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In collaboration with policial science researchers from Georgia State University and University at Albany, we are developing augmented reality-based experiments to examine the impact of grievance, opportunity and risk as motivating factors when choosing to engage in political protest or terrorism. Study participants assume the role of a fictional ethnic minority in a fictional country and engage in dialogs with virtual characters that attempt to persude the participant to join a peaceful student-led protest or join a violent resistance movement.
The news is the source citizens turn to in order to gain accurate information about the current events of the world. Unfortunately, a large number of trusted news sources are the worst perpetrators of bias; effectively skewing the public's perception of important material. "Who Told it How" is a web-based interactive visualization that displays various elements of the Wendy Davis abortion filibuster, as written in articles by four major news syndicates, in order to expose bias and provide perspective.
Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter‚ where entrepreneurs and artists look to the internet for funding‚ have quickly risen to prominence. However, we know very little about the factors driving the ‚crowd‚Äù to take projects to their funding goal. In this paper we explore the factors which lead to successfully funding a crowdfunding project. We study a corpus of 45K crowdfunded projects, analyzing 9M phrases and 59 other variables commonly present on crowdfunding sites.

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