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Co-Laboratory for Data Impact

The Co-Laboratory for Data Impact focuses on narrative data strategies and is committed to advancing civic-oriented and impactful visual storytelling for issues of public urgency in the areas of diversity, transparency, and sustainability. The lab serves as a university hub for faculty, staff, and students looking to communicate visually with data in the public sphere and for external partners of various kinds seeking expertise in this domain. Through creative practice and research, the lab contributes to the fields of design and data journalism, exploring areas such as visual poetics, metaphors, and evidentiary aesthetics. We aim to expand the vocabulary of public data storytelling by using the wellspring of a broad range of approaches: journalistic, design-centric, and artistic. We aim at facilitating sense-making around digital information, while providing the tools for public audiences to understand the world in new impactful ways. We value quantitative rigor and data integrity while risking innovative, poetic and metaphoric data portrayals.

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Designing Solutions to Misinformation  — Tier 1

This project is an investigation of how UI and UX elements can affect the consumption and spread of misinformation on social media platforms. In particular, the team is exploring how design can mitigate the negative effects of social metrics (SM) and filtering algorithms (FA) on the consumption and spread of information and news on such platforms. The assumption is that users’ behavior can be influenced to limit the spread of misinformation by designing new ways to present and visualize SM and to increase users’ awareness of the hidden effects of FA and SM. This assumption is based on previous research on the impact of UX design on user’s digital behavior.

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CfD Team Members: Estefania Ciliotta and Paolo Ciuccarelli

Other Team Members: John Wihbey, Myo Chung, Mike Peacey, and Yuqing Liu

Partners: Sara Colombo and Guangyu Chen – TU Eindhoven

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