MISC Talk: Andrés Monroy-Hernández

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:30am

Erhlicher Room, 3100 North Quad

Crowdsourcing News Production


How do people living in the midst of war use social media, and what can we learn from them to design the next generation of news technologies?  In this presentation, I start by narrating how residents of cities afflicted by the Mexican Drug War use social media to circumvent censorship imposed by powerful drug cartels. I show how people have created effective alert networks to generate real-time reports of violent events, and how some individuals have emerged as a new type of "war correspondent." I end by presenting a number of civic tech systems we have developed inspired by this research. 

Speaker Bio

Andrés is a lead research scientist at Snap Inc. (makers of Snapchat and Spectacles) and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. He currently directs the human-computer interaction team at Snap, focused on the design and study of social technologies. His research has received best paper awards at CHI, CSCW, HCOMP, and ICWSM, and has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, Wired, NPR, BBC, and The Economist. Andrés was named one of the 35 Innovators under 35 by the MIT Technology Review magazine, and one the most influential Latinos in Tech by CNET. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT, and a BS from Tec de Monterrey in Mexico.