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Amy Johnson is a digital STS scholar and linguistic anthropologist who studies intersections of language and technology in English, Japanese, and Arabic to understand how contemporary communication networks are shaping ideas of governance and personhood.

Dr. Johnson's research organizes around two axes: online parody and other forms of digital play, and government use of social media and governance by platform. Often, weirdly, these intersect (ask her about government memeing debates her FOIA research has turned up).

She is experimenting with the use of speculative writing techniques in teaching, research, and advocacy around current and future technologies, and runs a related working group at BKC. She holds a PhD from MIT's Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.


Aug 14, 2017

Perspectives on Harmful Speech Online

This collection of short essays and opinion pieces on harmful speech online covers a broad spectrum of thought and ideas from the Berkman Klein community.


Nov 4, 2013

Meet members of the 2013-2014 Berkman Community: Shane Greenstein, Niva Elkin-Koren, and Amy Johnson

This week we are featuring our second installation of a series of interviews showcasing individuals in the 2013-2014 Berkman community. Conducted by our 2013 summer Berkterns, the…



'Sealioning' Is A Common Trolling Tactic On Social Media--What Is It?

"Sealioning" and good versus bad faith demands for evidence on social media.

Mar 7, 2019
Digital Asia Hub

Drones & Dreams

A Speculative Sprint Story Collection

This new publication from the Digital Asia Hub collects the outputs of a two-day speculative fiction–writing workshop held in December 2018

Jan 16, 2019