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Rishab Nithyanand et al. receive DOD Minerva Program Award

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For their proposal titled "Algorithmic Personalization and Online Radicalization", Prof. Rishab Nithyanand (Computer Science, UIowa) along with colleagues Prof. Brian Ekdale (SJMC, UIowa), Prof. Tim Havens (Communication Studies, UIowa), Prof. Andrew High (Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State), and Prof. Raven Maragh-Lloyd (Communication Studies, Gonzaga University) were awarded a grant by the DOD Minerva Program. The proposed research aims to identify technological, psychological, and cultural factors that lead to the radicalization of vulnerable populations on social media through the algorithmic personalization of content.

The project has been awarded $1.02 million dollars for three years.

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Minerva Research Initiative logoThe Minerva Research Initiative supports social science research aimed at improving our basic understanding of security and is jointly administered by the Basic Research Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and the Strategy and Force Development Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Minerva projects are supported by the Basic Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Office of Naval Research.

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