keynote panelists

Amy O’Leary
(@amyoleary) is the Editorial Director for Upworthy. Previously, she worked for The New York Times in a range of roles as a reporter, multimedia producer, digital editor for news and helped manage print-digital newsroom integration before serving on the 2014 "Innovation Report" committee, advocating for bringing a more sophisticated use of data into the newsroom. Prior to the Times, Ms. O'Leary worked in public radio at "This American Life."
Gabriella Coleman
(@BiellaColeman) holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University and is the author of two books on computer hackers.
Kate Crawford
(@katecrawford) is a Distinguished Research Professor at NYU, the co-founder of the AI Now Institute, and a Principal Researcher at MSR. For the last decade she has studied the political and social implications of large scale data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
Sasha Geffen
(@sashageffen) is an associate editor at Consequence of Sound whose writing also appears in Pitchfork, The Chicago Reader, and The New Inquiry, among others. Geffen's work centers on the collision between music and gender, and how technology shapes the evolution of both.
Robin James
(@doctaj) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte. She studies gender, race, pop music, and technology. Her book Resilience & Melancholy: pop music, feminism, neoliberalism was just published by Zer0 Books.
Gilad Lotan
(@gilgul) is the Chief Data Scientist at betaworks, a technology studio that builds new products, grows companies and seed invests. Betaworks launched bitly, chartbeat and SocialFlow, and currently incubates numerous services, such as Digg, Instapaper, and Poncho.
Gavin Mueller
(@gavinsaywhat) is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Studies at George Mason University. He is a contributing editor at Jacobin Magazine and on the editorial board of Viewpoint Magazine. He lives in Washington DC.
Alondra Nelson
(@alondra) is Dean of Social Science and professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She writes about the intersections of science, technology, medicine, and inequality. Her next book, The Social Life of DNA: Race and Reconciliation after the Genome, is forthcoming from Beacon Press in 2015.
Frank Pasquale
(@FrankPasquale) is the author of The Black Box Society, and is now working on a project entitled "Humane Automation: The Future Logic of Professionalism."
Ayesha Siddiqi
(@pushinghoops) is a culture critic and the editor in chief of The New Inquiry. She writes on intersections of race, gender, class, and pop culture using American icons to discuss the production and maintenance of social values.
Reggie Ugwu
(@uugwuu) is the Deputy Music Editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was the Independent Music Reporter at Billboard magazine. He started his first music blog in 2007 as a student at the University of Texas, from which he holds a degree in journalism. Raised in Houston, he now lives in Brooklyn.
Jason Wilson
(@jason_a_w) is a journalist, essayist and recovering academic. He writes columns and features for The Guardian, and is a visiting fellow at Swinburne University of Technology.
Naomi Zeichner
(@nomizeichner) is the editor-in-chief of The FADER magazine.
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
merritt kopas
(@m_kopas) is the author of over two dozen digital games about bodies, intimacy, and desire. In 2014, she was named one of Polygon’s 50 Admirable People in Gaming. Her first book, Videogames for Humans, is an anthology of interactive fiction created using the free development tool Twine.


Dorian Adams
is a graduate student in Drexel University's Science, Technology and Society department. Their area of research focus includes the interaction of marginalized people with both medical and digital technologies.
Josh Aleksanyan
(@queerasfoucault) is a Brooklyn native; an intern at foursquare, he is currently scaling how users understand and interact with mobile search and share. Previously, he worked with the Difference and Media Project and Experimental Humanities at Bard College. He has written on the intersections of risk and organizational management; pharmaceutical control; and the affective circulations of the market.
Annamarie O’Brien
(@havingfung) is an American Studies PhD candidate at Penn State University interested in the intersections of popular culture, visual culture, technology, and identity. She has published work on depictions of motherhood in comics, the performance of Japanese femininity online, Black fitness imagery online, and has presented her work at various conferences including San Diego International Comic-Con. She currently resides in Philadelphia, and teaches courses at Temple and Philadelphia University.
Alison Annunziata
is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Southern California. Her research covers the ways in which literary history and the manipulation of literary forms codify uncivil behavior.
Solon Barocas
(@s010n) is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. His work explores issues of fairness in machine learning, methods for bringing accountability to automated decisions, the privacy implications of inference, and the role that privacy plays in mitigating economic inequality.
