Mar 8, 2019

Alumna danah boyd on Challenges and Mentors

From Brown Daily Herald

Alums named to ‘Top 50 Women in Tech’

By Janet Chang

Forbes Magazine’s latest list of “Top 50 Women in Tech” featured three University alums ­­— all of whom challenged structural barriers and drove technological innovation to new heights...

danah boyd ’00’s interest in technology began when she discovered the internet after her brother occupied the landline to play video games. “I was annoyed that I couldn’t make phone calls with friends, so I marched into his room one afternoon and he started showing me Usenet,” a popular network in the 1980’s and 1990’s, she wrote in an email to The Herald. “I realized the internet was made of people..."

A long way from fighting her brother for phone time, boyd is a leading technologist, social entrepreneur and educator whose work explores the relationship between technology and society. As Principal Researcher at Microsoft, visiting professor at New York University, the founder and president of Data & Society and a research affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, boyd also serves on the board of the Crisis Text Line, a free 24/7 suicide crisis text line available across the United States...


danah boyd is the founder and president of the Data & Society Research Institute, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft, and a Visiting Professor at New York University (NYU).

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March 13, 2019