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Our Story

We are a diverse and dedicated collective, committed to drastically reducing the number of people who fall victim to scammers.

Scammers do not discriminate. Everyone has a target on their back every day, despite their education and wisdom. The information out there is not effective. Scammers are good at exploiting people. We are stronger together.


We are a collective of researchers, security experts, game designers, and community-based organizations who have come together to combine their expertise and passion to develop the Deception Awareness and Resilience Training (DART) platform. The DART platform is a uniquely designed curriculum using gamification to make learning accessible and engaging to empower older adults and other targeted communities to recognize, navigate and protect themselves and others from online scammers.

Meet the Team

Cynthia Stewart
Cynthia Stewart

University at Buffalo Center for Information Integrity and Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

Executive Director/Founder

Siwei Lyu
Siwei Lyu

University at Buffalo Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering

Founder, Lead Principal Investigator

Anita
Anita Nikolich

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, School of Information Sciences

Founder, Co-Principal Investigator

Darren
Darren Linvill

Clemson University Watt Family Innovation Center Media Forensics Hub

Co-Principal Investigator

Dominic
Dominic DiFranzo

Lehigh University Computer Science and Engineering

Co-Principal Investigator

Natalie
Natalie Bazarova

Cornell University Professor, Department of Communications

Co-Principal Investigator

Christy Phillips
Christine Baiers Phillips

Clemson University & Clemson Institute for Engaged Aging Research, Department of Psychology

Assistant Professor

Dan Cermak
Dan Cermak

University of Illinois, Illinois Informatics

Game Studies Coordinator

David
David Castillo

University at Buffalo Dept. of Romance Languages & Literatures

Professor

Dawn Sarno
Dawn Sarno

Clemson University, Psychology Department

Assistant Professor

Rohini
Rohini Srihari

University at Buffalo Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering

Professor

Learn more about how you can

Partner With DART to Educate, Empower, and Protect the People You Care About.

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