Politics & public policy

A fake President Obama and a real President Obama, as part of deepfake explanation

New technology helps media detect ‘deepfakes’

From wrinkled noses to pursed lips, the distinct quirks in how we speak may hold the key to combating manipulated videos.

Lee sisters pose together in the feminine products aisle of a store

Activist, entrepreneur duo ready to throw the ‘pink tax’ overboard

It's a classic American story: Soon-to-be grads Helen and Rachel Lee are fighting to get a tax — on feminine hygiene products — repealed.

CalFresh table at UC Berkeley

Number of young people facing poverty has increased over last decade

An incomplete social safety net contributes to the problem, paper finds.

Two psychiatrists walk in Oakland

These psychiatrists bring mental health care to those who need it most

A program at UCSF is training psychiatrists to care for people often overlooked by the mental health care system.

Hands holding up a #MeToo sign

How has #MeToo changed the way we live?

A new study provides insight into three questions that are central to today’s media coverage of #MeToo.

A group of people discussing family detention

Taking the border crisis to heart

Students and faculty assist mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S.

Person watching a video on a computer

UC Berkeley students investigate war crimes using social media

A new generation of human rights investigators is already contributing to vital and Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

Margot Kushel with a patient

UCSF launches new Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative with $30M gift

Marc and Lynne Benioff's donation will create a first-of-its-kind initiative to research the causes of homelessness and find solutions.

Darrin Bell cartoon with two ballot boxes

UC Berkeley alumni score three 2019 Pulitzer Prize victories

The campus boasts three new alumni winners and several other finalists and contributors.

Collection of plastics

Measuring plastic's impact on our air

Researchers determine the extent to which plastic contributes to climate change. It's a lot.

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