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Taking aim at 'astroturfing'

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Many social media users rely on their feeds for news, but those feeds are sometimes flooded with disinformation from people and organizations with their own agenda — a phenomenon known as "astroturfing."  Tanu Mitra, an assistant...

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'Blown away' by hackathon

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Women in Informatics (Winfo), an Information School student organization, welcomed 190 students from across the UW for its ninth annual Hackathon. The three-day event was hosted on an online video conferencing platform, Remo, starting Jan...

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How do Alexa and Siri affect kids?

Friday, January 8, 2021

Many families have unwittingly been taking part in a huge social experiment. They’ve invited conversational agents such as Siri and Alexa into their homes, but how do these new technologies affect children’s social development? The...

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Podcast: the documents that elect a president

Monday, January 4, 2021

Everybody’s heard the saying “one person, one vote,” right?  Deep down we all know better, far from it, through various notions of who qualifies as a "person” and who gets to vote and yet still we say it. Elections are...

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Lab's quest: Fairer, smarter search results

Friday, December 18, 2020

Can our search results be fairer? Can the systems that generate them be smarter? Are the recommendations we get from Google, Amazon or Netflix really the best they can be? Those are some of the topics researchers investigate in the...

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'A force of nature'

Friday, November 6, 2020

Universities expect graduate students to engage in scholarly research. Undergraduates, not so much. Jill McKinstry, champion of rigorous undergraduate learning, set out to change that on the University of Washington campus....

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Student leaders give high schoolers a taste of Informatics at hackathon

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Twenty-six middle and high school students in Washington state spent four days brainstorming technology solutions in an online challenge hosted by Information School student leaders.  The event, “Fear Less, Tech More,” is part of “High School to iSchool,” a series of events designed to...

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iSchool MLIS program re-accredited by ALA

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the University of Washington Information School was re-accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) in early 2021. The UW’s MLIS program has been continuously accredited by the ALA since 1926 and is the oldest accredited program...

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17 iSchool students win UW Libraries scholarships

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Seventeen Information School students were among 36 recipients of UW Libraries Student Employee Scholarships, the university has announced. The winners include 15 students from the iSchool’s Master of Library and Information Science program and two from the Master of Science in Information Management...

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Technology helps teens cope with COVID, researchers find

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The teenage years can be difficult on anyone’s mental health. With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing most teens online for school and social activities, how are they holding up?  A research team including iSchool Ph.D. candidate Caroline Pitt and Professor Katie Davis wanted to know how teens are...

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Alumni inspire us in so many ways

Friday, February 5, 2021

The call for nominations went out recently for the Information School’s annual Distinguished Alumni Award. While I always enjoy honoring a standout alum, the award is just a small snapshot of the impact of our alumni. I know they are out there distinguishing themselves in countless ways — in a moment or...

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