#Winning: the Science of Elections Online

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Created by Jen Davison

Pacific Science Center, Discovery Labs

#Winning: the Science of Elections Online

Recent research shows that Facebook and Twitter not only predicted 2010 election results, they drove them. How are our online worlds changing, and being changed by, today’s political campaign strategies and discussions? In our October event, ScienceOnlineSeattle will delve into these questions as we explore the way the Internet has changed elections, the impact of social media practices and preferences on political discourse, and the impacts of online political engagement on voter behavior and opinions.


Travis Kriplean (@hotvig), one of the developers of the award-wining Living Voters Guide. Kriplean earned his PhD in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington in 2012. He creates new technologies for fostering constructive democratic discussion on the web, including Reflect. Kriplean  is currently starting a company to develop these technologies further.  In the past, he has contributed to the development of UrbanSim, conducted research on how Wikipedians work together, and led the technical effort at Flash Volunteer.

Sean Munson, assistant professor at University of Washington in Human-Centered Design and Engineering, who developed Balancer, a browser plug-in that helps people balance their political news intake. His research combines several influence tactics and theories—including public commitments, social proof, and social comparisons—to design, build and evaluate systems that influence positive behavior changes in individuals.

Elizabeth Wiley (@ewiley), graduate student in the Master’s of Communication of Digital Media program at the University of Washington. Currently, she interns with the web team at KING 5, serves as an editor for Flip the Media, and contributes to UW Election Eye. Elizabeth has a background in sports communications, has spent all but nine months of her life in Washington State, and has a passion for social media and the online world. She feels a deep connection to the Pacific Northwest and cares about how politics that impact the region.


Curious? Join us! Can’t join us in real life? It will be livestreamed!

by Bryan Groulx

Afterparty — around the corner at Tini Bigs–before possibly heading to Hula Hula where the karaoke is livestreamed.

A map is below, see also a photo of the entrance on this page.

The Discovery Labs are easily accessible from the West side of Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Avenue, Seattle, 98108.


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