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 and a commissioner on the City of Berkeley’s Disaster and Fire Safety Commission. 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?