Daniel S. Griffin

Daniel Griffin

PhD Student
Alumni (MIMS 2016)

Focus

In brief, what are the causes & consequences of search engine "algorithms" to those people using them, creating them, and governing them?

Biography

My research interests center on uncertainty and contingency in intersections between information and values & power, looking at freedom and control in information systems.

I am a co-director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Technology, Society & Policy. Prior to entering the doctoral program, I completed the Master of Information Management and Systems program, also at the School of Information. Before graduate school I served as an intelligence analyst in the US Army. As an undergraduate, I studied philosophy at Whitworth University.

Questions I'm currently grappling with:

  • In what some have called an "age of dis/misinformation", how, and with what effects, do people using search engines imagine and interact with the search engine algorithms?
  • How do the teams of people at search engines seek to understand and satisfy the goals and behavior of people using their services?
  • What sort of normative claims does, and arguably can, society make of the design of the search engine algorithms and services?
  • In brief, what are the causes & consequences of search engine "algorithms" to those people using them, creating them, and governing them?

Read my first paper!

Mulligan, Deirdre K. and Griffin, Daniel S., Rescripting Search to Respect the Right to Truth. 2 GEO. L. TECH. REV. 557 (2018).

Search engines no longer merely shape public understanding and access to the content of the World Wide Web: they shape public understanding of the world. . . .

Last updated:

September 25, 2018