keynote panelists

Zeynep Tufekçi
(@zeynep) is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Faculty associate at Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. Her new book Twitter and Tear Gas comes out this year from Yale University Press. She has been to every Theorizing the Web conference
andy carvin
(@acarvin) is senior strategist at NPR, where he is pioneering new forms of collaborative journalism. Before coming to NPR, he ran the Digital Divide Network, which focused on expanding Internet access and media literacy around the world.


sava saheli singh
(@savasavasava) is a phd student at nyu interested in online communities and the tools they use to communicate, collaborate, and commiserate. she is borderline obsessed with twitter where she spends most of her time. she is seriously considering writing her dissertation in Twitter - but might have to wait until the academy is ready to accept such a thing.
ismail nooraddini
(@call_me_ismail) is a research assistant at DHMH and a second year Sociology graduate student at UMBC. His masters capstone paper is on the convergence of feminist theory and empirical female victimization rates.
jessica vitak
(@jvitak) is a PhD Candidate in Media & Information Studies at Michigan State University. Her dissertation focuses on the impact of social and technical affordances of online communication technologies on users' relationship maintenance strategies. More about her research can be found on her website,
kim white
(@kwhite1184) is a University of Maryland graduate student in the MLS program focusing on E-Government and Information and Diverse Populations. A burgeoning advocate for libraries for development and interested in all areas of information literacy and access.
dave paul strohecker
(@dpsFTW) is getting his PhD in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park where he studies a variety of issues ranging from identity, consumption, and popular culture to race relations, intersectionality, and pedagogical theory. He is a regular contributor for Cyborgology, Sociological Images, and other blogs. His current research projects include: an ethnography of the contemporary tattoo subculture, a project on the revolutionary pedagogy of public sociology, and more theoretical work on “the zombie” as a vehicle for expressing social and cultural anxieties. He is a cat person.
sally applin
(@anthropunk) is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC). She holds a Masters degree from the graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (NYU/ITP) within New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in Conceptual Design from San Francisco State University. Sally has had a 20+ year career in the science museum design, computer software, telecommunications, and product design/definition industries working as a Senior UX Designer, Senior Consultant and Ethnographer. At Kent, Sally is is currently researching the impact of technology on culture, and the consequent inverse: specifically the reifications of Network Space in Personal Space and vice versa and developing the conceptual model of PolySocial Reality. Sally is also a member of IoT Council, a think tank for the Internet of Things.
aleena chia
is a doctoral student interested in the affective politics of virtual worlds. She is currently doing ethnographic research on the translation of tabletop roleplaying games onto massively multiplayer online games.
roberta paltrinieri
is associated Professor in Sociology and Sociology of Consumption, at the Faculty of Political Science University of Bologna. In the Erasmus students' mobility programme she is the responsible for the cultural change between the Bologna University and the University of Minho, Braga, Portogallo and the University of Tartu, Estonia Republic. She is a member of the Department of Sociology "Achile Ardigò" in Bologna.
kira jumet
is a Ph.D. student at Rutgers University.
aimée morrison
(@digiwonk) is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo (Canada). She has most recently published on rhetorical construction of the Internet, email in romantic comedy, and mommy blogging. Her current project, "Deciphering Digital Life Writing," blends new media and auto/biography theory, and is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
sam ladner
(@sladner) mixes private-sector consulting with academic research. Her current research focuses on smartphone usage and temporal transformation. She is a postdoctoral fellow at Ryerson University and principal in her own firm, Copernicus Consulting
jim thatcher
(@alogicalfallacy) is a Geography Ph.D. candidate at Clark University where he examines the epistemological implications of mobile navigation applications within a global capitalist system.
michael koliska
(@mkoliska) worked as radio reporter for the last 10 years in Germany, the US and China. He has a MA in Sociology and English from Magdeburg’s Otto-von-Guericke University in Germany, where he worked for Germany’s largest broadcast network. He then joined an NPR affiliate in Illinois as news anchor/ reporter while pursuing a MS in Journalism at the University of Illinois. Before coming to Maryland to pursue his Ph.D. Michael worked as an editor for China Radio International in Beijing, China. His current research focuses on the impact of news media on business decisions. This includes influences on the stock market and news as a tool for companies to manage investors' perceptions of the market.
Nathan Jurgenson
Co-Founder and Co-Chair
(@nathanjurgenson) is a social media theorist, Editor in Chief of Real Life magazine, co-founder of Cyborgology, and researcher at Snapchat.
David A. Banks
(@da_banks) David A. Banks is a visiting assistant professor of geography & planning at the University at Albany, SUNY. He regularly contributes to Real Life under his "Building to Code" column where he writes about how we live among cities and each other. He is an editor for Cyborgology and a co-host of the Ironweeds podcast.
