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How technology can help prevent cyberbullying with Yasin Silva and Deborah Hall

Release date: February 27, 2023

Protecting kids from the cyberbullying can be, to say the least, frustrating. Parental controls and gatekeeper apps can be easily bypassed, other restrictions might be incompatible with assigned schoolwork, and all oversight seems, at least, a step behind how young people are engaging in the digital world. But there is hope! My guests for this episode, Yasin Silva, Director of the Data Science Graduate Program at Loyola University Chicago, and Deborah Hall, Associate Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University, share what we know about cyberbullying and discuss the technology they are developing to promote a positive relationship-based approach to cyberbullying prevention and cessation. More information about Yasin, Deborah, and the BullyBlocker project is below.

Biography of Yasin Silva

Yasin (Yas) Silva is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department and the Data Science Graduate Program Director at Loyola University Chicago. He received his doctorate (2010) and master's degree (2006) in computer science from Purdue University and his bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (2001). Before joining Loyola in 2022, Dr. Silva worked as assistant and associate professor at Arizona State University since 2010. Dr. Silva’s research focuses on innovative ways to analyze and process data. His specific areas of interest include social media analysis, online misbehavior detection, social computing, cyberbullying detection in social networks, big data, similarity-aware data analysis, and fairness and transparency in AI. Dr. Silva started the BullyBlocker project in 2013. This NSF-funded project integrates computer science and psychology frameworks to advance the understanding of how cyberbullying can be identified and prevented.

Biography of Deborah Hall

Deborah Hall is an Associate Professor in the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University. She joined the faculty on the ASU West Campus after earning a B.A. in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Duke University. Hall’s research explores the ways in which aspects of our social and group identities shape our interactions with others, particularly on social media. A recent focus of her work has been on understanding, detecting, and preventing negative online interactions, such as cyberbullying, through interdisciplinary collaborations at the intersection of psychology and computer science. She is also interested in developing tools that promote greater online well-being.Hall’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Google Research, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.



Yasin Silva

Deborah Hall




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