Follows of the Month - March 2021:

Danah Boyd
Danah Boyd

Areas of Expertise: The intersection of technology and society, youth social media use, contemporary social inequities relation to technology, privacy, digital backchannels, and social visualization design.

Bio: Danah Boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder of Data & Society. She is also a Visiting Professor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. She is an academic and a scholar and her research examines the intersection between technology and society.

Why You Should Follow:

For over a decade, Boyd's research focused on how young people use social media as part of their everyday practices. She wrote It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (2014) to document her findings.

Boyd also co-authored two books - Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (2009) and Participatory Culture in a Networked Era (2015) to highlight different aspects of that work.

More recently, Boyd has turned her focus on understanding how contemporary social inequities relate to technology and society more generally. She is collaborating with an amazing network of researchers working on topics like media manipulation, the future of work, fairness and accountability in machine learning, combating bias in data, and the cultural dynamics surrounding artificial intelligence. These questions are core to the mandate of Data & Society, a research institute that Boyd founded in 2013.

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