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Confronting misinformation

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Misinformation infects the information ecosystem, sowing doubt and confusion. It feeds on openness, transparency and a free exchange of ideas. If misinformation is a virus, democracy is a welcoming host. “I see misinformation as one...

Chirag Shah

Focused on fairness

Monday, August 5, 2019

Does a business such as Spotify have an obligation to be fair? The music streaming service needs to turn a profit. If it doesn’t, the business shuts its doors, the employees lose their jobs and the shareholders have squandered their...

Marika Cifor

'Beyond neutrality'

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Marika Cifor was drawn to the iSchool by its keen focus on social justice. “No matter which area faculty work in, their research, teaching and service address urgent issues of social good, social justice, social importance, diversity,...

Dovi Mae Patiño and Eliza Summerlin

Researchers give teens a spark

Monday, July 8, 2019

A recent art exhibit at Snoqualmie library displayed artwork inspired by teens’ experiences in virtual reality. Called “Here But Not Here,” the exhibit showcased the work of teens who typically are unable to go to the library. They...

Students at Convocation

Congratulations, graduates!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The UW Information School honored 478 graduating students from its undergraduate and graduate programs at Convocation on June 8, 2019, at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The keynote speaker was Xiao Wang, co-founder and CEO of Boundless...

Amanda Chin, Fatima Machado, Annabella Abrao and J. Clare Morrison

Showcasing student achievement

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The iSchool’s 2019 Capstone event, held June 4 at the University of Washington HUB, featured 129 poster presentations and 39 online ones from more than 400 students. Projects were judged for awards in several categories,...

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Ian Burns and Elliot Keder

iSchool alumni help Seattle-based Slalom race ahead

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Slalom is in the business of helping other businesses succeed. For instance, the Seattle-based consulting firm recently helped Alaska Airlines navigate the complex and potentially thorny acquisition of Virgin America. Slalom also specializes in helping companies keep pace with the light-speed evolution of...

Jacob O. Wobbrock

iSchool's Wobbrock honored for accessibility work on mobile touch screens

Monday, September 30, 2019

Information School Professor Jacob O. Wobbrock’s research into touch-screen accessibility is being honored for making a lasting impact over the past 11 years by addressing the needs of people with disabilities in the era of smartphones and tablets. Wobbrock and fellow researchers Shaun Kane, iSchool...

Wanda Pratt

Researchers win funding to study bias in patient-doctor communication

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Information School Professor Wanda Pratt is part of a research team that has won funding to analyze patient-doctor communication to detect and provide feedback on implicit biases. The National Library of Medicine announced $2.8 million to fund the work over the next five years. The project is led by...

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Searle's firm releases new set of 'Reflections on Risk'

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

iSchool Senior Lecturer Annie Searle's ASA Institute has released "Reflections on Risk V," a new collection of essays on topics such as emerging information technology challenges and governance failures. The book consists of 24 research notes from 19 contributors who wrote the notes while students in...

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Annie Searle releases fresh 'Advice from a Risk Detective'

Monday, September 9, 2019

iSchool Senior Lecturer Annie Searle has released a new, third edition of “Advice from a Risk Detective,” a book of practical advice for identifying risks and making plans to deal with them. Searle walks readers through some of life’s most common risks, citing examples from her own life, including a...

Writers in the Secret Garden book cover

Aragon, Davis explore fanfiction’s ‘Secret Garden’ in new book

Monday, August 26, 2019

The internet can be a dark and scary place, especially for teenagers. But in fanfiction communities, teens explore their creative sides and work together to improve their skills, usually without fear of ridicule. “There is a very low incidence of flaming or hate speech in these communities. They’re...

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