The WikiSweeper Project (Sept, ’11 – Aug, ’12): An Ushahidi initiative in collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation and funded by Hivos and OSI, this project seeks to understand and potentially develop tools to enable people working on crowdsourced projects to better manage sources during high profile news events. My role is the ethnographer on the research section of the project (entitled “Understanding sources”), responsible for doing an ethnographic study of how Wikipedia editors track, evaluate and verify sources on rapidly evolving pages of Wikipedia. The initial results of the project will be launched on the 7th of April at a seminar at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco.

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Verification (July ’11 – Aug ’12): This is a project to understand how verification is managed and structured in Ushahidi implementations with a view to improving Ushahidi and SwiftRiver source management tools. My role is to conduct ethnographic research on how Ushahidi verification tools are being used/hacked by Ushahidi deployers and what opportunities might exist for their advancement.

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Reputation (2012): A project to determine how might we build a system for reputation management on SwiftRiver. My role was to provide the design team with suggestions based on current research and practice.

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Data Science (Jan-May, 2012): Working at the UC Berkeley School of Information as a Research Specialist, I am writing a proposal for the school’s data science education efforts and helping to design the upcoming DataEdge conference.

Masks: Exploring identity in virtual spaces (May, 2011) This was my I School Masters project in collaboration with Alex Smolen where we explored how to design privacy-preserving systems in the online learning environment. I conducted a grounded study of how I School students, staff and faculty managed their personal and educational identities, and applied this real world example to the Peer to Peer University (P2PU) online education system. We produced a tool to do better privacy risk assessments, and a framework for the designers of online learning systems to use when thinking about the privacy of their systems. I wrote a study of privacy in online education entitled: The Spaces Between: Towards Private Spaces for Peer Learning

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Tor (October, 2011) A grounded theory study of Tor volunteers regarding anonymity and identity, and how Tor volunteers evaluate challenging moral questions.

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