Amelia Dogan

Amelia  Dogan
MIT EECS | CS+HASS Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Catherine D'Ignazio
Department: EECS
Areas of Research: CS+HASS
Years: 2021-2022
Research Project Title:

Data Against Feminicide

abstract:Gendered violence against women and its lethal outcome, feminicide, are a serious problem across the Americas. There are no laws in the US or Canada that enact robust data collection measures to monitor the scope and scale of the problem. To fill the data gap caused by the lack of policy and data collection, activists collect counterdata to track and record feminicides in their own communities and context. Activists engaged with tracking racialized feminicides in the US and Canada are particularly reliant on social media tracking. This project investigates how data activists who respond to gendered and radicalized deaths use social media to enable monitoring, political education, and solidarity networks.

I am participating in the SuperUROP to finish 11-6 and continue my work in the Data + Feminism Lab. I am particularly excited to learn more about ethicality in social media (continuing from the IAP 2021 class 6.S098), data activism, and human-computer interaction.