News 2021

Social & Information Systems

MPI-SWS research on COVID19 apps covered by the Linux Public Health Foundation

September 2021
MPI-SWS faculty member Elissa Redmiles, along with collaborators Samuel Dooley and Professor John Dickerson from the University of Maryland as well as Professor Dana Turjeman from Reichman University, helped the Louisiana Department of Health advertise their COVID19 contact tracing app. As part of this work, the researchers conducted a randomized, controlled field experiment to provide guidance to other jurisdictions on how to most effectively and ethically advertise these public health tools.The Linux Public Health Foundation has featured their findings as guidance for other jurisdictions looking to advertise their contact tracing apps. …
MPI-SWS faculty member Elissa Redmiles, along with collaborators Samuel Dooley and Professor John Dickerson from the University of Maryland as well as Professor Dana Turjeman from Reichman University, helped the Louisiana Department of Health advertise their COVID19 contact tracing app. As part of this work, the researchers conducted a randomized, controlled field experiment to provide guidance to other jurisdictions on how to most effectively and ethically advertise these public health tools.The Linux Public Health Foundation has featured their findings as guidance for other jurisdictions looking to advertise their contact tracing apps.

This work is part of a larger project Redmiles leads on ethical adoption of COVID 19 apps: https://covidadoptionproject.mpi-sws.org/.
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MPI-SWS research featured in Rolling Stone, El Pais, and NetzPolitik

August 2021
MPI-SWS faculty member Elissa Redmiles was quoted in Rolling StoneEl Pais -- Spain's largest newspaper -- and in NetzPolitik regarding ongoing research in collaboration with MPI-SWS group member Vaughn Hamilton and MPI-SWS Intern Hanna Barakat (also at Brown University) on the shift toward digital sex work as a result of COVID19, as well as her work with collaborators Catherine Barwulor (Clemson University), Allison McDonald (University of Michigan), and Eszter Hargittai (University of Zurich) on digital discrimination against European sex workers, …
MPI-SWS faculty member Elissa Redmiles was quoted in Rolling StoneEl Pais -- Spain's largest newspaper -- and in NetzPolitik regarding ongoing research in collaboration with MPI-SWS group member Vaughn Hamilton and MPI-SWS Intern Hanna Barakat (also at Brown University) on the shift toward digital sex work as a result of COVID19, as well as her work with collaborators Catherine Barwulor (Clemson University), Allison McDonald (University of Michigan), and Eszter Hargittai (University of Zurich) on digital discrimination against European sex workers, originally published in ACM CHI.
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Otto Hahn Medal awarded to two MPI-SWS students

Ralf Jung and Bilal Zafar have each been awarded a 2021 Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievement. The Max Planck Society awards the Otto Hahn Medal annually to young scientists in recognition of outstanding scientific achievement. Ralf was awarded the medal for his work on the first formal foundations for the cutting-edge systems programming language Rust, while Bilal was awarded the medal for his work on developing responsible and trustworthy AI systems that can help reduce discrimination and polarisation in society. …
Ralf Jung and Bilal Zafar have each been awarded a 2021 Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievement. The Max Planck Society awards the Otto Hahn Medal annually to young scientists in recognition of outstanding scientific achievement. Ralf was awarded the medal for his work on the first formal foundations for the cutting-edge systems programming language Rust, while Bilal was awarded the medal for his work on developing responsible and trustworthy AI systems that can help reduce discrimination and polarisation in society. Ralf obtained his PhD in August 2020, and was advised by Derek Dreyer. Ralf is now a postdoc at MPI-SWS and research affiliate at MIT. Bilal obtained his PhD in February 2019, and was advised by Krishna Gummadi and Manuel Gomez Rodriguez. Bilal is now an Applied Scientist at Amazon Web Services.
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