Hannah Barton
(@hhannahhbarton) is a writer and researcher based in London, UK, where she is working towards her PhD at Birkbeck, University of London (working title: A Dialogical Analysis of Internet Memes). She also currently holds a post at Tate Britain, overseeing a project that digitises and provides online access to Tate’s Archive
Burcu Baykurt
(@BuBaykurt) is a PhD student in Communications at Columbia University. Her research focuses on intersections of technology, politics, and social life.
Gal Beckerman
(@galbeckerman) is a PhD candidate in communications at Columbia University. He is also the author of "When They Come for Us, We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), which was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker and the Washington Post.
Bill Benzon
(@bbenzon) Ph.D., is an independent scholar interested in cultural evolution. In 2001 he published Beethoven’s Anvil: Music in Mind and Culture. As a musician he has shared the stage with Dizzy Gillespie and B. B. King and participated in arts-in-education programs funded by the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Clara Berridge
PhD, MSW, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at Brown University's School of Public Health. Her research is focused on the use of technology-based services intended to enable least restrictive housing and reduce vulnerabilities among older adults and people with disabilities.
Emily Bick
(@saving_throw) is an MSc student in Human-Centred Systems at City University London and journalist writing on technology, music and culture.
Megan Bigelow
(@meganbigelow) is a queer visual artist pursuing her MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is interested in aesthetics, collectives, and new media. Her published work and artwork has appeared in the Fembot Collective’s journal Ada and Interface: a journal for and about social movements. She lives in New York City.
Reuben Binns
(@RDBinns) is a PhD researcher at the University of Southampton in the Web Science CDT (2011-2015). His current research interests include ethical and legal aspects of personal data, big data, and profiling. He is based in between the Business School and Computer Science, but his academic journey began with philosophy, having done an MSc and BA at the University of Cambridge.
Kate Brideau
(@KateBrideau) is a media scholar with a PhD from NYU, and an interest in information design, typography, notational systems, and the brain.
Lauren Marie Britton
Ingrid Burrington
(@lifewinning) is an artist, writer, and the author of Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure. She lives on an island off the coast of America.
Ada Cable
(@drcab1e) is a cyborg witch who designs things with no major achievements to their name. Interested in physical and virtual networks, magic, queerness and power.
Debbie Chachra
(@debcha) is an Associate Professor of Materials Science at Olin College of Engineering. Her research, teaching and consulting work focuses on biomaterials, the engineering student experience, and gender and diversity in science and technology.
Angela Chen
(@chengela) is a Wall Street Journal corporate reporter with a special interest in technology, and an editor at The Morning News. She's also worked at Guernica Magazine and The New Inquiry.
Michael Connor
(@michael_connor) is Rhizome's Artistic Director. He has curated exhibitions and projects for Yarat, Baku, Cornerhouse, Manchester, the Museum of Moving Image, New York, ACMI, Melbourne, Bell Lightbox, Toronto, FACT, Liverpool, MocaTV, and BFI, London. His writing has appeared in 'You Are Here: Art After the Internet' (Cornerhouse), Digital Video Abstraction (UCPress), ArtAsiaPacific, and
Molly Crabapple
(@mollycrabapple) Molly Crabapple is an artist, VICE contributing editor, and author of the forthcoming memoir DRAWING BLOOD.
Brian Creech
(@brcreech) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at Temple University. His research explores media and the production of public knowledge by looking at the ways in which digital technologies, political ontologies, and journalistic practice render sensible events that enter into the public sphere.
Sky Croeser
(@scroeser) is an academic and activist from Curtin University, Australia, currently based in Toronto. She's interested in the intersections of activism and technology, and particularly in the ways that activists are not just using, but shaping, the technologies of everyday life.
Alyce Currier
(@notalyce) is content strategist at Wistia, helping make video more accessible to everyone. She's interested in the sociology of media and taste, feminism, overthinking and tweaking the Internet, inclusive revelry, and DJing house and techno.
Chris Dancy
(@chrisdancy) is a mindful cyborg, contemplative platform designer, artist, philosopher.
Tara Das
is the government information librarian at Columbia University, and has a joint PhD in anthropology and political science.
Oliver David
(1989) is a filmmaker and writer living in Brooklyn. He is currently an MFA candidate at the School of Visual Arts.
Patrick Davison
(@patrickdavison) is a Doctoral Candidate in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. His work focuses on both the recent and distant history of the internet, with a focus on the transition from paper genres to digital ones.
