooms emphasize that government protects property rights, corrects market failures, provides for pure public goods, and provides other goods and services. They also show how some government policies can have unintended consequences.

Why Markets Work | The Economics Classroom: Workshop 2

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This one hour video workshop employs simulations and exercises to illustrate key concepts of the market—the foundation of a free market system—with special emphasis on the interplay of supply and demand. Students will learn that the laws of supply and demand are critical to understanding not only economics, but other aspects of human behavior as well.

How Economists Think | The Economics Classroom: Workshop 1

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This one hour video workshop visits three high school classrooms and introduces the basics of economics. Economics can be broadly defined as how people react when pursuing their own interests in a situation of scarcity. This workshop shows how teachers introduce their students to the basic building blocks of economic thinking. In a good economics course, students learn the economic way of thinking, rather than a definite set of conclusions. This first workshop in the series presents some of the key ideas that constitute an economic way of thinking. Educators Elaine Schwartz, Steve Reich, and Jay Grenawalt deomonstrate teaching strategies to engage students to understand the basics of economics.

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