In the Media

  • Some Colleges Cautiously Embrace Wikipedia

    The Chronicle of Higher Education -- 07/24/2018

    Scholars’ skepticism about Wikipedia also stems from its community-authorship model, said Amanda Rust, a digital-humanities librarian at Northeastern University. Not all academics felt that way about Wikipedia in its fledgling days, but a critical mass perceived the online encyclopedia as a threat, Rust said.

  • Uber fills ‘critical’ role of chief privacy officer

    CNN -- 07/24/2018

    “It’s surprising to me that this company, which has had such high profile privacy failures and is sitting on such a large body of personal data had yet to hire a CPO or face significant public pressure to do so,” said Woodrow Hartzog, a law and computer science professor at Northeastern University.

  • Report Finds Inequalities In Boston Public School Assignment System

    WBUR -- 07/24/2018

    The report, conducted by the Boston Area Research Initiative, found that Boston’s algorithm for assigning students to schools is restricting access to high-quality schools for many minority students, and that high-quality schools are disproportionately grouped in the city’s historically white neighborhoods. The findings are reflective of the racial and socioeconomic segregation evident in the city’s geography.

  • From world’s 2nd best to sidelined, MUN Hyperloop team gunning for a comeback

    CBC News -- 07/24/2018

    The joint North American team made up of engineering students from Memorial University and Northeastern University in Boston was the first group to ever run an air-bearing model, meaning they levitated their pod by pushing air from the bottom — something that was previously only an idea.

  • Robots are making sidewalks in Braintree more accessible

    Boston Globe -- 07/24/2018

    StreetScan started as a research project at Northeastern University and became a private company partly owned by the university in 2015, according to Chief Growth Officer Jon-Erik Dillon. He said the company has assessed sidewalks and roads in numerous Massachusetts communities, including Beverly, Brockton, Chelsea, Concord, Everett, Kingston, Newton, Revere, Sharon and Winthrop.

  • Every step you take

    Boston Globe -- 07/24/2018

    This surge in geotargeted ads is raising the ire of privacy advocates, who say marketers can learn far more about us from our location data than we may realize. David Choffnes, an assistant professor of computer science at Northeastern University, has found that some retailers’ apps, running in the background of our phones, collect the GPS coordinates from users every two minutes.

  • Meet the Boston City Councilor With Visions of Becoming the Next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    The Daily Beast -- 07/24/2018

    “It’s hard to compare districts with different boundaries,” said Costas Panagopoulos, a professor of political science at Northeastern University. “But I will say, it creates challenges for incumbents or representatives just because a constituency that they had been cultivating is shaken up in such a way that they have to appeal to new voters and a constituency that’s at least partly different. Those are the kinds of races in which we see incumbents being most vulnerable.”…

  • Israel’s new nation-state law restates the obvious

    The Conversation -- 07/24/2018

    Dov Waxman, Professor of Political Science, International Affairs and Israel Studies at Northeastern University, discusses how Israel’s right-wing coalition government narrowly passed a highly controversial law that had been years in the making.

  • Trump threatened Iran in all capital letters. WHY?

    Boston Globe -- 07/24/2018

    “I think that he is definitely viewing this as, ‘This is emphasis. You are going to have to slow down and read this. You are going to have to pay attention to this,’” said Cynthia Baron, the academic director of digital media programs in Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies.

  • Josh Hawley Says He Never Planned On A Senate Run. Colleagues Thought Otherwise.

    Huffington Post -- 07/24/2018

    In an email sent just days after McCaskill won re-election in 2012 over the infamously gaffe-prone Rep. Todd Akin, a fellow law professor from Boston ended a discussion of Supreme Court cases with a brief question for Hawley. “Also, are you running against mccaskill in 2018?,” Northeastern University’s Dan Urman, wrote to Hawley. “Akin did a great job making himself lose.” Hawley never responded. …

  • Your phone is not secretly spying on your conversations. It doesn’t need to.

    Recode -- 07/23/2018

    On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode’s Kara Swisher talked with Northeastern University researchers Christo Wilson and David Choffnes about a popular online conspiracy theory: Smartphones are secretly turning on their microphones to record conversations and serve us more targeted ads. Wilson and Choffnes just completed a year-long investigation into 17,000 of the most popular Android apps; they concluded that we provide so much info about ourselves through other means that can explain ads that feel eerily well-targeted to our lives.

  • Dive under the ice with the brave robots of Antarctica

    Wired -- 07/19/2018

    The robot can’t be tethered for hardwired communication, on account of the ice, and radio waves don’t work underwater. So instead, Seabed sends signals of sound (like MIT’s hypnotic fish robot). Even then, the robot isn’t always a reliable communicator. “If we are lucky, we get a 256 byte packet once every minute,” says Northeastern University roboticist Hanumant Singh, who developed Seabed. …