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    • Merry Miser 

      DeTar, Charles (Charles Frederick) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      This thesis describes the design, implementation, and evaluation of Merry Miser, a persuasive mobile phone application intended to help people to spend less and save more. The application uses the context provided by users' ...
    • The revolutions were tweeted: Information flows during the 2011 Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions 

      Lotan, Gilad; Graeff, Erhardt; Ananny, Mike; Gaffney, Devin; Pearce, Ian; e.a. (International Journal of Communication, 2011)
      This article details the networked production and dissemination of news on Twitter during snapshots of the 2011 Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions as seen through information flows—sets of near-duplicate tweets—across ...
    • What We Should Do Before the Social Bots Take Over: Online Privacy Protection and the Political Economy of Our Near Future 

      Graeff, Erhardt (Presented at Media in Transition 8: Public Media, Private Media, MIT, Cambridge, May 5, 2013)
      Direct interactions between humans and bots generally conjure up images from science fiction of Terminator robots or artificial intelligence gone rogue, like 2001's HAL or The Matrix. In reality, AI is still far from much ...
    • Participatory aid marketplace : designing online channels for digital humanitarians 

      Stempeck, Matt (Matt Kelly) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      Recent years have seen an increase in natural and man-made crises. Information and communication technologies are enabling citizens to contribute creative solutions and participate in crisis response in myriad new ways, ...
    • InterTwinkles : online tools for non-hierarchical, consensus-oriented decision making 

      DeTar, Charles (Charles Frederick) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      Non-hierarchical, participatory, consensus-based decision making has seen an explosion in popularity in recent years. The traditional techniques of formal consensus, however, are limited to face-to-face meetings, which can ...
    • Networked tactics for gender representation in the news 

      Matias, J. Nathan (Jorge Nathan) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      This thesis presents research on gender disparities in online news, followed with three open source designs that attempt to address those disparities. Open Gender Tracker is a platform that applies automated gender analysis ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Action path : a location-based tool for civic reflection and engagement 

      Graeff, Erhardt (Erhardt Charles) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      Many platforms for civic engagement, whether online or offline, require that citizens leave the places they normally inhabit physically or virtually and commit to a separate space and set of processes. Examples include ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Mapjack : a mobile based Wiki for collaborative map making 

      Ntabathia, Jude (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      The internet has enabled people with few or no formal qualifications to create, share and disseminate cartographic information. One of the best platforms that has empowered citizens to create cartographic data is OpenStreetMap. ...
    • The International Affiliation Network of YouTube Trends 

      Platt, Edward; Bhargava, Rahul; Zuckerman, Ethan (Proceedings of the Ninth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 2015)
      Online video, a ubiquitous, visual, and highly share- able medium, is well-suited to crossing geographic, cultural, and linguistic barriers. Trending videos in particular, by virtue of reaching a large number of viewers ...
    • 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, ...
    • Said-Huntington Discourse Analyzer : a machine-learning tool for classifying and analyzing discourse 

      Hashmi, Muhammad Ali, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      Critical discourse analysis (CDA) aims to understand the link "between language and the social" (Mautner and Baker, 2009), and attempts to demystify social construction and power relations (Gramsci, 1999). On the other ...
    • Three Provocations for Civic Crowdfunding 

      Davies, Rodrigo (Information, Communication and Society, 2015-01-08)
      The rapid rise of crowdfunding in the past five years, most prominently among US-based platforms such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, has begun to attract the attention of a wide range of scholars, policymakers and practitioners. ...
    • Legal and ethical issues in the use of telepresence robots:best practices and toolkit 

      Barabas, Chelsea; Bavitz, Christopher; Matias, J. Nathan; Xie, Cecillia; Xu, Jack (We Robot 2015 Fourth Annual Conference on Robotics, Law & Policy, University of Washington School of Law, 2015-03-27)