Zara Dinnen
(@zara_dinnen) is Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Literature at University of Birmingham. Her research is on new media and contemporary American culture and she has articles out on the representation of programming in films, computer objects in comics, remix writing, and digital metaphors.
Nick Douglas
(@toomuchnick) is a comedian and internet culture writer. The former editor of the blogs Valleywag, Urlesque, and Slacktory, he now makes the web series Jaywalk Cop and runs social media for BBC America's faux-reality show Almost Royal. He lives in New York with Rachel Fershleiser and their computers.
Sophia Drakopoulou
(@sopdra) is a Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture and Communication at Middlesex University. Her research explores networked technologies, the city and everyday life. Sophia consults on social entrepreneurship and social media strategy and is a co-founder of Cybersalon.
Brooke Erin Duffy
(@brookeerinduffy) Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. Her research interests include digital culture, creative labor, and feminist media studies. She is currently writing a book on gender and social media production for Yale University Press.
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
Shawna Finnegan
(@shawnafinnegan) is among the queerborg working with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).
Sands Fish
(@sandsfish) is a researcher and fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media. He is a computational artist and data scientist focused on discourse and power structures in new media.
Ellen Foster
Maxwell Foxman
(@maxwellfoxman) is a PhD candidate in Communications at Columbia University where he studies the adoption and diffusion of digital technology, along with games and play in varied social contexts.
Maxwell Foxman
(@maxwellfoxman) is a PhD candidate in Communications at Columbia University where he studies the adoption and diffusion of digital technology, along with games and play in varied social contexts.
Sarah Galo
(@SarahEvonne) is a writer. She recently interned with the Audience team at the Guardian US. Sarah lives in NJ.
Sarah Galo
(@SarahEvonne) is a writer. She recently interned with the Audience team at the Guardian US. Sarah lives in NJ.
Kyra Gaunt
(@kyraocity) is an ethnomusicologist specializing in musical blackness and black girlhood studies. Dr. Gaunt follows her previous research on girls' musical games with an examination of adolescent twerking culture and rap music videos in the SNS of YouTube. She teaches anthropology, sociology and digital ethnography at Baruch College-CUNY.
Dylan Gauthier
(@dgoats) is a public artist, curator and organizer working with counter-technologies, collective strategies, and postdigital re-constructions of nature.
Kristen Gillespie-Lynch
is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the College of Staten Island. She is Director of the Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders Program and directs a mentorship program for college students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Kate Godwin
is a student at ITP.
Kevin Gotkin
(@KGotkin) is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in disability studies, histories of science, technology, and medicine, and critical media studies.
Erhardt Graeff
(@erhardt) is a sociologist and designer. His work explores creative uses of media and technology for civic engagement and learning. He is a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Melissa Gira Grant
(@melissagira) (she/her) is a senior staff reporter covering criminal justice at The Appeal and the author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso). She has been a contributing writer at the Village Voice and Pacific Standard, and her work has also appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, the New York Review of Books, and the Nation, among others. Her essays are collected in Best Sex Writing, The Feminist Utopia Project, and Where Freedom Starts: Sex Power Violence #MeToo. She lives in New York.
Meredith Graves
Sean Gray
(@SeanJGray) runs the DIY record labels Fan Death Records and Accidental Guest, is the creator of the website "Is This Venue Accessible?" and has written for Pitchfork, Washington Citypaper, and NPR's
Karen Gregory
(@claudiakincaid), PhD is the Title V Lecturer in Sociology at the Center for Worker Education/Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the City College of New York.
Benjamin Grosser
(@bengrosser) is an artist who explores the cultural, social, and political implications of software. His artworks have been featured in The Atlantic, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel, and exhibited at Eyebeam in NYC, The White Building in London, and Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Grosser’s recognitions include First Prize in VIDA 16, and a Net Art Grant from Rhizome.
Harry Halpin
(@harryhalpin) is a postdoctoral researcher at CSAIL MIT. He works for Tim Berners-Lee at the W3C, where he leads the Web Cryptography and Social Web Working Group. He finished his Ph.D in Informatics at University of Edinburgh under Andy Clark with his thesis on Social Semantics. He co-chairs the Philosophy of the Web workshops, collected in "Philosophical Engineering" (Wiley, 2014).
