Social & Cultural Studies

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Morgan G. Ames
Assistant Professor of Practice
Alumni (MIMS 2006)
Science and technology studies; computer-supported cooperative work and social computing; education; anthropology; youth technocultures; ideology and inequity; critical data science
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Professor
how marginalized communities adapt technology, algorithmic fairness and opacity, human control over algorithms, ethnography
Coye Cheshire
Professor
Trust, social exchange, social psychology, and information exchange
Paul Duguid
Adjunct Professor
The concept of information; the history of information; the history of "technocracy"; critical information studies.
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Assistant Professor of Practice
Politics, Security, Emerging Technologies, Arms Control, Global Governance, Cybersecurity

Recent Publications

Information: A Historical Companion. Edited by Ann Blair, Paul Duguid, Anja-Silvia Goeing, and Anthony Grafton
Jan 26, 2021

A landmark history that traces the creation, management, and sharing of information through six centuries.

Apr 1, 2020

This paper introduces "infrastructural speculations," an orientation towards speculation that aims to interrogate and ask questions about the broader lifeworld within which speculative artifacts sit, placing the lifeworld (rather than an individual artifact) at the center of a designer's concern. 

The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop per Child, by Morgan G. Ames
Nov 12, 2019

In The Charisma Machine, Morgan Ames chronicles the life and legacy of the One Laptop per Child project and explains why — despite its failures — the same utopian visions that inspired OLPC still motivate other projects trying to use technology to “disrupt” education and development.

Mar 15, 2019

Professionals tasked with preserving online security hope to use new machine-learning based techniques to develop a “fairer” system to determine patterns of “good” and “bad” usage, moving beyond regional blocking. However, we argue that these systems may continue to embed unequal treatments, and troublingly may further disguise such discrimination behind more complex and less transparent automated assessment.

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Social & Cultural Studies news

Hany Farid

Prof. Farid: “Coronavirus misinformation is going to get a lot of people killed.”

Josh Blumenstock

Professor Josh Blumenstock is leading a team that has received a grant to investigate and address eviction spikes and displacement risks related to COVID-19.

The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop Per Child

Ames uses the One Laptop Per Child Program to explore the “complicated consequences of technological utopianism.”

Shazeda Ahmed

A real life Black Mirror? Ph.D. student Shazeda Ahmed explains the Chinese Social Credit System.

Ben Arnoldy

MIDS student Ben Arnoldy has been awarded the Fall 2019 Jack Larson Data Science for Good Fellowship for his work involving the use of data science to educate the public on climate change and pollution.

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