Department of Informatics
FRIDAY INFORMATICS SEMINAR - Andres Monroy Hernandez, Microsoft Research
Date 22 November 2013
Time 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location 6011 Donald Bren Hall
Contact Adriana Avina [Email this contact]

Andres Monroy–Hernandez

Microsoft Research 



Narcotweets: The Rise of Citizen News Reporting in Urban Warfare



In this talk, I will describe the information sharing practices of people living amid urban narco-violence in the Mexican Drug War. I will be showing how citizens use social media to alert one another and to comment on the violence that plagues their communities. I will then explain the emergence of civic media “curators,” individuals who act as “war correspondents” by aggregating and disseminating information to large numbers of people on social media. Inspired by this research, I will conclude by presenting NewsPad, a system for real-time collaborative news reporting.



Andrés Monroy-Hernández is a researcher at Microsoft Research where he studies how social computing systems can support creative and civic engagement. His research has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, Wired, and has received awards from Ars Electronica, and the MacArthur Foundation DML Competition. Andrés was named one of the 35 Innovators under 35 by the MIT Technology Review in Spanish, and one the of the “most influential Latinos” by CNET. He holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab, and a BS from the Tec de Monterrey in Mexico.