for advocacy

Integrated Course
Final Synthesis Studio

In the 2016/2017 edition of the Final Synthesis Studio we asked the students to use information visualization both as an analytical and a communicative tool, to observe, understand, shape and communicate complex phenomena. In the third and last part of the course, the students selected a specific point of view from the controversy they have been analysing throughout the course. They used visualizations as a tool for advocacy, representing through data a particular facet of the issue but trying at the same time to mantain coherence and accuracy. The final output was a collective exhibition made of interactive and physical artifacts, documented here in the form of websites.

Full list of the projects:

The biggest threat

What is the biggest threat? A scientific phenomenon that can appear distant and far away, or its negation and the negation of international cooperation? The exhibition showcases the results of the research on the topic of climate change, during the last weeks of the American 45th Presidential Elections. Donald Trump appeared as one of the most influential actors in the discussion, and his opinions on the topic of climate change were highly discussed by online news outlets in the United States.

Valeria Aufiero, Andrea Benedetti, Alessia Bissolotti, Simone Costagliola, Beatrice Gobbo

Echoes of migrants' myth

“Echoes of Migrants’ Myth” is a step by step discovery of our data driven social research regarding the different Italians myths about migrants in Facebook digital tribes. The installation begins describing how we individuated tribes, then shows the main cultural and linguistic aspects we analyzed. The narration ends up with an immersive experience which shows echo chamber index we quantified about some significative tribe.

Vincenzo Bisceglia, Valeria Brienza, Nicola Creioli, Matteo Tartaglia

The paper challenge

Being a researches is not easy, especially if you could change thousands of lives… but lack the funds or a big name to diffuse your work. What is the solution then? Explore the reports and try your managing skills with this mini game.

Nicolò Fabio Banfi, Erika Inzitari, Ludovico Pincini, Andrey Vinogradov

Are you sure you want to see this?

Terrorist groups produce video-news which can be considered as already-made news. Media can choose how to share them with the audience, following and defining their own “editorial policy”. But what is the role of the audience? Is the personal choice affecting the general availability and visibility of the contents?

Francesco Cosmai, Giacomo Flaim, Francesco Giudice, Barbara Nardella, Giulia Zerbini

We have marijuana playlists

This is a look at how music may have influenced public perception of marijuana. We retrieved 2283 marijuana related playlists on wikipedia, spotify and youtube, and we took the 349 song appearing the most. We classified the genre of each song and found out which was the most linked to marijuana. The research also explores how much each music genre talks about marijuana and how.

Sofia Chiarini, Giulia Corona, Alessandra Del Nero

The thinking under the dome

A series of environmental problems have caused a vigorous argument among Chinese civilians. China is caught in a dilemma between development first or environment first. We abstracted 200 quotations from the Chinese social media and tried to study the internal controversies of Chinese people. The objective of our research is to address this issue and try to find the root.

Gao He, Ling SiYang, Cheng YuXiao, Tian Long, Zhang Long

Welcome on Mars

The aim of this site is to explore a possible future scenario, based on data gained, that will take place in 2030 after Mars colonization. “Welcome on Mars” is a project that intend to complete informations and data given in the February 28 exhibition at Politecnico of Milan. In that occasion were explored the issue about "traveling on Mars" as seen in the web. That topic is connected inside the web page to the previous researches which matter with environmental migrations.

Sara Batisti, Alicia Gonzalez, Emanuele Innocenti, Mattia Virtuani


The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is currently the most popular of the violent extremist movements. How did the IS manage to spread his message on a global scale? ISIS’ communication strategies were analyzed and data were collected in an attempt to answer those and more questions. We designed a data experience made for the people: an informational space designed to engage with the issues of radicalization, an opportunity to understand the propaganda of the Islamic State and its resonance.

Serena Del Nero, Marco Mezzadra, Claudia Pazzaglia, Alessandro Riva, Alessandro Zotta