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Monthly Archives: December 2016

NULab Core Faculty Members Create Tool to Detect Online Price Discrimination

Written on December 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm, by

Here’s something to think about while rushing to complete your holiday shopping: the prices you see on e-commerce sites like Amazon.com may not be the same prices other people see. Fortunately, a new tool created by NULab Core Faculty Members David Lazer, Christo Wilson, and their team of researchers makes it easy to identify occurrences  Continue Reading »

(Re)Making/(Re)Marking: Rhetoric, Genre, and Markup in the Writing Classroom

Written on December 7, 2016 at 6:08 pm, by

Image from teaching journal, July 7, 2016 This project, founded by English PhD student Kevin Smith, studies the writing and experiences of students as they compose XML markup in a series of writing classes taught at Northeastern. In addition to writing their assignments in XML (using Oxygen), these courses engage students in a semester-long, collaborative  Continue Reading »

New Study Finds Racial and Gender Bias in Online Freelance Marketplaces

Written on December 6, 2016 at 1:50 pm, by

NULab Core Faculty Member Christo Wilson and his colleagues demonstrate the presence of bias in two prominent online freelance marketplaces in a recently published study. The team collected thousands of worker profiles from Fiverr and TaskRabbitt and found racial and gender disparities. Women on both sites received fewer reviews than men, and African Americans consistently  Continue Reading »