Harry Halpin
(@harryhalpin) is a postdoctoral researcher at CSAIL MIT. He works for Tim Berners-Lee at the W3C, where he leads the Web Cryptography and Social Web Working Group. He finished his Ph.D in Informatics at University of Edinburgh under Andy Clark with his thesis on Social Semantics. He co-chairs the Philosophy of the Web workshops, collected in "Philosophical Engineering" (Wiley, 2014).
Deanna Havas
(@deanna_havas) is an American artist based in New York.
Amanda Hess
(@amandahess) Amanda Hess is a critic-at-large for the New York Times. She writes about internet and pop culture for the Arts section and contributes regularly to the New York Times Magazine.
Julia Michiko Hori
is a PhD student at Princeton University. Her work is primarily concerned with the afterlives of Atlantic slavery as they echo through the invisible labor and violence of the prison industrial complex, migrant work camps, and free zones, in conjunction with Caribbean resort compounds and cruise ships.
Dorothy Howard
Linda Huber
(@_Puellaludens) is a graduate student at Georgetown's Communications, Culture and Technology program (CCT). She studies digital anthropology, human-computer interfaces/ UE, and ~the future~.
Andrea Hunter
(@andreahunter7) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. For over a decade she was a journalist and producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She has also worked as a journalist in private radio and television.
Rachel Hyman
(@COMETHRUGIRL) is a software developer, poet, and writer in Chicago interested in geography, place, space, and the intersection of technology and art.
Donald Taylor II
(@donaldtaylorii) is interested in economic history and the nineteenth century and works for a disability rights organization in Washington, D.C.
Anna Jobin
(@annajobin) is a PhD candidate researching interaction with algorithmic systems in Lausanne, Switzerland, with a multidisciplinary background in sociology, economics, and information management. She is currently visiting the STS program at Tufts.
Natalie Kane
(@nd_kane) is a curator, writer and researcher whose work explores the intersection of culture, design, futures and technology. She is Programmes and Communications Officer at FutureEverything, an innovation and digital culture lab in Manchester, and researcher in critical futures with futures research lab Changeist.
Nicholas Knouf
(@zeitkunst) is an Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. His research explores the interstitial spaces between media studies, information science, critical theory, digital art, and science and technology studies.
Ava Kofman
(@eyywa) is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor of The New Inquiry.
Mary Grace Lao
(@grace_lao) is a PhD student in the Communication and Culture program at York University. She holds an M.Ed. in The Social and Cultural Context of Education from Brock University and a B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her research explores audience reaction and participation in social media.
Karen Levy
(@karen_ec_levy) is an assistant professor of Information Science at Cornell University and associated faculty at Cornell Law School. She researches how law and technology interact to regulate social life, with particular focus on social and organizational aspects of surveillance.
Marley-Vincent Lindsey
(@MarleyVincentL) is a doctoral student in history at Brown University, focused on religious conversion after Columbus’ arrival in America. Marley dislikes periodization, and insists historians should know how digital space invites new questions in the social sciences and forms of knowledge production in the public. His first article evaluated communal religiosity in Twitch Plays Pokémon.
Pamela Liou
(@pamelaliou) is a designer, writer, and technologist. She is currently a Master's Candidate at ITP. A former Production Engineer at Shapeways, Pamela has worked alongside a team of technicians to find solutions for mass customization at scale. Previously, she founded Langoliers Jewelry. She has written for Refinery29, Design Sponge, the Shapeways Blog.
Steven Losco
(@godislobster) is an anthropologist of science, technology, and medicine studying at Drexel University for his Master’s of Science in STS. There he studies HIV/AIDS stigma on gay and bisexual hookup apps and the various facets of Tumblr. Steven seeks to enter an Interdisciplinary/Anthropology program for Fall ’16.
Louis Philippe Römer
(@lpromeranthro) is a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology at New York University.
Daniel Luxemburg
(@dluxemburg) is a developer at Genius. Daniel graduated from Harvard with a degree in Social Studies, completing an undergraduate thesis on the social history of the internet. He regularly gives technical talks at programming conferences.
Rahul Mahajan
(@rahulmuses) is a doctoral candidate in sociology at UW. He has a Ph.D. in physics, has written two books about the war on terror, and spent several years as an antiwar activist, writer, and speaker.
Rahul Mahajan
(@rahulmuses) is a doctoral candidate in sociology at UW. He has a Ph.D. in physics, has written two books about the war on terror, and spent several years as an antiwar activist, writer, and speaker.
