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Kate Starbird

Kate Starbird

Associate Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington
Kate Starbird is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) and Director of the Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation (emCOMP) Laboratory. She is also adjunct faculty in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and the Information School and a data science fellow at the eScience Institute.

Kate's research is situated within human-computer interaction (HCI) and the emerging field of crisis informatics — the study of how information-communication technologies (ICTs) are used during crisis events. Her research examines how people use social media to seek, share, and make sense of information after natural disasters (such as earthquakes and hurricanes) and man-made disasters (such as acts of terrorism and mass shooting events). More recently, her work has shifted to focus on the spread of disinformation in this context.

Kate's research touches on broader questions about the intersection of technology and society—including the vast potential for online social platforms to empower people to work together to solve problems, as well as salient concerns related to abuse and manipulation of and through these platforms and the consequent erosion of trust in information.

5 types of misinformation to watch out for while ballots are being counted – and after

Nov 08, 2020 10:52 am UTC| Politics

With no clear winner yet in the presidential election, theres an opportunity for partisan activists, conspiracy theorists and others to exploit public uncertainty and anxiety to attempt to delegitimize the election...

Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the pandemic

Jul 24, 2020 14:31 pm UTC| Insights & Views

The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned an infodemic, a vast and complicated mix of information, misinformation and disinformation. In this environment, false narratives the virus was planned, that it originated as a...

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Economy

US asks Australia not to charge Facebook, Google for local news

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S. Korea's data industry enjoys 14% on-year growth

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S. Korean exports to Japan plunge 11.7% to $25 billion in 2020

South Korean exports to Japan shrank 11.7 percent to $25.09 billion in 2020 from 2019 due to a pandemic-triggered plunge in petrochemical and steel products shipments, falling export prices, and low oil costs. Japan,...

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The UK meat industry warned of looming border chaos as customs checks with the EU halted cross-border meat deliveries. To ease into the new customs checks, British meat firms have reduced trade volumes with the EU and...

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Politics

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Barack Obama revelation: Ex-POTUS reveals ultimatum given to him by daughters Malia and Sasha

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Donald Trump impeachment: Rudy Giuliani will not represent outgoing POTUS in Senate trials

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Science

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Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

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Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

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Technology

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy S21 series, and it joined that smartphone lines that will ship without the usual in-box free charger. The company has also hinted at doing to same for future Galaxy devices, possibly...

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S. Korea requires tech firms Google, Facebook, Netflix to stabilize services

South Koreas ICT ministry reminded global tech giants Google, Facebook, and Netflix and local tech firms Naver, Kakao, and Wavve, to provide stable services as mandated by the countrys new law. Last year, South Korea...
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