Katie Kuksenok’s Article on Social Media in Ukraine Shared on Medium

Posted by Daniel Perry on December 12, 2014

Katie Kuksenok, SCC lab member and CSE PhD student, recently shared an article titled Hope, Lies & The Internet: Social Media in Ukraine’s Maidan Movement on the online journalism platform Medium. Kuksenok was a visiting scholar at the Central European University Center for Media, Data, and Society this past year, conducting research in Kyiv on online activism campaigns, and multilingualism in social media, connected to the Maidan movement.

Image from the article Hope, Lies & The Internet: Social Media in Ukraine’s Maidan Movement by K. Kuksenok on Medium

Image from Hope, Lies & The Internet: Social Media in Ukraine’s Maidan Movement by K. Kuksenok on Medium

When asked about the effects of social media on political movements, Kuksenok notes that “a political movement is a physical phenomenon, not just an online one. Real-world action and discussion is the critical outcome, not the virtual interaction that helps organize or inform. Measuring online activity, the numbers of Likes and Shares, is a truly tiny fragment of the picture. A video shared on social networks, created by journalists, re-appropriated by individuals engaged in truth-finding campaigns has an impact not because of how much it is Liked and Shared, but because it gained critical mass and became a catalyst for discussion beyond the technology.”

The article is an introduction to the role of social media in the Maidan movement. The intersection of multilingualism and online engagement will be the subject of her contribution at the upcoming international SOYUZ meeting on post-socialist studies.

The entire article Hope, Lies & The Internet: Social Media in Ukraine’s Maidan Movement by K. Kuksenok can be read on Medium: https://medium.com/what-about/hope-lies-the-internet-9a983cd68f66


Taylor Scott’s HCDE Inspired Comic ‘Not Quite Human’ in UW Today

Posted by Daniel Perry on December 02, 2014

What can a life-sized robot named Pal teach us about human centered design methods? Apparently quite a bit when interacting with its creator in the comic strip Not Quite Human, authored by lab member and HCDE PhD student Taylor Scott. The comic was borne out of HCDE professor Charlotte’s Lee’s directed research group Comics Made by You: HCDE for Everyone, which seeks to make the topic of HCDE accessible to a broader audience through the use of comics. Scott’s work was recently featured in a UW Today article about the class. Great work Taylor! We can’t wait to read more of Pal’s future adventures.

The UW Today article: http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/12/01/what-is-hcde-new-comics-class-aims-to-answer-the-question/


Not Quite Human by Taylor Scott




Lab Director Cecilia Aragon Receives Award for Data Management Project

Posted by Daniel Perry on November 11, 2014

SCC Lab Director and HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon and collaborators at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab recently received a $300K award from the US Department of Energy to research and develop tools for improving scientific workflows and the use of massive supercomputers. The project, Usable Data Abstractions for Next-Generation Scientific Workflows, will utilize user-centered design processes and an ethnographic approach to study the hardware and software tools used to harness large scale scientific data. The project will initially focus on the climate sciences and combustion physics.

A further description of the project can be found on the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab website.

SCCL Members Attend Data Science Environment Summit

Posted by Daniel Perry on November 01, 2014
The Data Science Environment (DSE) Summit took place in Monterey, California October 5 – 8, attended by SCCL Director Cecilia Aragon, and lab members Brittany Fiore-Silfvast (postdoctoral fellow), and PhD students Michael Brooks and Katie Kuksenok. The inaugural summit brought together over a hundred participants involved in the Moore and Sloan Foundation’s Data Science Environment grant across the three partner institutions: the UW, UC Berkeley, and NYU.  Aragon is the PI for Ethnography and Evaluation Working Group for the grant. Sessions at the summit attended by lab members included topics on curriculum development and education for data science and data science ethnography.