Whitney Mallett
(@whitneymallett) is a journalist and artist based in New York
Joanne McNeil
(@jomc) is a writer interested in the ways that technology is shaping art, politics, and society. She is a digital arts writing fellow at the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. Recently she was an artist-in-residence at Eyebeam. She created the Emotional Labor Chrome/Gmail extension.
An Xiao Mina
(@anxiaostudio) is a technologist, writer and artist. She builds translation software for social media at Meedan Labs and co-founded the Civic Beat, an online magazine about technology, creativity and social change. She was most recently an arts journalism fellow with USC and the Getty Foundation.
Mariam Naziripour
(@grotexorcist) is a writer and aspiring game designer interested in the relationship between femininity, Reality TV and capitalism.
Laine Nooney
(@sierra_offline) is a computing and games researcher, inclusivity prophet, cultural memory strategist // postdoc @ MCC @ NYU // impending asst professor @ Georgia Tech.
Dalia Othman
(@DaliaOthman) is a Fellow at the Berkman Center researching online civic engagement in the Arab World, as well as media's impact and discource on a variety of news stories. When not researching online activism, she works on data storytelling and civic tech literacy.
Anne Pasek
(@aepasek) is a doctoral student of media history. Her research centers on the philosophy and contingencies of technology with a focus on the aesthetics, fragility, and performative stakes of digital infrastructures. She holds a Master of Arts degree in art history from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the University of Alberta.
Claudia Pederson
focuses her research interests on the theories, histories and practices spanning art, technology, and social agency. She holds a PhD from the History of Art and Visual Studies Department at Cornell University and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Art, Design and Creative Industries at Wichita State University.
Joel Penney
(@professorpenney) is an Assistant Professor of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University, where his current research focuses on political expression and mobilization via social media platforms.
Ted Perlmutter
(@tedperl) teaches graduate courses on social media, human rights, migration, and conflict at Columbia University. Theorizing the Web is one of his favorite venues.
Matt Policastro
(@mattpolicastro) is a researcher from Cincinnati, OH. He designs and develops interactive visualisations from data and says dumb things on Twitter.
Milena Popova
(@elmyra) is a PhD researcher at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England. She is also a blogger and campaigner on a range of issues, including digital rights, violence against women, and LGBT+ issues.
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.
Numi Prasarn
(@OhThatNumi) is a multimedia artist and producer focused in the Fashion, Design and Photography industries, and obsessed with finding narratives to track the way cultures move. She might also just be a cat when no one is looking.
Mikhel Proulx
is a cultural researcher of contemporary art, digital visual cultures, and critical Internet studies. His current scholarship investigates Indigenous media artists working on the early World Wide Web. He is the 2014/2015 Jarislowsky Foundation Doctoral Fellow in Canadian Art History. He holds a BFA in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an MA in Art History from Concordia University, Montreal, where he is developing his PhD.
Raven Rakia
(@aintacrow) is a journalist focused on cities, police and prisons. Don't worry about where she lives.
Timothy Recuber
(@timr100) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Smith College. His work focuses on media representations of disaster, death, and crisis. He is the author of Consuming Catastrophe: Mass Culture in America's Decade of Disaster, and his work has appeared in journals such as New Media & Society, Contexts, the American Behavioral Scientist, and Research Ethics.
Kenneth Rogers
(@ken_rogers) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University. His interdisciplinary research and publication is concerned with the intersection of labor, attention, political economy, digital media, and cultural practice. He is the author of The Attention Complex: Media, Archeology Method (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
Daniel Rourke
(@therourke) is a writer and artist. His PhD at Goldsmiths is concerned with re-articulating the digital in light of current debates surrounding posthumanism. He is lecturer in Digital Media Arts at London South Bank University, and visiting lecturer in Art at Kingston. His written work has appeared in Media-N Journal, AfterImage, Texte Zur Kunst, Alluvium Journal, Furtherfield and regularly at Rhizome.
Thomas Rousse
(@ludist) is a JD/PhD student at Northwestern University studying the intersection of new media and law, with a focus on game communities and culture. He moonlights as a cyclist and longswordsman.
Annie Rudd
teaches at Columbia University, where she received her Ph.D. in Communications in 2014. Her book in progress, "The Posed and the Candid," examines the meaning of posing in 19th-century portrait photography, and traces the rise of an aesthetic—and a politics—of photographic candor in the 20th century.
