News Archive

08.29.18 In writing about online interactions following the death of John McCain, The Washington Post covered research I co-authored with Katie Gach and Jed Brubaker about grief policing on social media.

08.28.18 I updated and combined my previous blog posts about ACM copyright licenses: “ACM Copyright Licenses: Which should you choose, and how do you handle third-party material?

08.28.18 I wrote a blog post for CSforALL about Barbie’s journey through computing: “Tech Barbie’s Backstory: How she went from “math is hard” to robotics engineer

08.27.18 It’s a new semester, and I’m teaching a brand new research-based class on the topic of online fandom!

08.25.18  I will be speaking on two panels at CSCW 2018: one about research ethics (with other members of the SIGCHI ethics committee) and another titled “Online Fandom: Boldly Going Where Few CSCW Researchers Have Gone Before,” with my PhD student Brianna Dym moderating.

08.10.18 “‘The Perfect One’: Understanding Communication Practices and Challenges with Animated GIFs,” a paper led by my PhD student Aaron Jiang, along with his co-advisor Jed Brubaker, will be published in and presented at CSCW 2018. Aaron has a second first-authored paper at CSCW as well!

08.17.18 Super excited about a new project that is funded by the National Science Foundation! I’ll be working with three other faculty members in our department to develop computational tools to help scale inductive, qualitative methods.

07.30.18 I did a bit of a press tour in talking about the evolution of Barbie in STEM careers! You can see me on several different news broadcasts, and also listen to me on Colorado Public Radio!

07.25.18  I’m quoted in a Wired article about the ethics of Dropbox providing data to researchers.

07.22.18  The Daily Camera interviewed me, and has a really nice write-up of my history and consulting work with STEM Barbies.

07.20.18  I’m super excited that I’ll be a faculty associate with Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society for 2018/2019!

07.10.18 I think a lot about things like imposter syndrome and how to help myself and others (especially junior researchers!) feel better about themselves and their work – so I wrote some Mister Rogers fanfiction that doubles as advice for PhD students.

07.05.18 The spreadsheet of tech ethics curricula I made back in November has exploded, so I blogged some context and background about it – it’s continuing to grow!

06.29.18 We had a PI meeting for PERVADE preceding the Sociotech Future Symposium at University of Michigan where I gave a short talk on ecosystems of governance and reconnected with an amazing scholarly community.

06.26.18 Last year I did some consulting work with Mattel on a computational thinking book, which was released along with Robotics Engineer Barbie. The book is called Code Camp with Barbie and Friends, and I wrote the forward to it.

06.25.18 At ICWSM this year in Stanford, I organized a research ethics workshop and presented a (non-archival) poster about TOS for data scraping. My PhD student Aaron Jiang presented our paper about governance on Reddit.

06.05.18 I gave the opening keynote for the Open Repositories conference at Montana State University. My talk was about AO3, titled “Growing Their Own: Building an Archive and a Community for Fanfiction” [slides].

04.20.18 I am attending CHI 2018 in Montreal! On Saturday, I am attending a workshop on “Understanding Bad Actors” with my position paper “The Empowered Dot: Towards Community Governance.” On Monday, I am presenting my paper with Blake Hallinan “‘We Are the Product’: Public Reactions to Data Sharing and Privacy Controversies in the Media.” On Tuesday, I am on two panels, “Research Ethics in HCI: A Roundtable Discussion” and “Managing Deviant Behavior in Online Communities.” On Wednesday, Mike Skirpan presents our paper “What’s At Stake: Characterizing Risk Perceptions of Emerging Technologies.”

04.06.18 I am attending the IP Redux Conference at UNH School of Law, talking about my fan fiction law review article, ten years later.

03.29.18 Slate interviewed me about our current fandom migration research: Why Did Fans Flee Livejournal, and Where Will They Go After Tumblr?

03.22.18 Our paper “Reddit Rules! Characterizing an Ecosystem of Governance” (co-authored with PhD student Aaron Jiang, undergraduates Josh McCann and Kyle Frye, and Jed Brubaker) has been accepted to the International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM) 2018.

03.18.18 In response to the Cambridge Analytica data ethics scandal, Jacob Metcalf and I wrote a piece for Slate: “One Way Facebook Can Stop the Next Cambridge Analytica.” I was also quoted in articles for The Guardian and Refinery29, and was interviewed by CBC in Canada and ABC in Australia.

03.10.18 My paper co-authored with Nick Proferes (University of Kentucky), “Participant” Perceptions of Twitter Research Ethics, has been published in the journal Social Media + Society. The research also got a nice write-up in CU Today, and Boulder Daily Camera, and I was interviewed by Public News Service.

