Assignment: Is This Really Pew?

The Pew Research Center is a good source of information on many issues; much of our current public debate is informed by data they collect.

So here’s a question: is the site at people-press.org really Pew? Or is it an imposter? How do you know?

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2 thoughts on “Assignment: Is This Really Pew?

  1. Hi Mike
    Thanks for this, I enjoyed it. OK – so this was my approach, instead of looking at the site at people-press.org and pewresearch.org which both look pretty genuine and legit – I went off laterally – I found some interesting things, first of all Wikipedia told me that the full name of Pew Research is in fact “Pew Research Center for the People & the Press” which would seem that the people-press.org URL is not out of the question, given the history.

    Then I went to look that the Library of Congress link for them – as a foreigner in Europe this seemed like a creditable source – https://www.loc.gov/item/lcwa00092962/ that lists the people-press.org as a domain for Pew. Then to be 100% sure I also used Whois.net to see to whom the domain is registered https://www.whois.net/ that confirmed to me that the domain is registered to Pew.

    So given all these three points – my conclusion is yes, it is genuine.
    Is there a better way to do it? The whole process took less time than the time it has taken me to post this comment – say about 3 minutes all told.

    Thanks and best
    Mark

  2. Yes, it is. The way I know is that I went to the main Pew Research site to confirm they link to the same URL for US Politics and Policy. I also checked out who owns the domain via Network Solution’s whois lookup, and sure enough, Pew Research owns it.

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