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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Adjunct Professor
how systematically excluded communities adapt technology, algorithmic fairness and transparency, 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

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.

Dec 15, 2018

What can machines know about the mind? This dissertation seeks to understand people’s beliefs about this question: how these beliefs affect and arise from interactions with digital sensors, from prior beliefs about the mind and the body; and how these beliefs may shape the design of technical systems in the future.

The purpose of this dissertation is twofold. First, it surfaces that the boundary between sensing bodies and sensing minds is unstable, deeply entangled with social context and beliefs about the body and mind. Second, it proposes the porousness of this boundary as a site for studying the role that biosensing devices will play in near future. As biosensors creep into smart watches, bands, and ingestibles, their ability to divine not just what these bodies do, but what they think and feel, presents an under-explored avenue for understanding and imagining how thesetechnologies will come to matter in the course of life.

Nov 8, 2018

We investigate cybersecurity toolkits, collections of public facing materials intended to help users achieve security online. We look at design dimensions of these toolkits, and investigate how the toolkits construct security as a value and how they construct people as (in)secure users.

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Social & Cultural Studies news

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Apparently, the people has spoken, and they want former President Donald Trump back on Twitter. However, Hany Farid believes that this would be the worst time for him to return to the social media platform. 

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Alex Hanna discusses how social media impacts our democracy; how Twitter has affected past U.S. elections; and how Musk’s most recent changes to the platform could affect the flow of disinformation moving forward.

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Richmond Wong, Ph.D. ’20, shares how period-tracking apps share users’ data.

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Two I School Ph.D. students, Liza Gak and Seyi Olojo, have been offered the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award. Ph.D. student Tonya Nguyen received an honorable mention.

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