Josh Introne Joins CCDS as Affiliate
Josh is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies, and new faculty as of fall 2019. Josh is passionate about trying to make the world a better place through collective intelligence. His work adopts a sociotechnical perspective, blending techniques and theories from complex adaptive systems, data science, and human computer interaction. His recent projects include designing an online support platform for people living with HIV / AIDS, and examining how stories evolve in online discussions about vaccines. Josh is eager to collaborate with students and other researchers who share these interests.
Prior to his appointment at the iSchool, Josh was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. Dr. Introne holds Masters and Ph.D degrees from the Brandeis University Computer Science Department. During his graduate studies, he also worked as a scientist at Charles River Analytics to develop decision support platforms for a variety of government agencies. Following his graduate studies Josh was a post-doctoral fellow and research scientist at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, where he served as Chief Architect for the MIT Climate CoLab, a platform designed to crowdsource solutions to climate change.
Josh studies collective intelligence and how new media can influence it. One of Josh's recent research projects looks at the Dynamics of Misinformation in online vaccination discussions:
Online misinformation can influence public health attitudes, potentially costing billions of dollars and numerous lives. Online narratives are a critical object of inquiry because narratives are fundamental to how people construct socially shared belief systems, and they can be the primary means by which misinformation is spread online. It is therefore imperative that we develop a better understanding of the interplay between attitudes, misinformation, and narratives in online social contexts.
This project has recently been funded by the National Science Foundation and will span a series of crowd-based experiments to investigate how people in online networks work together to combine misinformation to create and defend public health narratives. This work will extend current models of information contagion to account for the fact that individual pieces of information to which individuals are exposed depend on one another as well as the background knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes of receivers. The project will also consider how designed social signals, such as the number of 'likes' a post receives, and pre-existing attitudes interact.
To learn more about Josh Introne and the research he is doing here at Syracuse, visit the CCDS Faculty and Staff page!