Mike Ananny

Assistant Professor

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

University of Southern California

3502 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281

(213) 821-5391


Blog: Mike Ananny's Web site

Website: USC faculty profile

Issues: Copyright and Trademark, Internet, Intellectual Property and Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing

About Mike Ananny

Mike Ananny is an Assistant Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism where he researches the public significance of systems for networked journalism. Specifically, he studies how institutional, social, technological, and normative forces both shape and reflect the design of the online press and a public right to hear. He is also an Affiliated Faculty with USC's Science, Technology and Society research cluster, and a past Faculty Associate with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

He was a founding member of the research staff at Media Lab Europe, a founding member of Expresto Software Corp, and a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research’s Social Media Collective. He has held fellowships and scholarships with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the LEGO Corporation, Interval Research, and has worked or consulted with LEGO, Mattel and Nortel Networks, helping to generate research concepts and prototypes for new product lines and services.

Ananny has led several public-private learning and design partnerships with the BBC, University of Tampere, Amsterdam Computer Clubhouse, Loyalist College Canada, The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre. He was principal investigator on European Union grant proposals and has licensed his custom software to Trinity College Dublin for classroom use. He has a background in new media and technology design, creating both technological toys for children’s language acquisition as well as large-scale, interactive projections in Dublin, Northern Ireland and Amsterdam for people to communicate publicly through SMS text messaging.

He has published in a variety of journals, edited volumes, and conferences, including Critical Studies in Media Communication, International Journal of Communication, American Behavioral Scientist, Television & New Media, the Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics, and the Association for Computing Machinery’s conferences on Computer-Human Interaction and Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. He is currently writing a book on the public right to hear in networked journalism.

On a personal note, Mike grew up on various Canadian air force bases, has a background and ongoing interest in toy design, and is always on the verge of getting a dog.


Professor Ananny provided TAP with insights into his current work. Read the interview:
Mike Ananny Talks Networked Journalism, Technology and Toy Design


Ph.D., Department of Communication, Stanford University, 2011
SM, Media Arts and Sciences, The Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
BSc., Computer Science and Human Biology, University of Toronto, 1999