(thesis advisor)Ethan Silverman
(thesis advisor)Jessie Contour
May 10 2016
The propagation of content sharing on social media has drastically changed the way that we experience the news. Instead of going directly to complete and curated primary sources we are fed through secondary sharing and predictive content algorithms. While this is convenient for casual online browsing, the news that is delivered in this system tends to be highly trend-driven, extremely biased, and narrow in topical scope. To address this issue of unbalanced news consumption and general lack of erudite knowledge, I am creating a browser extension called Round. Round is a tool to help users cultivate a well-rounded point of view. A Chrome extension that tracks online news consumption habits and provides easy to read quantitative feedback as an impetus for self-change.
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