The Quantified Self; Newsfeed: Created by you?; Holding Crowds Accountable To The Public; EVE Online and World of Darkness
Microsoft Research PhD Interns Ifeoma Ajunwa, Stacy Blasiola, Nathan Matias, and Aleena Chia present their current research
Microsoft Research Interns, Ifeoma Ajunwa, Stacy Blasiola, Nathan Matias, and Aleena Chia present their current research at the Berkman Center:
The Quantified Self
Ifeoma Ajunwa is a 5th year PhD candidate in Sociology at Columbia University. Recurring themes in her research include inequality, data discrimination and emerging bioethics debates arising from the exploitation of Big Data. Her most recent law review article on genetic data has been accepted for publication by the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and her opinion piece on the same topic was published in the NY Times Room for Debate.
Newsfeed: Created by you? Examining the Discursive Work of Facebook
Stacy Blasiola is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow in Electronic Security and Privacy. Stacy's current research examines the mediating role of algorithms in the distribution of knowledge, the data collection that powers these algorithms, and the privacy considerations of online tracking.
Holding Crowds Accountable To The Public
Nathan Matias is a PhD Candidate at the MIT Center for Civic Media/MIT Media Lab, and a Berkman fellow. Nathan designs and researches civic technologies for cooperation and expression. Nathan researches technology for civic cooperation, activism, and expression through action research with communities, data analysis, software design, and field experiments. Most recently, Nathan has been conducting large-scale studies and interventions on the effects of gender bias, online harassment, gratitude, and peer thanks on social media and creative communities like Wikipedia
EVE Online and World of Darkness
Aleena Chia is a Ph.D. Candidate in Communication and Culture at Indiana University currently interning at Microsoft Research. Her ethnographic research investigates the affective politics and moral economics of participatory culture, in the context of digital and live-action game worlds. She is a recipient of the Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork grant and has published work in American Behavioral Scientist.