02.26.18 I participated in the Scholar Fan Salon at University of Southern California, that brought together a fantastic group of fan studies scholars to discuss the fandom and transformative civics.

02.22.18 Our SIGCSE paper led by recent PhD graduate Mike Skirpan won a Third Best Paper award!

02.21.18 I co-organized a workshop on data science ethics education that preceded the FAT* conference in NYC. It was a great event!

12.11.17 I have two papers appearing at CHI 2018: “‘We Are the Product’: Reactions to Online Data Sharing Controversies in the Media” by myself and CU Comm PhD student Blake Hallinan, and “What’s at Stake: Characterizing Risk Perceptions of Emerging Technologies” by recent PhD graduate Mike Skirpan, CS faculty Tom Yeh, and myself. Looking forward to Montreal!

12.06.17 My CSCW 2018 paper (led by PhD student Katie Gach, with myself and Jed Brubaker) has been published: “Control your emotions, Potter:” An Analysis of Grief Policing on Facebook in Response to Celebrity Death. It also received a nice write-up in CU Boulder Today.

11.17.17 I got a shout-out from Boing Boing regarding a curated list of technology ethics courses.

11.15.17  Myself and the rest of my awesome team of PIs wrote an opinion piece about academia’s role in combatting ethics and algorithmic fairness.

11.10.17  I am giving the opening keynote at the Library and Information Technology Association Forum in Denver! The talk is titled “Human and Algorithmic (Mis)Judgment: The Cases of Copyright and Credibility” [slides].

11.07.17  I was quoted in a Washington Post article about the impact of algorithms on spreading fake news.

11.02.17  I participated in the Future of Privacy Forum workshop on responsible research and privacy practices at Facebook HQ in New York.

10.24.17  I am giving a talk at the CU library as part of Open Access Week, “The Power of Open: Fueling Creativity and Innovation.”

10.23.17  CS PhD student Mike Skirpan and I authored a design fiction that will be presented at the ACM GROUP conference in January 2018. I will also be part of a research ethics town hall as part of the GROUP programming.

10.01.17  A paper I co-authored with Mike Skirpan, Nate Beard, Srinjita Bhaduri, and Tom Yeh about teaching ethics in a CS class will appear at SIGSCE 2018.

09.28.17 My work as part of the PERVADE grant was covered in local media outlets, including The Denver Post and The Daily Camera.

09.02.17  Thrilled to be part of an amazing team and a $3 million NSF grant to study pervasive data ethics for computational research!

08.15.17  I wrote a piece analyzing a recent court case on data scraping, as it relates to social computing research and terms of service.

07.12.17  I gave a talk at the DUB seminar at University of Washington: “Internet Rules: Law, Norms, and Ethics for Online Content Creation”

07.05.17  The CU Department of Information Science is featured in an issue of Interactions!

06.07.17  I blogged! “Does POTUS have to listen to you anymore than I do? Twitter blocks, free speech, and the right to be heard.”

05.07.17 I was a panelist on a number of panels at CHI 2017: policy impacts on our community, online content moderation, and SIGCHI research ethics.

04.02.17 I wrote a piece for Slate on data privacy,, and how bad ethics are good business: Companies don’t really want you to read their Terms of Service.

03.15.17 TEDxCU talk: How the Internet and Copyright Fuel Creativity (now available online!)

03.08.17 I’m the keynote speaker at the InfoSocial conference at Northwestern! My talk is titled “Internet Rules! What Makes the Internet Great and How Regulation Helps Keep it That Way.”

03.06.17 I’m doing a talk for the Computer Science department at University of Illinois-Chicago: “Regulation Beyond Code: How Rules Mediate Our Interactions with Technology and with Each Other”

03.09.17 I am a discussant for a session on civil rights and artificial intelligence for the Silicon Flatirons conference on The Social Impact of Artificial Intelligence.

02.25.17 I am doing many things at CSCW 2017! I am a co-organizer of a workshop on privacy and ethics, participating in a workshop about online comments, presenting two papers, and participating in a panel as part of the SIGCHI ethics committee.

02.24.17  I have written up some preliminary results of a survey conducted through the OTW legal committee, about copyright and fanworks.

02.11.17  I am organizing a panel and a SIG for CHI 2017 related to the current policy climate and its impact on our research community.

02.01.17 I wrote an article for Slate about my early experiences with online communities: What I Learned about the Internet from The Babysitters Club.