Jeremy Antley
(@jsantley) has a PhD in Russian History, but spends most of his time writing about board games and their use of historical thinking in design. His work can be found at First Person Scholar, Real Life, and The New Inquiry.
Nicholas Boston
is Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism, Communication and Theatre at Lehman College of the City University of New York. His work most currently centers on approaches to the study of labor relations and work cultures in the media industries, with intersecting interests in subjectivity, performance and desire.
Tyler Crabb
studies states and wars. He is presently interested in information warfare, both historical and contemporary, and leftist regimes in Latin America. He could also beat you at most videogames.
Jenny Davis
(@Jup83) is a postdoctoral researcher at Texas A&M University. She studies digital technologies from a social psychological perspective. Jenny is a weekly contributor to Cyborgology and will begin as an assistant professor at James Madison University in Fall 2013.
Piergiorgio Degli Esposti
(@pgde) is assistant professor at the SDE Sociology and Business Law Department University of Bologna. Since fall 2013 he is Scholar in Residence at Duquesne University Pittsburgh. His last book is Being prosumer in the digital society. Production and Consumption between atoms and bits.
Jason Farman
(@farman) is an award-winning author (Mobile Interface Theory, Book of the Year by the Association of Internet Researchers) and has written about technology, history, and media studies over the last decade. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is Director of the Design Cultures & Creativity Program
Rob Horning
(@robhorning) is an editor of Real Life magazine.
James Neal
Kari Kraus
Alice Marwick
(@alicetiara) is an assistant professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University and the author of Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Branding in the Social Media Age.
Michael D. Fischer
David Parry
(@academicdave) is an assistant professor of Emerging Media at the University of Texas at Dallas where he studies the intersection of the digital network and publics.
Laura Portwood-Stacer
(@lportwoodstacer) is the author of Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism (Bloomsbury, 2013) and a number of works on "media refusal." She currently teaches at NYU and serves as co-editor of Feminist Media Studies' Commentary & Criticism section.
William Yagatich
(@Praxis_In_Space) is a doctoral student of the Sociology department at the University of Maryland. His current work focuses on the reorganization of power/knowledge relations with regard to the rise of social media.
alberto gaitán
(@nootrope) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work forages at the frothy edges of anthropogenic and organic evolution. His process pieces sonify and visualize aspects of physical and data spaces to expose the potential and limits of transcription and the impossibility of communion with the massively parallel processes at work in the ecosphere and noosphere.
krista caballero
is an interdisciplinary artist whose work unpacks cultural myths relating to the “American” West, technology, gendered land use, and ideas of the sublime. Her current project, Mapping Meaning, provides a forum for artists, scientists and scholars to explore questions of mental, social and environmental ecology. She received her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. Caballero is currently the Associate Director of the Digital Cultures and Creativity Program at the University of Maryland.[website] ["Mapping Meaning" project]
cliff evans
(@cliffevansnet) is a Brooklyn based artist working in photomontage animation and appropriation. Primarily using found images from online sources, Evans choreographs moving landscapes stitched together from disparate elements to create subjective interpretations of the mediated world.
andrew famiglietti
(@afamiglietti) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. He studies how both intellectual property and creative labor are shaping and being shaped by digital systems for storing and communicating information. He is especially interested in the culture, history, and political economy of Wikipedia, the phenomenon of Free and Open Source Software, and related experiments with commons-based information production.
deen freelon
is an Assistant Professor in the American University School of Communication in Washington, DC. His research focuses on the ways in which citizens use communication technologies—particularly the internet and related networks—to pursue their political goals. His work has been published in New Media & Society; Information, Communication & Society; and the Journal of Communication. An avid amateur web programmer, he has also developed a free web-based intercoder reliability calculator that is available here.
jordan frith
is a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University. He is currently finishing up his dissertation and has accepted an assistant professor position at the University of North Texas. His research focuses on mobile media and communication, particularly location-based media.
dan greene
(@Greene_DM) is a PhD student in American Studies and a University Flagship Fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park. He uses multiple methods to situate issues of technological access within broader political-economies and histories of information. Dan is also a dedicated teacher, teaching in a variety of settings on technology, media studies, and information societies.
rachel guo
is a second-year sociology PhD student, and her specialty areas are demography and theory. Doing the most empirical and the most theoretical work at the same time is really fun.
bridgette hendrix
(@bridgettediann) is a first year MLS student at Maryland and an avid food appreciator. Her interest areas include information use and access in tribal communities, girls and STEM education, and international librarianship.
martin irvine
is a professor at Georgetown University. He founded the Communication, Culture & Technology program (CCT) at Georgetown University in 1995, which is the first interdisciplinary post-Internet media and communication graduate program. He currently teaches graduate seminars on media and cultural theory, technology studies, and visual culture. In addition to his academic background, Dr. Irvine has twenty years of experience with the Internet and digital media, and set up the first Web site at Georgetown in 1993.
