Marshini recently presented a longer version of her talk to Imagine All The People On A Trustworthy Internet at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, at the Design, Use, Build seminar at the University of Washington, and the HCI seminar at Stanford University. Despite being virtual, all these seminars were in welcoming, open environments, and it was great to share the insights from the AIR lab with others!
Together with amazing co-organizers, Blase Ur, Yan Shvartzshnaider, and Helen Nissembaum, we held the Third Annual Symposium of Applications of Contextual Integrity at the Department of Computer Science on September 30 and October 1, 2021. This was hybrid event co-organized with CornellTech and went off successfully thanks to volunteers from the AIR lab and SUPERgroup and others from the Department of Computer Science! For instance, Kelly co-chaired a session at the event. Thanks also to our support team, Sandy Quarles, Nita Yack, Tom Dobes, Rob Mitchum, and Rene Noyola!
Marshini participated in a great panel on applications of artificial intelligence for a College Readiness Program offered by the Office of Special Programs in April. She also worked with the Connecting Contexts Team to deliver a workshop on Keeping Kids Safe Online at our partner school in Chicago in April. More recently in June, Marshini gave a talk on misleading online content such as dark patterns and disguised advertisements at the 17th Annual Center for Competition Policy Conference on Rethinking Consumer Policy held virtually at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. She also presented her work on AdIntuition and automatically disclosing online endorsements at the Federal Trade Commission. All these events were held virtually!
We want to congratulate all the graduating AIR lab members including:
- Tara Aggarwal (Undergraduate CS)
- Archie Brohn (Undergraduate CS)
- Regina Catipon (Masters in Computational Social Science)
- Kevin Feng (Undergraduate CS from Princeton)
- Neha Lingareddy (Undergraduate CS)
- Riley Osborn (Undergraduate CS)
We wish these students all the best for the next chapter in their life journeys!
Marshini returned to her PhD Alma Mater, Gatech and the GVU center to give a talk on some of the work from AIR lab that focuses on making the Internet trustworthy and inclusive. A video recording of the talk is available here.
Our joint paper with SUPERgroup led by Maia Boyd received a CHI Honorable Mention award this year. This paper investigates how in-person Black Lives Matters protesters use online privacy and security advice.
Congratulations to Neha Lingareddy and Brennan Schaffner on their accepted workshop paper for the “What Can CHI Do About Dark Patterns?” Workshop to be held virtually at CHI 2021. They will be discussing barriers to deleting an account on the top 20 social media platforms in the USA.
AIR lab members, Shriya Bansal (Co-President/Event Director), Lucy Li (Events Lead), and Neha Lingareddy (Events Flex Chair) who help run CompileHer organized a hackathon online on Feb 6/7 for middle school girls. The theme was <interstell/Her> and creating awareness around space and the solar system. Adam Shaw and Marshini were judges for the competition and were impressed by the range of system designs the participants prototyped in a short amount of time! If you’re interested in helping with CompileHer, consider reaching out to these AIR lab members! Read more about the event here.
Arunesh Mathur received an outstanding dissertation award from ACM SIGCHI in 2021! Arunesh is a PhD graduate of AIR lab precursors, PrincetonHCI lab and NetCHI lab, and an honorary member of AIR lab. His work on examining various forms on online manipulation has been impactful on consumer protection regulations and in moving research forward on studying this online phenomena such as dark patterns of design. Congratulations Arunesh!
AIR lab’s Nick Gondek moderated a great panel of “experts in law, technology, and policy discussing the implications of the historic deplatforming of a US president, as well as recent moves by tech companies to mitigate hate speech and other harmful forms of speech online.” Panelists included:
• Amy Bruckman, Professor and Associate Chair in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech
• Shagun Jhaver, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
• Randy Picker, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago
• Phil Stupak, Fellow at Harris Cyber Policy Initiative and Adjunct Lecturer at University of Chicago Graham School
Sadly, the event was not recorded but Nick did a great job! Well done Nick!