Consentful Messaging: Giving People Agency over Online Interactions using Network Data – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Consentful Messaging: Giving People Agency over Online Interactions using Network Data

Annie Chen


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Research Mentor(s): Eric Gilbert, John Derby Evans Associate Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: School of Information,
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 1 (10am-10:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 18
Presenter: 3

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Our project works on developing a Chrome extension that allows Twitter users to have more control over their inbox messages and analyzes other accounts to generate potential warnings. This extension tackles the growing issue of online harassment and unsolicited messages on social media by letting Twitter users apply network-based rules on the messages and notifications. We use coding languages such as HTML, Javascript, CSS, Python, and web framework Django to create the frontend of our extension/website as well as the backend where the server runs. Team members can choose to work on the frontend, backend, or both. We will evaluate the extension by conducting a field deployment study on Twitter. We will recruit active Twitter users and ask them to use the extension for at least two weeks. Once the participants are finished using the system, they will be invited to complete a post-study survey and participate in interviews. There aren’t exactly any results or conclusions at this stage of developing the extension. We are currently still working on different parts of the project and individually working on appropriate functions/code. We plan to provide a fully functional and helpful extension that is able to reduce the issue of online harassment (on the user’s side).

Authors: Annie Chen, Jane Im
Research Method: Computer Programming

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