danah boyd

danah boyd

Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research

Expert on youth culture in a networked era — from online bullying to sexting.

danah boyd is an internationally recognized author-ity on the ways people use networked social media as a context for social interaction — who inhabits the world of online social network sites, what they do there, and why. She has been called the “high priestess” of online social network sites by the Financial Times.

danah researches how social media like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube are integrated into people’s daily practices. Much of her work focuses on American youth practices, popular social network sites, and sociality. She also studies blogging, media making and social media more broadly.

Her new book is It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. In this eye-opening book, danah uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bully-ing. Her conclusions are essential reading not only for parents, teachers, and others who work with teens but also for anyone interested in the impact of emerging technolo-gies on society, culture, and commerce in years to come.

Previously, danah was one of the researchers in a major 3-year study of digital youth funded by the MacArthur Foundation, resulting in the publication of Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media.

She is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and an Adjunct Associ-ate Professor at the University of New South Wales.

She has worked as an ethnographer and social media researcher for various corporations, including Intel, Tribe.net, Google and Yahoo! She has advised and consulted for dozens of other companies.

danah is a Research Fellow with the Born This Way Foundation, a new foundation started by Lady Gaga and her mother to empower youth to be kind and brave. She is on the board of the Crisis Text Line, an initiative started by DoSome-thing to provide networked support to youth who are struggling. She is on the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. She is a part of the Digital Media & Learning network and is on the Social Networks Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum.

At the Berkman Center, danah co-directed the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, formed by the U.S. Attorneys General and MySpace and organized by the Berkman Center to identify potential technical solutions for keeping children safe online. She also co-directed the Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. danah maintains a blog on social media called Apophenia, a valuable resource for anyone interested in social media or youth culture.

She also regularly writes academic publications and mainstream essays, published in a range of venues, including the Guardian, New York Times, and Time. danah is one of Foreign Policy’s 2012 Top 100 Global Thinkers. She was named by Fast Company to their list of the Most Influential Women in Technology and named the smartest academic in tech by Fortune Magazine. She won CITASA’s Public Sociology Award. And in 2010, she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

danah has given more than 100 invited talks. She also regularly speaks at academic and industry conferences. Additionally, she is frequently cited as an expert in the press.

She spent five years creating and managing a large-scale online community for V-Day, a non-profit organization working to end violence against women and girls worldwide.


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