Social work and social media are among the many interests of TASCHA RA, Claire Phillips

July 29, 2021

Claire Phillips grew up with her nose in a book at all times. Her favorite place in the world was her hometown library in San Luis Obispo, CA, where she began volunteering her time shelving books on the weekends at age ten. Claire followed her passion for reading and writing at California Polytechnic State University,…

From research assistants to capstone groups, TASCHA worked with exceptional students this academic year

July 1, 2021

The 2020-21 academic year has come to a close and TASCHA recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of the outstanding students who contributed to our research. This year we had the pleasure of working with six RAs and over two dozen students in Directed Research Groups and Information School Capstone projects. Katya Yefimova, a Ph.D. candidate…

Meet Itza Carbajal, TASCHA’s first PhD Fellow

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June 22, 2021

Itza Carbajal, first year PhD student at the University of Washington Information School, is driven by a passion for stories, memories, and histories.  Itza was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit, and Itza and her family were displaced from their home. At only 14 years old, Itza became familiar…

Libraries pilot ‘The Euphorigen Investigation’ escape room

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April 8, 2021

An investigative journalist suspiciously vanished last night, and the last thing they did was hand their laptop over to their trusted librarian. After opening the laptop and seeing the contents, the librarian grew alarmed and called you all in to help. The librarian knew the journalist was doing research on the company that makes Euphorigen,…

Escaping misinformation: How a digital escape room is combatting misinformation

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March 1, 2021

From small rumors to large conspiracy theories, social media and Internet communities have been overwhelmed with misinformation or false narratives that intentionally try to deceive the reader. Researchers from the University of Washington’s TASCHA, Center for an Informed Public, and GAMER Group, along with the co-founder of Puzzle Break, have teamed up to solve this…

Perceptions of power: Championing female leadership in the tech and mobile industries

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February 9, 2021

In recent years, research has shown an increase in women’s leadership across different sectors (McKinsey, 2019).  Despite this progress, women continue to confront more barriers and enjoy fewer opportunities for advancement than men, particularly in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector (Women Who Tech, 2020). Gender segregation persists across the ICT industry as a…

2020: TASCHA year in review

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January 28, 2021

As TASCHA’s 20th year comes to a close, the events of this past year are a reminder of why TASCHA was founded in the first place and why our work is more relevant than ever. Following are some TASCHA highlights from 2020.    Digital inclusion As the COVID-19pandemic hit the U.S., Stacey Wedlake, using data…

Creating the Digital Bridge: Methods

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January 21, 2021

Since the last update on the Digital Bridge project, we’ve completed our data collection for the project, and we’ve begun analysis. Throughout the course of the project, several people have expressed interest in our use of audio diaries as part of our methods. This post provides the nitty gritty on the methods and our initial…

First months of Creating the Digital Bridge

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October 30, 2020

The pandemic has forced even more of our lives to move online. In Seattle, much like the rest of the country, lower income households are significantly less likely to have a computer or internet at home and have lower than average levels of computer-based digital skills. Physical distancing requirements and the unpredictability of the virus…

Research Report: Technology Access & Education for Refugee Women in Seattle & King County

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September 30, 2020

Washington state consistently ranks among the top 10 U.S. states for refugee resettlement. The state welcomed more than 14,000 refugees in the past five years, and 1,930 refugees in 2019. Most of these refugees come from Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Somalia, and Ukraine. While the number of refugees resettled each year fluctuates…