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    • The Battle for ‘Trayvon Martin’: Mapping a Media Controversy Online and Offline 

      Graeff, Erhardt (First Monday, 2014-02-03)
      One of the biggest news stories of 2012, the killing of Trayvon Martin, nearly disappeared from public view, initially receiving only cursory local news coverage. But the story gained attention and controversy over Martin’s ...
    • Beyond Data Literacy: Reinventing Community Engagement and Empowerment in the Age of Data 

      Bhargava, Rahul; Deahl, Erica; Letouzé, Emmanuel; Noonan, Amanda; Sangokoya, David; e.a. (Data Pop Alliance, 2015-09)
    • Caveat emptor, computational social science: Large-scale missing data in a widely-published Reddit corpus 

      Gaffney, Devin; Matias, J. Nathan (PLOS One, 2018-07-06)
      As researchers use computational methods to study complex social behaviors at scale, the validity of this computational social science depends on the integrity of the data. On July 2, 2015, Jason Baumgartner published a ...
    • Characterizing the Life Cycle of Online News StoriesUsing Social Media Reactions 

      Castillo, Carlos; El-Haddad, Mohammed; Pfeffer, Jürgen; Stempeck, Matt (CSCW '14: Proceedings of the 17th ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work & social computing, 2014-02-15)
      This paper presents a study of the life cycle of news articles posted online. We describe the interplay between website visitation patterns and social media reactions to news content. We show that we can use this ...
    • Civic crowdfunding : participatory communities, entrepreneurs and the political economy of place 

      Davies, Rodrigo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      Crowdfunding, the raising of capital from a large and diverse pool of donors via online platforms, has grown exponentially in the past five years, spurred by the rise of Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. While legislative attention ...
    • CLIFF-CLAVIN: Determining Geographic Focus for News Articles 

      D'Ignazio, Catherine; Bhargava, Rahul; Zuckerman, Ethan; Beck, Luisa (NewsKDD: Data Science for News Publishing, at KDD 2014, 2014)
      The growing diversity of news sources available online has led to a signi cant methodological change in eld of global news coverage. Studies of media attention and framing require sophisticated analytic tools to permit ...
    • Coffee Farms as Design Labs: Manifesting Equity x Design Principles in Practice 

      Reynolds-Cuéllar, Pedro; Chong Lu Ming, Rubez (Design Research Society, 2020-08-11)
      New forms of co-design, as a mechanism for collaboration with historically marginalized communities, continue to emerge. From short academic experiences to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, these programs ...
    • Community-Based Technology Co-Design: Insights on Participation, and the Value of the “Co” 

      Reynolds-Cuéllar, Pedro; Delgado Ramos, Daniela (Association for Computing Machinery, 2020-06)
      Evidence and analysis of Community-Based Participatory Design (PD) and Co-Design programs are not abundant. Filling this gap allows for better understanding of (1) the value programs offer from a quantitative standpoint, ...
    • Computational support for media ecosystems research 

      Bell, Rebekah L (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      This thesis summarizes the design, implementation, and evaluation of two end-user web tools for automated content analysis of online news data. The first tool is a visualization that displays neural word embeddings data, ...
    • Conflicting Frames : the dispute over the meaning of rolezinhos in Brazilian media 

      Goncalves, Alexandre A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      This research analyzes the battle of frames in the controversy surrounding rolezinhos- flashmobs organized by low-income youth in Brazilian shopping malls. To analyze the framing of these events, a corpus of 4,523 online ...
    • Creative Data Literacy: A Constructionist Approach to Teaching Information Visualization 

      D'Ignazio, Catherine; Bhargava, Rahul (Digital Humanities Quarterly, 2018)
      Data visualization has rapidly become a standard approach to interrogating and understanding the world around us in domains that extend beyond the technical and scientific to arts, communications and services. In business ...
    • Crowdsourcing as Reflective Political Practice: Building a Location-based Tool for Civic Learning and Engagement 

      Graeff, Erhardt (nternet, Politics, and Policy 2014: Crowdsourcing for Politics and Policy, At Oxford University, Oxford, UK, 2014)
      Many platforms for civic engagement, whether online or offline, are inconvenient and disconnected from the source of issues they are meant to address. They require that citizens leave the places they normally inhabit ...
    • Data Murals: Using the Arts to Build Data Literacy 

      Bhargava, Rahul; Kadouaki, Ricardo; Bhargava, Emily; Castro, Guilherme; D'Ignazio, Catherine (The Journal of Community Informatics, 2016-10-22)
      Current efforts to build data literacy focus on technology-centered approaches, overlooking creative non-digital opportunities. This case study is an example of how to implement a Popular Education-inspired approach to ...
    • Data Sculptures as a Playful and Low-Tech Introduction to Working with Data 

      Bhargava, Rahul; D'Ignazio, Catherine (Presented at Designing Interactive Systems, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017)
      There is a large and growing population of novice learners entering the field of working with data to tell stories, but they face many challenges related to process, methods and tools. This paper argues that activities ...
    • DataBasic: Design Principles, Tools and Activities for Data Literacy Learners 

      D'Ignazio, Catherine; Bhargava, Rahul (The Journal of Community Informatics, 2016-10-08)
      The growing number of tools for data novices are not designed with the goal of learning in mind. This paper proposes a set of pedagogical design principles for tool development to support data literacy learners. We document ...
    • The Design of Pseudo-Participation 

      Palacin, Victoria; Nelimarkka, Matti; Reynolds-Cuéllar, Pedro; Becker, Christoph (Association for Computing Machinery, 2020-04-16)
      Participation is key to building an equitable, realistic and democratic future. Yet a lack of agency in decision making and agenda-setting is a growing phenomenon in the design of digital public services. We call this ...
    • Designing Tools and Activities for Data Literacy Learners 

      D'Ignazio, Catherine; Bhargava, Rahul (Wed Science: Data Literacy Workshop, 2015)
      Data-centric thinking is rapidly becoming vital to the way we work, communicate and understand in the 21st century. This has led to a proliferation of tools for novices that help them operate on data to clean, process, ...
    • Engineering serendipity : Terra Incognita and other strange encounters with global news 

      Kanarinka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      There is a significant body of research that shows that people tend to congregate with others like them and favor information that confirms their existing views. With declining global news coverage and the rise of personalized ...
    • Evaluating civic technology design for citizen empowerment 

      Graeff, Erhardt (Erhardt Charles) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Civic technology should empower us as citizens. Despite its breadth as a field, civic technology often takes its lead from Silicon Valley companies that espouse design goals potentially hazardous to participatory democracy. ...
    • Gender shades : intersectional phenotypic and demographic evaluation of face datasets and gender classifiers 

      Buolamwini, Joy Adowaa (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      This thesis (1) characterizes the gender and skin type distribution of IJB-A, a government facial recognition benchmark, and Adience, a gender classification benchmark, (2) outlines an approach for capturing images with ...