UMSI faculty are panelists at 2017 South By Southwest conference

Two UMSI faculty members will be participating on panel discussions at the 2017 South By Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. Chuck Severance will serve on a panel during the conference, which takes place March 6-9; Christian Sandvig will be a panelist at the SXSW Interactive conference March 11-16.

Hit Refresh: Evolving Computer Science Instruction

(Date/time of panel TBA)
Panelists: Charles Severance, U-M Clinical Associate Professor; Christine Alvarado, University of California San Diego Associate Teaching Professor; Dhawal Shah, CEO & Founder of Class Central; Kara Behnke, Teaching & Learning Specialist at Coursera 

The impact of computer science can be seen everywhere. Computer scientists have made online banking, social media, even self-driving cars possible – and it’s the backbone for many of today’s hottest jobs. But CS is also a rapidly changing field, and these engineers have to keep their skills fresh. What can educators do to make sure they’re teaching the latest techniques and tools?

Chuck Severance, along with other CS experts, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of teaching in this rapidly evolving field, lessons they’ve learned through online instruction, and the latest tools and ideas you can use to ‘hit refresh’ on your own instruction.

We Sued For Your Bots

Track: Interactive Future (date/time of panel TBA)
Panelists: Christian Sandvig, UMSI Professor, and Esha Bhandari, American Civil Liberties Union

Forget chatbots: Hello, fairnessbots. Did the employment Web site send your application to the bottom of the pile? Were there apartments for sale that your search never found? Researchers, activists, and journalists are now using bots, scrapers, and sock-puppets on your behalf, testing opaque Internet platforms to ensure that you are treated fairly. Exciting new work in machine learning and computational journalism answers these questions. Yet the people who do it are stymied by the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the antiquated US anti-hacking law. As lead plaintiff and counsel, we'll tell the story of the 2016 ACLU challenge to the law, then speak to the future of fairness and its enemies.