I did a podcast! ‘Cybercrime Conversations #12 – Social Cybersecurity’

It was a pleasure to speak this week with Rod Graham, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University, about my Social Cybersecurity research and my lifelong journey to Carnegie Mellon University. We also talked a fair amount about Zen Buddhism – it turns out he and I have that in common, too. Small world!

My ideas for ‘Theory-Driven Interface Design Strategies to Address ‘False News’ on Social Media’

I have enjoyed my work for the past two years on our Social Cybersecurity project at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Building on my news and social media background, I’ve also been working on some specific ideas for design strategies to address viral hoaxes, rumors and disinformation/misinformation in social computing systems. Many thanks to HCI faculty Niki Kittur and Geoff Kaufman for providing ideas for prior work to incorporate into these strategies, and to Kathleen M. Carley for her perspective as a computational sociologist.

Poster for Knight Foundation site visit to Carnegie Mellon University, April 8, 2019. Abstract: Non-expert users and experts such as journalists alike can have trouble judging the quality of the content and sources that they encounter in social media. Current interface designs may not be leveraging what we know about how users perceive and judge information when they are multitasking or quickly scanning a display. Our work aims to create new design guidelines for helping busy users to assess false news, unverified rumors and hoaxes in two contexts: (1) Helping users to make their own judgment of 
which specific content should not be trusted; (2) Aiding users in judging the credibility of information sources found in social media.

Today I will debut these for the first time in public and speak with people from the Knight Foundation about some of my ideas. Onward!

July 2018 note: Back to blogging?

It’s been a while since I posted here. Plenty has happened to me! I:

  • Switched my master’s degree field from media arts and science to human-computer interaction.
  • Earned a master’s of science degree in human-computer interaction from Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.
  • Sold my condo in Downtown Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Spent a summer renting a friend’s lake house in Carmel, Ind.
  • Moved to an apartment in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Began work as a doctoral student researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.

Thanks to some timely help from an undergraduate student here, I have this blog up and running again. Given I am already working 40+ hours again, I don’t know if I will be able to keep it up, but I hope to keep posting from time to time – maybe when I’m drinking my morning coffee.

Coffee and newspaper for reading roundup post
Coffee and a newspaper. Photo credit: cafemama via photopin cc