Legacy Russell
(@legacyrussell) is a writer, artist and curator. She is the London Gallery Relations representative for the online platform Artsy. Holding an MRes of Visual Culture with Distinction at Goldsmiths College of University of London, her academic and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, idolatry, and new media ritual.
Legacy Russell
(@legacyrussell) is a writer, artist and curator. She is the London Gallery Relations representative for the online platform Artsy. Holding an MRes of Visual Culture with Distinction at Goldsmiths College of University of London, her academic and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, idolatry, and new media ritual.
Kamala Sankaram
(@kamalasankaram) is a scholar, composer, performer, and activist. She holds a doctorate in Cognitive Psychology from the New School for Social Research, where she was the recipient of the Irvin Rock Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation. Her research focuses on how new technologies affect the way we think.
Dorothy R. Santos
(@deedottiedot) is a writer, editor, and curator based in San Francisco. Her research areas include new media and digital art, the internet of things, augmented reality, and text-based gaming.
Molly Sauter
(@OddLetters) is a PhD student at McGill University in Montreal, studying disruptive activism and the politics of technology. She is the author of The Coming Swarm: DDoS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet, published by Bloomsbury.
R Joshua Scannell
(@joshscann) is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Cities: Unauthorized Resistances and Uncertain Sovereignty, "Both a Cyborg and a Goddess” in Object Oriented Feminism (forthcoming) and co-author of “The Datalogical Turn” in Non-Representational Methodologies.
Gabi Schaffzin
(@GabiSchaffzin) is pursuing a PhD in Art History, Theory, and Criticism with an Art Practice concentration at UC San Diego. His work focuses on the designed representation of measured pain in a medical, laboratory, and consumer context, especially as it stems from a Cold War era turn towards the quantifiable and classifiable. 
Trebor Scholz
(@trebors) is a professor at the New School, NYC. His interests include digital labor, learning, and global media activism.
Nick Seaver
(@npseaver) is an assistant professor of anthropology at Tufts University. His research examines technologies for reproducing, circulating, and interpreting sound.
Samantha Shorey
(@samshorey) is a PhD student in Communication at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on new media, in relation to questions of creativity, cultural production and the politics of everyday life.
Geoff Shullenberger
(@daily_barbarian) is a Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at NYU. His writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Dissent, and other publications
Caroline Sinders
Paul Soulellis
(@soulellis) is a New York-based artist and designer, maintaining his studio at NEW INC at the New Museum. He teaches at Rhode Island School of Design. He founded his research-based graphic design and publishing studio Counterpractice in 2014.
Chris Speed
(@ChrisLSpeed) is an independent ICT4D researcher, focusing on practical and theoretical work in using technology for democratization and citizen participation in politics. He has an MA (PPSC, Dist.) from the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, UK.
Emma Stamm
(@turing_tests) is a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Her dissertation addresses the epistemic impact of digital technology by exploring the use of qualitative, non-digital methods in psychedelic drug research. She is also a freelance writer and musician. Her website is
Luke Stark
(@luke_stark) studies emotion, privacy, and digital media at New York University’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. He is a Student Fellow of NYU’s Information Law Institute (ILI), and has worked with Microsoft Research, Intel, and the Data & Society Research Institute — as well as with cows, trees, rocks, and recalcitrant campers.
Fuck Theory
(@fucktheory) is the avant-garde of affect.
Max Thornton
(@RainicornMax) is a PhD candidate in Theology and Philosophy at Drew University, working at the intersection of queer theory, crip theory, and new media. His work can be found in the book 'Zombies and Sexuality,' edited by Shaka McGlotten and Steve Jones.
Matthew Tiessen
(@dr_tiessen) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University (Toronto) and a Research Associate at The Infoscape Research Lab. Dr. Tiessen holds a SSHRC Insight Development Grant in the area of “Digital Economy” to support research on the social implications of algorithmically-driven digital technologies.
Angela VandenBroek
(@akvbroek) is a full-stack web developer and anthropologist. After a seven year career in information technologies, she returned to academia to pursue a PhD in anthropology from Binghamton University. She is currently preparing a dissertation project on web development in Sweden.
Emma Velez
(@EmmaDVelez) is a PhD student in philosophy at Stony Brook University. As a Chicana Okie, it is her intention to bring the diversity of her lived experience to her philosophical and political work. Her interests include social and political philosophy, feminist theory, and critical theory. Her current research is centered on exploring these areas in conjunction with an examination of the philosophical and political implications of our use of social media.
