Megan Li (l) and Mia Hines

Inclusive research for social change
December 4, 2023

The MIT Student Research Program pairs underrepresented students with opportunities to examine inequity through the IDSS Initiative for Combatting Systemic Racism.

Marzyeh Ghassemi and Peter Szolovits

Marzyeh Ghassemi Finds the Right Guiding Star
MIT Spectrum | November 27, 2023

The ICSR Healthcare lead and EECS professor is glad to have crossed academic paths with computer science and AI faculty Peter Szolovits. The feeling is mutual.

Portraits of the nine visiting MLK professors and scholars

MIT welcomes nine MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars for 2023-24
MIT News Office | September 29, 2023

Tawanna Dillahunt from the University of Michigan will be jointly hosted by IDSS and Urban Studies and Planning, with research that focuses on equitable and inclusive computing.


MIT scholars awarded seed grants to probe the social implications of generative AI
MIT News Office | September 19, 2023

The 27 finalists include many IDSS faculty and research within the IDSS Initiative on Combatting Systemic Racism. 

illustration by Deena So'Oteh

AI can help shape society for the better – but humans and machines must work together
The Guardian | August 23, 2023

IDSS faculty member D. Fox Harrell says collaboration rather than command-and-control is key to creating culturally and ethically positive systems.

Illustration of a magnifying glass hovering over a Twitter user to reveal an angry face made of overlapping numbers

Bot detection software isn’t as accurate as it seems
MIT Sloan | June 13, 2023

A study by IDSS postdoc Zachary Schutzman and IDSS students Chris Hays, Erin Walk, and Philipp Zimmer finds that general-purpose bot-detection algorithms trained on a particular data set may be highly error-prone when applied in real-world contexts.

Two iPads displaying a girl wearing a hijab seated on a plane are on either side of an image of a plane in flight.

In new VR, role-playing gives insight into racism // Axios
Axios | May 15, 2023

Axios lists “On the Plane,” developed by the Antiracism, Games, and Immersive Media vertical, as VR role-playing project that tackle issues such as racism and discrimination by encouraging empathy.

clip art of medical records

Will artificial intelligence help — or hurt — medicine?
NPR | May 8, 2023

Assistant Professor Marzyeh Ghassemi examines how the increasing use of artificial intelligence could impact medical care.


Social Media vertical wins Best Paper Award at the ACM Web Conference 2023
IDSS News | May 7, 2023

SES student Chris Hays received the award for the group’s publication “Simplistic Collection and Labeling Practices Limit the Utility of Benchmark Datasets for Twitter Bot Detection”.

a group of young people playing video games

Design of video game characters has physical-world repercussions
MIT Open Learning | March 2, 2023

A recent study from MIT researchers, including IDSS core faculty D. Fox Harrell, demonstrates that the exaggerated design of characters in fighting video games reinforces cultural stereotypes about gender, race, and ethnicity.


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