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How can social computing technologies effectively support the value of inclusivity in grassroots organizing?
With the increasing presence of censorship on Chinese social media, it is imperative to provide the users of platforms such as Sina Weibo a way to freely share information without alerting the censors and systems of surveillance on social media. The aim of this project is to implement a Real-Time Keyword Aggregator that collects keywords that have most likely resulted in censorship of posts from various publicly available archives of censored sina weibo posts.
As part of the exhibit, Mapping Place: Africa Beyond Paper, which contrasts western concepts of mapping (i.e. Cartesian plots of locations) with other traditional practices, Synlab students created an interactive tabletop installation that lets participants tell their own stories by creating a digital Lukasa, a mnemonic device used by the Luba people of central Africa to record genealogy and history. The exhibition was at the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum from February 27 to June 6, 2014.

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A mobile computing "hackerspace."
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Location: TSRB 333

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GVU Prototyping Lab

From Concept to Creation

A rapid prototyping "makerspace."
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Location: TSRB Basement

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Usability Lab

Testing Methods and Technology

An adaptable project testing space.
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Location: TSRB 216