danah boyd

Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research

Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a Visting Researcher at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. She received her Ph.D in Information from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 (under Peter Lyman and Mimi Ito). "Dr. danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a Visting Researcher at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. She received her Ph.D in Information from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 (under Peter Lyman and Mimi Ito).

Dr. boyd's research focuses on the intersection of technology, society, and policy. Most of her work examines how American youth incorporate social media into their daily practices in light of different fears and anxieties that the public has about young people's engagement with technologies like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and texting. She is interested in how mediated environments alter the structural conditions in which teens operate, forcing them to manage complex dynamics, interact before invisible audiences, navigate context collisions, and negotiate the convergence of public and private life. She is currently examining how teenagers develop a sense of privacy in light of engagement in highly public online settings. She is also exploring the role of technology in teens' risky behaviors by looking at a range of practices that include sexting, bullying, self-harm, and teen relationship violence. Her work in this area forms the foundation of her upcoming book, ""It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens"" (currently under contract with Yale University Press).

From 2004-2008, Dr. boyd participated in the Digital Youth Project, a large-scale ethnographic project funded by the MacArthur Foundation as part of its broader Digital Media & Learning initiative. As a part of this team, she co-authored ""Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media."" At the Berkman Center, Dr. boyd co-directed the Internet Safety Technical Task Force in 2008 with John Palfrey and Dena Sacco to work with companies and non-profits to identify potential technical solutions for keeping children safe online. This Task Force was formed by the U.S. Attorneys General and MySpace and is being organized by the Berkman Center. More recently, Dr. boyd co-directed the Youth Media and Policy Working Group with John Palfrey and Urs Gasser; this project was funded by the MacArthur Foundation from 2009-2011. In 2012, she and John Palfrey also helped the Born This Way Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation develop a research strategy to help empower youth to address meanness and cruelty.

In 2011, Dr. boyd was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum; she is on the Social Media Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum. She is on the Electronic Privacy Information Center's board of advisors. In 2010, Dr. boyd won the CITASA Award for Public Sociology. The Financial Times dubbed Dr. boyd ""The High Priestess of Internet Friendship"" while Fortune Magazine identified her as the smartest academic in tech. She was identified as one of Technology Review's 2010 Young Innovators under 35 (TR35). Her work has been profiled by numerous publications, including the New York Times, Fast Company, the Boston Globe, and Forbes Magazine.

Previously, she was an associate fellow at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society and on the board of directors of the New Media Consortium. In 2008-2009, she was a Commissioner on the Knight Commission on Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.

Dr. boyd received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brown University (under Andy van Dam) and a master's degree in sociable media from MIT Media Lab (under Judith Donath). She has worked as an ethnographer and social media researcher for various corporations, including Intel, Tribe.net, Google, and Yahoo! She also created and managed a large online community for V-Day, a non-profit organization working to end violence against women and girls worldwide. She has advised numerous other companies, sits on corporate, education, conference, and non-profit advisory boards, and regularly speaks at a wide variety of conferences and events.

Dr. boyd has published dozens of articles in a wide range of scholarly venues, blogs at http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/ and tweets at @zephoria"

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Three Conversations for Parents: Navigating Networked Publics

Researcher danah boyd says parents face many of the same issues in today’s digital world as they did in a less-connected past.