Amy Zhang discusses Online Harassment, Gender Equality Policy, and Scaling Understanding on the Web | MIT Center for Civic Media

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 12:00pm

(Rescheduled from February 8th)

Civic Media's first lunchtime talk of the semester is this Thursday March 16 at noon in E15 room 344.
Please RSVP by 1pm on Wednesday March 15

Amy Zhang: Online Harassment, Gender Equality Policy, and Scaling Understanding on the Web

Amy Zhang is a 4th year Ph.D. student at MIT CSAIL working on studying online discussion and building online discussion systems. In this talk, she will give an overview of three projects:

Wikum is a project that aims to build systems to better bridge discussions and wiki summaries of them. We developed a system to allow a group of people to boil down a large discussion to a set of summaries with little individual effort and are now collaborating with the Wikimedia Foundation to use Wikum to help Wikipedia editors.

Squadbox is a tool to help people experiencing harassment in their emails or personal messages by allowing them to recruit friend moderators. That project is an offshoot of a larger project called Murmur that seeks to reimagine customization and moderation by both senders and receivers in online group discussion platforms, starting with mailing lists.

I will discuss work done at Microsoft Research on using social media signals to characterize ideological leanings in a constituent population in order to predict policy change and policy cascades. They examine the issues of same-sex marriage legalization and abortion policy over the last several years.