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Biography

Kate Starbird is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) and Director of the Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation (emCOMP) Laboratory. Kate's research is situated within human-computer interaction (HCI) and the emerging field of crisis informatics—the study of the how information-communication technologies (ICTs) are used during crisis events. More specifically, her research examines how people use social media to seek, share, and make sense of information after natural disasters (such as earthquakes and hurricanes) and man-made disasters (such as acts of terrorism and mass shooting events).

Starbird has explored three dimensions of this activity: 1) online organizing, i.e. how people connect and collaborate to help themselves and others in response to crisis events; 2) collective sensemaking and rumoring; and 3) the opportunistic exploitation of these events for the intentional spread of disinformation. This work touches on broader questions about the intersection of technology and society—including the vast potential for online social platforms to empower people to work together to solve problems, as well as salient concerns related to abuse and manipulation of and through these platforms and the consequent erosion of trust in information.

Kate earned her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Technology, Media and Society (2012) and holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University (1997).

Education

  • Ph D, Technology, Media & Society, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012
  • BA, Computer Science, Stanford University, 1997

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Paper
    Detecting Journalism in the Age of Social Media: Three Experiments in Classifying Journalists on Twitter (2019)
    THE 13TH INTERNATIONAL AAAI CONFERENCE ON WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA (ICWSM-2019) Authors: Li Zeng, Dharma Dailey, Owla Mohamed, Kate Starbird, Emma Spiro
  • Conference Paper
    Engage Early, Correct More: How Journalists Participate in False Rumors Online during Crisis Events (2018)
    Proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Authors: Kate Starbird, Dharma Dailey, Owla Mohamed, Gina Lee, Emma Spiro
  • Conference Workshop Paper
    Alternative Narratives of Crisis Events: Communities and Social Botnets Engaged on Social Media (2017)
    Companion of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Authors: A.C. Nied, L. Stewart, Emma Spiro, Kate Starbird
  • Conference Paper
    Centralized, Parallel, and Distributed Information Processing during Collective Sensemaking (2017)
    Proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Authors: P Krafft, K Zhou, I Edwards, Kate Starbird, Emma Spiro
  • Conference Paper
    Drawing the Lines of Contention: Networked Frame Contests Within #BlackLivesMatter Discourse (2017)
    Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction , Volume 1, Issue CSCW, Article 122, Page 23 Authors: Leo G. Stewart, Ahmer Arif, A. Conrad Nied, Emma Spiro, Kate Starbird
  • Conference Paper
    Language Limitations in Rumor Research? Comparing French and English Tweets Sent During the 2015 Paris Attacks (2017)
    Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) Authors: T. Wilson, S.A. Stanek, Emma Spiro, Kate Starbird
  • Conference Short Paper
    #Unconfirmed: Classifying Rumor Stance in Crisis-Related Social Media Messages (2016)
    Proceedings of the International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), Poster Paper. Authors: Li Zeng, Kate Starbird, Emma Spiro
  • Conference Paper
    Could This Be True? I Think So! Expressed Uncertainty in Online Rumoring (2016)
    Proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Authors: Kate Starbird, Emma Spiro, Isabelle Edwards, Kaitlyn Zhou, Jim Maddock, Sindhuja Narasimhan
  • Conference Paper
    How Information Snowballs: Exploring the Role of Exposure in Online Rumor Propagation (2016)
    Proceedings of the ACM 2016 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work Authors: Ahmer Arif, Kelley Shanahan, Fang-Ju Chou, Yoanna Dosouto, Kate Starbird, Emma Spiro
  • Conference Paper
    Keeping Up with the Tweet-dashians: The Impact of 'Official' Accounts on Online Rumoring (2016)
    Proceedings of the ACM 2016 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work Authors: Cynthia Andrews, Elodie Fichet, Yuwei Ding, Emma Spiro, Kate Starbird
  • Conference Paper
    Rumors at the Speed of Light? Modeling the Rate of Rumor Transmission during Crisis (2016)
    Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences Authors: Li Zeng, Kate Starbird, Emma Spiro
  • Conference Paper
    Expressed Uncertainty and Denials as Signals of Online Rumoring (2015)
    Collective Intelligence Conference Authors: Kate Starbird, Emma Spiro, Ahmer Arif, Fang-Ju Chou, Sindhuja Narasimham, Jim Maddock, Kelley Shanahan, John Robinson

Presentations

  • `Automatic Misinformation Detection on Social Media Spaces during Crisis Events (2016)
    2nd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science - Evanston, Illinois
  • A Network-based Approach to Scoping Rumor Stories in Social Media (2016)
    36th Sunbelt Network Conference (INSNA) - Newport Beach, California
  • Modeling rumor diffusion on social media during crisis events (2016)
    36th Sunbelt Network Conference (INSNA) - Newport Beach, California
  • Did You Hear about the Computer that Can Detect Rumors?: An Algorithmic Approach to Rumor Detection (2015)
    Undergraduate Research Symposium - Seattle, WA USA
  • Expressed Uncertainty and Denials as Signals of Online Rumoring (2015)
    Collective Intelligence Conference - Santa Clara, CA USA
  • What Should Count?: A Quantitative Approach to Scoping Rumors in Social Media (2015)
    Social Media and Society Conference 2015 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada