Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom’s new book, Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World, was published by Penguin Random House this week. Their book has been reviewed by Wired Magazine and The Economist.
Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom also co-authored an op-ed piece that ran in NBC News’ THINK section: “Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 prevention? How to separate science from partisanship.”
TASCHA (Technology and Social Change Group), in partnership with the City of Seattle, Comcast, Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI), Seattle Information Technology Department (Seattle IT), and InterConnection, launched The Digital Bridge pilot program. The program is funded in part by a COVID-19 economic recovery research grant from the UW Population Health Initiative. TASCHA researchers Chris Jowaisas and Stacey Wedlake will “investigate key questions related to the program design, implementation, and participant experience to increase the understanding of participants’ needs, implications for future program design, and the impact on those who received services.” The project was featured in the following articles:
- GeekWire: “Seattle and Comcast launch $100,000 initiative to improve technology access for job seekers.”
- Seattle PI: “Seattle launches program to help get laptops, internet to low-income communities seeking jobs.”
- Built in Seattle: “Seattle Offers Free Laptops, Broadband to Bridge the City’s Digital Divide.”
- South Seattle Emerald: “City of Seattle and Comcast Invest $100,000 to Address Digital Equity with Digital Bridge Program.”
Chirag Shah attended the ACM SIGIR 2020 virtual conference last week:
- presented a tutorial titled, “Task-based Search and Intelligence.”
- had a paper accepted to the Proceedings of the 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval titled, “Fairness-Aware Explainable Recommendation over Knowledge Graphs.” The paper was co-authored by Zuohui Fu, Yikun Xian, Ruoyuan Gao, Jieyu Zhao, Qiaoying Huang, Yingqiang Ge, Shuyuan Xu, Shijie Geng, Yongfeng Zhang, and Gerard de Melo.