Hello i3 Supporters!
We are halfway through this year’s crowdfunding campaign and we have reached 32% of our goal! Many thanks to all of you for supporting our campaign and the mission of i3!
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As you know, i3 Scholars work in teams throughout the year researching real world problems at the intersection of people, information, and technology. This week, we’re featuring two teams from the 2019 Cohort and the projects they’re currently working on. Read the descriptions written by both teams below:
Team QTPI (Bea Fadrigon - University of Pittsburgh, Chantelle Roulston - Stony Brook University, Courtney Smith - Penn State University; Advised by PhD Candidate Juan F. Maestre, Indiana University Bloomington): Our team is studying ‘How Queer People of Color Use ICTs to Cope with Stigma.’ ICTs are information and communication technologies, such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, internet, etc. From our initial literature review, we have found that being a queer person of color is an intersectional identity that causes more stress for them than those who only hold one of those identities. These individuals often turn to online communities to connect with others who are like them. Our team is researching what kinds, if any, of coping mechanisms these users leverage based on the stigma they experience. Do they use technology-based coping mechanisms? Are these coping mechanisms are effective/efficient in mitigating the amount of stress they experience? We are currently conducting interviews to understand the lived experiences of the individuals in these communities. In our second phase, we’ll be using these results to inform a subsequent expanding on the themes that emerge from our interviews.
Phantom 5 (Jamie Ramos - University of Washington, Isabel Lopez - Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Joseph Gonzalez - College of Westchester, Bongani Musikavanhu - New York University Shanghai; Advised by Dr. Brooke Auxier, Pew Research Center): Our team aims to understand why millennial women abandon the social media platform Snapchat. Despite a quick rise in popularity, Snapchat’s user base, particularly among millennial women, continues to wane. Because Snapchat’s unique affordances, such as the temporary nature of content, may offer benefits compared to other social media platforms, uncovering the underlying causes of abandonment is important for social media developers and users themselves. We are currently conducting a survey to better understand why millennial women abandon the Snapchat application.
Both Teams QTPI and Phantom 5 will be presenting their preliminary work at iConference 2020 in Sweden this upcoming March. Stay tuned to see how their projects evolve!
With four weeks left in our campaign, please join us in supporting these teams and empowering the next generation’s leading voices by donating now, or sharing the link: engage.pitt.edu/i3program
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