iSchool Research Symposium: “We are all well – A partial history of public information infrastructures after disasters”, Oct 21

iSchool Research Symposium: “We are all well – A partial history of public information infrastructures after disasters”

Monday, October 21, 2019
Bloedel Hall Room 070
12:30 to 1:20 PM, PT
Remote Viewing via Zoom.

Interested in how people create and distribute information (and misinformation) following a natural disaster? You should consider attending the fourth in the iSchool Research Symposium series. Presented by Dr. Megan Finn, the talk focuses upon how today’s post-disaster information landscape is shaped by institutions, policies, and technologies. Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

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Talk: Calling BS in an Age of Misinformation, Oct 7

Calling BS in an Age of Misinformation

Jevin West
Associate Professor
University of Washington Information School

Monday, October 7, 2019
12:30 to 1:20 PM, PT
Bloedel Hall Room 070 or Online via Zoom

Abstract

Since joining the iSchool, I have seen the birth of data science as a field of study and the re-emergence of artificial intelligence as a topic researchers actually associate with. I have experienced blockchain euphoria, the cloud cover of computing, self-driving cars, and virtual assistants. My reasons for techno-optimism are plenty. But they are becoming overshadowed by the darker sides of technology. The rise of misinformation, deep fakes, bot armies, predatory journals, conspiracy-laden recommendations, addictive social media platforms, unfettered facial recognition, algorithmic bias, and the extinction of privacy have deepened my techno-pessimism. The rise of misinformation, in particular, is one of the biggest threats to democracy, human health, and global stability. It has become the focus of my research, teaching and service efforts. In this talk, I will survey a set of projects aimed at combating and better understanding the spread of misinformation in our digital environments, in science and broadly within society.

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Fellowship: Winter Data Science Fellowship Opportunity, Oct 14

Fellowship: Fall Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Deadline: Early applications due Oct 14

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. Continue reading

Fellowship: Fall Data Science Fellowship Opportunity, July 8

Fellowship: Fall Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Deadline: Early applications due July 8

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. Continue reading

Talk: Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, May 5

Talk: Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass

May 15, 2019
7:30 PM (Doors Open at 6:30)
Town Hall Seattle

MSR researchers Mary Gray and Sid Suri are talking about their new book Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass at The Forum at Town Hall on May 15, 2019 at 7:30 (doors at 6:30) at 1119 Eighth Ave. Please visit www.townhallseattle.org for tickets.
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Fellowship: Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity, Apr 15

Fellowship: Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Deadline: Early applications due April 15

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. Continue reading

Hiring: Congressional Research Service’s 2019 Graduate Recruit Program, Apr, 17

Congressional Research Service’s 2019 Graduate Recruit Program is Hiring

Deadline: Applications must be received by April 17, 2019

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has just launched its 2019 Graduate Recruit Program. The highly competitive Graduate Recruit Program offers a variety of paid employment opportunities, including analyst, technical information specialist and librarian positions: Continue reading