01.28.16 I’ll be doing a talk at TEDxCU in April!

01.17.16 Spring semester beginning at CU! I am teaching a PhD level course on information science theory and concepts.

10.17.16 I’m on a panel about Gamergate with other CMCI faculty as part of a Media Studies series, talking about online harassment.

09.10.16  I’ll be speaking on two panels this week hosted by CMCI: The American Divide: Clinton vs. Trump on Sept. 14 and Art + Ownership on Sept. 16 at Impact Hub Boulder.

09.07.16  Thrilled that I’ll be presenting two papers at CSCW2017: “What (or Who) Is Public? Privacy Settings and Social Media Content Sharing” and “Growing Their Own: Legitimate Peripheral Participation for Computational Learning in an Online Fandom Community” coming soon!

08.22.16  In Fall 2016 I am teaching a course on information ethics and policy open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

08.17.16  I was interviewed on Denver radio station KGNU about gender politics in the Olympics and the role of social media.

07.15.16   I will be organizing another social computing research ethics workshop, this time at ACM GROUP. Submissions due August 12!

06.15.16   I wrote for Slate about Game Developer Barbie and the importance of representation in computing, and was also interviewed by Mashable and appeared on Tech News Today!

05.27.16  Organized a successful workshop at ICWSM on social media research ethics – thanks to a great group of participants!

05.10.16  I presented my work on Archive of Our Own as a case study of feminist HCI at CHI 2016 [paper] [slides].

03.03.16  I am speaking at the Silicon Flatirons Content Conference on Innovation and Incentives in the Creative Arts at the University of Colorado Law School.

03.02.16  I presented my work on copyright Terms of Service for user-generated content sites at CSCW 2016 [paper] [slides].

02.09.16   Thrilled that my paper “An Archive of Their Own: A Case Study of Feminist HCI and Values in Design” (blogged here!) received a Best Paper Honorable Mention for CHI 2016!

01.27.16    I was interviewed by the neat podcast “Fansplaining” about death and online fandom communities.

01.15.16    I’ll be organizing a workshop about social media research ethics for ICWSM 2016. The deadline for submissions is February 27!

12.14.15     My paper on social norms in design, feminist HCI, and fan fiction was accepted to CHI 2016 – see you in San Jose!

11.13.15     I wrote a piece for Slate about governance (TOS and social norms) on Yik Yak: How Missouri Could Demonstrate What’s Wonderful About Yik Yak

10.19.15    Two talks this week: “The Power of Open: How Copyright Can Inspire Creativity” for Open Access Week at the CU library, and “Imagined Policies: Intellectual Property and Social Norms in Fan Communities” at the Association of Internet Researchers conference.

07.17.15     I began my faculty position at CU! To keep up with the development of our brand new Information Science department, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

07.17.15     Paper accepted to CSCW 2016 – see you in San Francisco!

06.15.15     I successfully defended my dissertation! A special thanks to my advisor Amy Bruckman, as well as committee members Annie Antón, Eric Gilbert, Cliff Lampe, and Rebecca Tushnet. (You can read it here!)

06.02.15    Thrilled to announce that I will be one of the founding faculty members of the new Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder! I will be starting as an Assistant Professor at CU in August.

03.13.15    Organized the research ethics workshop and presented my paper [slides] at CSCW 2015 in Vancouver.

01.14.15    “Understanding Copyright Law in Online Creative Communities” has been chosen as a Best Paper for CSCW 2015! And a paper co-authored with my labmate Joe Gonzales, “Towards an Appropriable CSCW Tool Ecology: Lessons from the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen,” received an Honorable Mention.

11.21.14    I did interviews for Huffington Post Live and All Things Considered, and wrote for Slate about my Barbie remix.

11.19.14    I created Barbie, Remixed to address representation of women in computer science. A lot of people liked it.

11.10.14    Attended GROUP 2014 and presented a poster with preliminary findings about social Q&A for copyright questions.

11.05.14    My team won first place for community impact in the Convergence Innovation Competition.

10.29.14   My CSCW 2015 paper is available to read.

10.08.14   Our workshop on ethics for studying sociotechnical systems and big data will be part of CSCW 2015.

8.27.14     Paper accepted for CSCW 2015 – see you in Vancouver!

7.21.14      Named a 2014 Foley Scholar award finalist.

7.07.14     Attended the CSST Summer Institute at the University of Missouri.

4.28.14     My TOS research from CHI 2014 was featured in The New York Times.

4.26.14     Attended CHI 2014 in Toronto.

2.16.14     Attended CSCW 2014 in Baltimore, participating in the Doctoral Colloquium (on my birthday!) and presenting my paper on fair use in remix communities.


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