Benjamen Walker
(@benjamenwalker) has made radio for leading news organizations like the BBC and NPR, as well as experimental radio stations like WFMU. Currently he produces and hosts the podcast Theory of Everything. He is a founding member of Radiotopia, a public radio podcast network that is creating a new model for funding and delivering audio content.
McKenzie Wark
(@mckenziewark) is the author, most recently, of Molecular Red (Verso 2015).
Sara M. Watson
(@smwat) is a technology critic and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Her work explores how people are learning to live with, understand, and interpret data. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, and Wired.
Autumn Whitefield-Madrano
(@thebeheld)'s writings about the implications of beauty and personal appearance have appeared in The New Inquiry, The Guardian, Marie Claire, and more. Her book on the matter is to be published by Simon & Schuster in spring 2016.
Damien Patrick Williams
(@Wolven) researches, teaches, and writes at the intersection of philosophy, religious studies, technology, public life, pop culture, and the occult
Apryl Williams
(@AprylW) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Susquehanna University. Her research focuses on race, gender, popular culture, identity, social media, and technology.
Elizabeth Wissinger
(@betsywiss) is a Professor of Fashion Studies and Sociology at the City University of New York. She is a faculty member of the Masters of Arts and Liberal Studies program at the Graduate School and University Center and the Department of Social Sciences at BMCC/CUNY.
Christina Xu
(@xuhulk) is an observer and organizer of communities, both online and offline. She works on special projects for the audience development agency Everybody at Once, teaches at SVA's Interaction Design department, and spends a lot of time thinking about the global ecosystem of subcultures.
Emily Ming Yao
is a doctoral candidate in French and Comparative literature at Columbia University, with interests in global cinema and critical feminist theory.
Maryam Yoon
(@maryamyoon) is a recent MIT graduate and a former research assistant at MIT Anthropology. She has completed research projects about LOLspeak communities, childhood online chat, and has performed participant observation at ROFLcon to investigate the meaning of Internet memes to their users. Maryam is excited to meet likeminded thinkers and researchers and hopes to one day enroll in a graduate program to continue her work.
Zac Zimmer
is an assistant professor of Spanish at Virginia Tech and faculty affiliate with the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT) and Science and Technology in Society (STS)–received his PhD from the Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University. His research explores questions of literature, aesthetics, politics, and technology in Latin America.
Jason Eppink
Venue Liaison
(@jasoneppink) is the Curator of Digital Media at Museum of the Moving Image and a professional mischief maker.
tante (Jürgen Geuter)
(@tante) lives in the Internet and in the German meatspace where he works at a small university. He's been writing about the future of us as networked beings and the way technology changes the (social) world on his website and other publications (Spiegel, Wired Germany). Apart from thinking about the digital sphere, he likes monkeys.

committee members

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.
Whitney Erin Boesel
(@weboesel) Whitney Erin Boesel is an independent researcher and freelance editor whose work focuses primarily on the sociology of health, medicine, and technology. Her writing has appeared in TIME, The New Inquiry, Cyborgology, and Huffington Post; she is also the Production Manager for Theorizing the Web Presents.
Jenny L. Davis
(@Jenny_L_Davis) is on faculty in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University and co-editor of the Cyborgology blog. She works at the intersection of new technologies and social psychology.
Malcolm Harris
(@BigMeanInternet) is the author of Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials from Little, Brown and a freelance writer based in Philadelphia.
Rob Horning
(@robhorning) is an editor of Real Life magazine.
Imp Kerr
Creative Director
is a Swedish-French artist living in New York City.
Tanya Lokot
(@tanyalokot) is an Assistant Professor at the School of Communications, Dublin City University. Her research and writing focus on the interplay between digital media and civic actors in the context of augmented protest. She also writes about internet freedom, censorship and internet governance in Ukraine and Russia.
Sunny Moraine
(@dynamicsymmetry) is a writer and podcaster whose work has appeared in places like, Clarksworld, and Lightspeed; their fiction collection Singing With All My Skin and Bone is available from Undertown Publications. They are a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Maryland-College Park and will be finishing up their dissertation any day now. Seriously.
Rachel Rosenfelt
(@rachelrosenfelt) is co-founder and publisher of The New Inquiry. She is also Associate Director of the Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism MA program at the New School for Social Research.
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.