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Unprecedented data collection project, ‘a huge missing piece of the study of the internet,’ now underway

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10/02/19 - BOSTON, MA. - Artificial Intelligence stock on Oct. 2, 2019.

An interdisciplinary group of researchers at Northeastern have embarked on an ambitious, multi-million-dollar project to study the way people behave online—and in turn, how the internet behaves back.

Thanks to a $15.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the team has begun to recruit volunteers for the online data collection project, which will involve monitoring the online experiences of tens of thousands of volunteer users through a web browser extension researchers are building, then documenting and analyzing the results. When all is said and done, the data collected will be available to scientists around the world and across disciplines for research purposes, as per the foundation’s mandate for the project. 

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