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Alumnus Mahmood Jasim to Speak Feb. 28 on ‘Human-Centered Collection and Analysis of Public-Generated Data’

The Responsible Technology Coalition (RTC) invites students, faculty, and staff to a talk by CICS graduate and LSU assistant professor Mahmood Jasim on “Human-Centered Collection and Analysis of Public-Generated Data.” The hybrid event and will take place on Feb. 28 from 5:30–7 p.m. in Lederle Graduate Research Center, Room A112, or online. 

Mahmood Jasim
CICS alumnus Mahmood Jasim

Decision making at the personal, local and national levels is increasingly fueled by data collected from public engagement platforms such as social media, review sites and public solicitation forums. However, these platforms are often far from inclusive and people struggle to share their opinions due to the inaccessibility, rigidity and safety concerns of these platforms. 

In his talk, Jasim will demonstrate how human-centered approaches that involve community stakeholders in the design, development and evaluation of tools and techniques can lead to inclusive, effective and efficient approaches to public-generated data collection and analysis to support informed decision-making. 

The RTC is a student group that focuses on issues related to responsible technology across academia, industry and government. The RTC is committed to seeing that technology is ethical, accountable and dedicated to the advancement of dialogue, policy and practice at UMass and in society at large.

Pizza and other refreshments will be available for in-person attendees; RSVP here.