These are some of the general research spaces that I am interested in working in moving forward:
If you are a current or prospective CU student who might be interested in working with me, please feel free to email and tell me about your interest in the above subject areas!
Content sharing & research/journalism ethics. How “public” is public content, from the point of view of those who have shared it? What can we learn from social media users about privacy and content norms that can inform best practices around research and journalism?
Community-Created Rules in Online Communities. A large-scale analysis of subreddit rules, beginning with qualitative and quantitative characterization and moving into analysis of rule creation and enforcement.
Impact of DRM/copyright on technology use. A large-scale content analysis of DMCA anti-circumvention exemption proposals, asking: How is copyright law preventing people from using technology the ways they want to?
Ownership of shared social media. Who “owns” a group photo on Facebook? How do users’ perceptions of their rights compare with those conferred by technical architecture or by law/policy? (Collaboration with InfoSci colleague Jed Brubaker)
Fandom, crowdsourcing, and accessibility. Exploring possibilities of accessible comic books for the visually impaired, using crowdsourced descriptions from comic book fans. (Collaboration with Shaun Kane in the Computer Science department) [Poster at ASSETS 2016]
Learning in fan communities. Analysis of interview data with (predominantly women) fan fiction writers about learning technical skills while participating in fandom. [Upcoming paper at CSCW 2017]
Fandom and social norms in design. Interview study of designers and users of a large, open-source fan fiction archive that was built to specifications of an existing community with existing social norms and values. Focus on principles of feminist HCI. [Paper]
Harassment policies for social media. An analysis of Terms of Service and other online policies that social media platforms use for governing harassing behavior. (Advising students at Georgia Tech) [Upcoming paper at GROUP 2016]
Content & privacy on Facebook. Qualitative+quantitative analysis of Facebook content, discerning whether there are substantive differences in content based on privacy settings. Large corpus of Facebook status updates gathered from Mechanical Turk. (Conducted as a collaboration with other social computing PhD students and faculty at Georgia Tech.) [Upcoming paper at CSCW 2017]
Copyright & online creative communities. My dissertation (“The Role of Copyright in Online Creative Communities: Law, Norms, and Policy”), incorporating research funded by the National Science Foundation, can be downloaded here. This work was featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, Engadget, and The Escapist. [Paper 1, Paper 2, Paper 3]