Jacob O. Wobbrock, along with UW iSchool alum Shaun Kane and UW Computer Science and Engineering alum Jeffrey Bigham, have won the 2019 SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award for their paper, “Slide Rule: Making mobile touch screens accessible to blind people using multi-touch interaction techniques.” This award is given every other year to one paper at least 10 years old from the ASSETS conference that has made demonstrable impact on technology for persons with disabilities. Slide Rule was the first work to design accessible interactions for blind users of touch screens just after the release of the iPhone 1 in 2007. Apple later released VoiceOver, its accessibility software for blind and low vision users, which was informed by Slide Rule. Here is the link to the old Slide Rule video from 2008: https://vimeo.com/1928792.
Mike Katell was quoted in the Seattle Met Magazine feature article, Checking Out: Amazon, Microsoft, and the Future of Automated Grocery. He offered his view of the future of automated retail based on current trends, specifically through sensing technologies.
The iSchool’s new Center for an Informed Public received more press:
- Q13 FOX News mentioned the Center on air with the lead, UW Announces 'Fake News' Center
- The Seattle Post-Intelligencer highlighted the Center in the article, 'To promote an informed society': UW to launch new center studying fake news this fall
- Kate Starbird, one of the Center’s Principal Investigators, was quoted by KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross in the opinion piece: It’s up to us to battle social media manipulation
- The UW Be Boundless campaign announced the Center in its newsletter and linked to the UW News article, University of Washington to create UW Center for an Informed Public with $5 million investment from Knight Foundation
- iNews, the UW iSchool newsletter, led with the headline “iSchool to Tackle the ‘Misinformation Epidemic’”, which linked to the UW News article Center for an Informed Public to Study and Combat Misinformation
- Dean Anind Dey addressed the Center in his Dean’s Message: In the battle against misinformation, we're taking a bold approach
- Director Jevin West:
- Was quoted by Seattle’s alt-weekly The Stranger in the article, Is It Possible to Be Funny and Also a Christian? Snopes Investigates. Jevin shared what he teaches about misinformation in his classes.
- Along with Liz Crouse, wrote the article MisinfoDay: Bringing Media Literacy to High School, which was published in the July issue of Alki: The Washington Library Association Journal (page 16).
Alexis Hiniker was quoted in the New York Times Parenting article, Is Your Child a Digital Addict? Here’s What You Can Do.
Kaitlin Throgmorton, Bree Norlander (TASCHA Research Scientist), and Carole Palmer contributed the article Open Data Literacy and the Library to the July issue of Alki: The Washington Library Association Journal (page 27).