danah boyd

Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research
Research Assistant Professor, New York University
Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of New South Wales

Microsoft New England Research & Development Center

One Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142


Blog: Apophenia

Website: danah boyd's website

Issues: Internet, Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing and Privacy and Security

About danah boyd

danah boyd is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research; a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School; and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. She is also a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She was previously an Associate Fellow at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society, and at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.

Dr. boyd received her doctorate in 2008 from the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. boyd's dissertation project, Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics, analyzed how American youth use networked publics such as MySpace and Facebook for sociable purposes. She was interested in how mediated environments alter the structural conditions in which teens operate, forcing them to manage complex dynamics like interacting before invisible audiences, managing context collisions, and negotiating the convergence of public and private life. This work was funded by the MacArthur Foundation as part of a broader grant on digital youth and informal learning. The findings of the broader team are documented in a co-authored book: Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media.

Dr. boyd is currently examining how teenagers develop a sense of privacy in light of engagement in highly public online settings. She is also exploring the role of technology in teens' risky behaviors by looking at a range of practices that include sexting, bullying, self-harm, and teen relationship violence. This emphasis on youth online safety is reflected in her 2008 work at the Berkman Center, where she co-directed the Internet Safety Technical Task Force with John Palfrey and Dena Sacco to work with companies and non-profits to identify potential technical solutions for keeping children safe online. This Task Force was formed by the U.S. Attorneys General and MySpace and is being organized by the Berkman Center. More recently, danah co-directed the Youth Media and Policy Working Group with John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, a project funded by the MacArthur Foundation from 2009-2011.

In 2011, danah was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She is on the board of directors of the New Media Consortium and on the Electronic Privacy Information Center's board of advisors. In 2008-2009, she was a Commissioner on the Knight Commission on Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. In 2010, Dr. boyd won the CITASA Award for Public Sociology. She was identified as one of Technology Review's 2010 Young Innovators under 35. 

She has worked as an ethnographer and social media researcher for various corporations, including Intel, Tribe.net, Google, and Yahoo! She also created and managed a large online community for V-Day, a non-profit organization working to end violence against women and girls worldwide.

Dr. boyd has published dozens of articles in a wide range of scholarly venues, blogs at http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/ and tweets at @zephoria.

B.S., Brown University
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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