carolyn kane
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Hunter College in the City University of New York (CUNY) where she teaches New Media Aesthetics and is completing her book project, "Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color in Computer Art After 1960" (forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press).
hadi khoshnevis
is Iranian, born in 1980. Has got two MAs (Communications and Media Studies, University of Tehran; MA of Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management, IOE, University of London). BA of Journalism, School of Media Studies, Tehran. His academic interests: Globalization and identity issues and linguistics. Personal interest: Traveling, learning languages.
kim knight
(@purplekimchi) is an Assistant Professor of Emerging Media and Communication at UT Dallas. Her curent research interests are in viral media, identity in digital culture, and fashion and emerging media. More info about her research, teaching, and projects can be found at
emily lawrence
is an MLS student concentrating in Information & Diverse Populations at the University of Maryland iSchool. Prior to coming to the iSchool, Emily completed a BA in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. Emily's research interests include applied ethics (particularly IT ethics and bioethics), philosophy of technology, and feminist epistemology.
randy lynn
is a Ph.D. student, research assistant, and Presidential Scholar in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University. His research interests include youth, education, technology, and social networks, and his recent projects investigate media representations of youth and 'sexting,' sexism in online communities, and the relationship between social network sites and social capital. His dissertation will examine the use of digital media in secondary schools. He blogs (rather infrequently) at
murilo machado
(@MuriloMachado) is a brazilian journalist and master student in Social and Human Sciences; researcher on hacktivism and digital culture.
jarah moesch
(@jarahmoesch) is a doctoral student in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, and holds an MFA in Integrated Media Art from Hunter College. As a researcher Jarah focuses on (computer) code, software, platforms, and the production of space to re-think issues of power, gender, and queerness. Jarah’s artwork revolves around concepts of performance and gender-fluidities in everyday life through the intersections of power and ritual in public spaces.
matthew morrison
is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Virginia. He is currently researching how online dating and online cruising affect gay men's intimate practices.
anne oeldorf-hirsch
(@anneohirsch) recently earned her PhD in Mass Communications at Penn State University and interned at Microsoft Research's Technology for Emerging Markets group in Bangalore, India. Her research examines how features of social networking applications impact communication and engagement in information, such as shared news stories. She spends the rest of her time as a classical violinist, running and hiking, devoted to rescue dogs, and dreaming about her return to India.
katy pearce
(@katypearce) is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Communication, Culture, and Technology Program and studies the use of technology in the Former Soviet Union.
jeremy pesner
(@The_Pezman) has a background in Computer Science, video game theory, video game design, and code-based art. He seeks to understand the policy implications of those fields as he studies technology policy at Georgetown University's Communication, Culture & Technology program. He is a HASTAC Scholar and an active member of Students for Free Culture and the Internet Society. [Website]
azza a. raslan
(@araslangirl) is one of the team members managing @TahrirSupplies, an account created during the clashes of November 19th, 2011 in Egypt. The account served as a tool to coordinate the logistics of the supply and delivery of medical and food supplies to the twelve field hospitals establish in and around Tahrir at the time. Azza is also a PhD candidate in laws at the University College London.
pj rey
(@pjrey) is a sociology PhD candidate at the U. of Maryland. His research centers on sex work, carework, and digitally-mediated intimacy, and he is currently doing interviews for a dissertation on sex camming. He is also a co-founder of the Cyborgology blog.
paola ricaurte
(@paolaricaurte) is interested in technology as a tool for social change.
zach richer
is a grad student in Maryland's sociology department. He is interested in the heteronomity of social hierarchies, particularly in their practical expressions in urban space.
jessica roberts
(@jessyrob) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Journalism Studies at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
jillet sam
is a PhD student at the University of Maryland, College Park. She examines the embeddedness of the Internet in specific communities and how they use it to articulate cultural desires. Her dissertation research explores the meanings users attribute to the Internet while negotiating caste identities, particularly the multiple spatial imaginaries of caste that are invoked through the use of the Internet. .
katie shilton
(@katieshilton) is an assistant professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research explores ethics and policy for the design of information collections, systems and technologies.
matthias wasser
is a first-year sociology student at the University of Maryland. He was born in his hometown and participates in activities.
james witte
is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Social Science Research at George Mason University. Witte, who earned his PhD from Harvard University, has held faculty positions at Clemson University, Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Witte's ongoing methodological research focuses on ways to use Internet based tools to collect survey data and other measures of public opinion. His substantive interests focus on immigration, transnationalism and information technology, as well as similarities and differences between online and off-line societies with regard to inequality.