Meet danah boyd

DANAH BOYD
Thursday, February 28, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Independent Matters:
Youth Culture and Social Media

Danah Boyd is an internationally recognized authority 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. The Financial Times called her the “high priestess” of online social network sites.

Boyd researches how social media like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube are integrated into daily practices. Much of her work focuses on American youth practices, popular social network sites, and sociality. She was one of the researchers in a major three-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.

Boyd serves as senior researcher at Microsoft Research, research assistant professor in media, culture, and communication at New York University, and fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Fast Company named Boyd one of the Most Influential Women in Technology. Fortune Magazine dubbed her the smartest academic in tech. She won the 2010 Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociology Association Sociological Association’s Public Sociology Award. In 2011, the World Economic Forum selected Boyd as a Young Global Leader. [From Conference Site]

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