Open source software is the infrastructure of the Internet, but it is less diverse than the tech industry overall. In this deep-dive on gender in open source, we speak to CMU’s Laura Dabbish and Anita Williams Woolley about what’s keeping women from participating in open source software development and how increased participation benefits society as a whole.
Sara Kiesler, Hillman Professor Emerita of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction, has been named a Carnegie Mellon University Professor. This is the highest distinction a faculty member can achieve at CMU.
"Algorithm models and machine learning systems. Whether we realize it or not, our daily lives center around them," explained a team of Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate students in their paper for Jason Hong's Social Web course. From recommending additional purchases to trading stock on Wall Street, algorithms help us navigate the overwhelming amount of information and decisions in front of us. However, they may be more involved in our daily lives than people care to admit.
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In the days of Prohibition, thirsty men and women used a secret knock to enter speakeasies. Occasionally, a nefarious sort who'd been rejected from the club would study the secret knock from afar and use it to gain admission.
The Human-Computer Interaction Institute had a strong presence at the 14th International Web for All (W4A) conference in Perth, Australia, where researchers accepted both the Best Technical Paper award and won the Accessibility Challenge.
Thanks to screen readers, 285 million visually impaired people worldwide are able to browse the Internet by responding to audio readings of image descriptions and text on websites. But how can these unique users avoid phishing attacks, malicious links disguised as innocuous ones? As one group of CyLab students will tell you: there’s an app for that, and they’re creating it.
In a recent article on CNBC, Assistant Professor Chinmay Kulkarni shared his research that is bringing together individuals with very different viewpoints. Kulkarni's research focuses on building technology that can support and improve how people live and learn. So he was quick to spot an opportunity following the election to connect groups of people with differing opinions for a positive gain.
"It is easy to say, 'I'm going to talk to somebody else and try to understand them,' but without the right circumstances, you're quickly at each other's throat," Kulkarni said.
Personal interactions on Facebook can have a major impact on a person's feelings of well-being and satisfaction with life just as much as getting married or having a baby, a new study by Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook researchers shows.
But not just any interaction has these positive effects. Passively reading posts or one-click feedback such as "likes" don't move the needle. What really makes people feel good is when those they know and care about write personalized posts or comments.