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Casey Fiesler is an Assistant Professor of Information Science at University of Colorado Boulder. A social computing researcher and legal scholar, she researches different forms of governance within online communities, including law, platform policies, social norms, and ethics. Her current work focuses in part on understanding how governance at different levels interact, and how they can work together to cultivate pro-social communities that are inclusive and safe.

She is currently part of the NSF-funded PERVADE (pervasive data ethics for computational research) project, focused on empirical studies of research ethics for social computing and big data. She is also passionate about improving ethics education and norms for technical fields such as computing and data science.

As a copyright and fair use advocate, Casey has interned with Creative Commons, and is on the legal committee of the Organization for Transformative Works. She holds a PhD in human-centered computing from Georgia Tech and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School.


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Slate

Should Researchers Be Allowed to Use YouTube Videos and Tweets?

A new paper used YouTubers’ voices to guess what they looked like. Was it ethical? Casey Fiesler weighs in.

Jun 3, 2019
How We Get to Next

Scientists Like Me Are Studying Your Tweets—Are You OK With That?

"Public" data ethics: Best practices for social media researchers

Anything “public” on social media may be fair game, but researchers should be more ethical about using that data

Mar 19, 2019
How We Get to Next

What Our Tech Ethics Crisis Says About the State of Computer Science Education

If you work in tech and you’re not thinking about ethics, you’re bad at your job

The problem with “I’m just an engineer” isn’t the engineer’s inability to identify all relevant ethical implications — it’s that they don’t think it’s their job to do so.

Dec 5, 2018
Slate

Fandom’s Fate Is Not Tied to Tumblr’s

If Tumblr doesn’t learn from history, it will be headed for the same fate as LiveJournal.

After Tumblr’s recent announcement that it will no longer allow “adult content” many have been asking where fan creators, LGBTQ people, and support communities will go.

Dec 5, 2018
Medium

The Black Mirror Writer's Room

Teaching Technology Ethics through Speculation

Teaching technologists to think critically about responsibility and ethics is one way to keep our lives from into turning into a Black Mirror episode

Oct 15, 2018