keynote panelists

Aaron Cantú
(@aaron_con_leche) is a journalist and activist in New York City. He is a senior editor at The New Inquiry
Alexa O’Brien
(@carwinb) researches and writes about national security and capital crimes
Tara Isabella Burton
(@NotoriousTIB) has written on religion and culture for The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, The Telegraph, Aeon, The American Interest, and more. She is finishing a DPhil in theology as a Clarendon Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford
Kyle Chayka
(@chaykak) is a writer living in Brooklyn covering technology and aesthetics for publications including The Verge, New York Times Magazine, and n+1.
Adrian Chen
(@AdrianChen) is a staff writer at The New Yorker
Vasily Gatov
(@vassgatov) is a Russian media researcher and author with over 30 years of practice in newspaper, agency and broadcast journalism as well as media management and futurism. He is a visiting fellow at USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy
John Knefel
(@johnknefel) is an independent journalist covering national security and civil liberties. He is also the co-host of Radio Dispatch, a daily political podcast.
Ava Kofman
(@eyywa) is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor of The New Inquiry.
Natasha Lennard
(@natashalennard) is a contributing writer for The Intercept. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Esquire and The New York Times, among others. She teaches critical journalism at the New School For Social Research and her forthcoming book, Violence (with Brad Evans), will be published by CityLights this year.
Kate Losse
(@katelosse) is an author and journalist who writes about design, architecture, and technology for a variety of publications.
Jay Rosen
(@jayrosen_nyu) teaches journalism at New York University. He is the author of, a blog about journalism’s ordeals in the age of the Web. In 1999, Yale University Press published his book, "What Are Journalists For."
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.
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
Sharon Zukin
is a late adopter sociologist who writes about cities and prefers F2F but has recently written about hackathons and race and gentrification in Yelp reviews. Known for: teaching at Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center, writing Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places.


Roshan Abraham
(@roshantone) is a journalist who writes about policy, technology, immigration, and criminal justice. He's also a poet and hosts the Final Fantasy Reading Series in Brooklyn every other month
Thaddeus Atzmon
is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. His current research focuses are systemic racism, the ascription of racial identities to Jewish Americans, and white racial framing in history books.
Mitra Azar
is an eclectic schizo-nomadic video-squatter and ARTthropologist with a background in aesthetic philosophy. Since almost 10 years Mitra has been living as a nomad and has been building an archive of site specific works in some of the most controversial areas of the planet, in the context of socio-political, cultural and ecological struggles, mainly through the lens of visual anthropology, art, and media philosophy
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
Liat Berdugo
(@whatliat) is an artist, writer, and curator whose work - which focuses on embodiment and digitality, archive theory, and new economies - interweaves video, writing, performance, and programming to form a considerate and critical lens on digital culture. She is an assistant professor of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco.
Maya Binyam
(@mayabinyam) is a writer who lives in New York. She's on the editorial staff of The New Inquiry and The Paris Review.
Siân Brooke
(@SianJMBrooke) is a DPhil student at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her doctoral research focuses on the construction of gendered identity on the pseudonymous web. In particular, the formation and maintenance of troll and hacktivist identities and the operation of gender politics in online forums
Nicole Brown
is a Center Affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Her interests include sociology, consumerism, black feminist theory and computation. She has expertise in comparative historical research and auto ethnography.
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 trans woman academic, activist and artist working on power, labour and gender through a variety of mediums. She writes in various modes, produces activist art works, and cares communities of trans women.
Faye Chevalier
(@bratcore) is the nonfiction editor of APIARY Magazine. She currently lives in Philadelphia
Chloe O’Neill
(@_plastic_baggie) is a trans-femme artist living in New York
Millie Christie-Dervaux
(@dervomatic) is a writer, photographer and editor based in New York. She likes to write about looking, being seen and what it means to make "art."
Angela Cirucci
(@angelacirucci) (PhD, Temple University) is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She explores social media's structures, affordances, algorithms, and materiality in an effort to understand how platforms provide specific experiences for specific users. Angela is interested in identity, privacy, anonymity, and agency online.
Naomi Clark
(@metasynthie) has been involved in making various kinds of games for over two decades. In addition to working as an independent game designer, she teaches game design, player research, and table-top roleplaying as part of the faculty of the NYU Game Center
Christopher Cox
(@ChristopherMCox) is a doctoral candidate in Georgia State University's Department of Communication. His research interests include media industries studies, new media theory, and visual cultures, with a particular emphasis on the role of autonomy and automation among human-machine interactions
Ricky Crano
lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he is a lecturer in English at Tufts University. He has published on critical theory, film, and digital culture in various venues. His current research focuses on the importation of cybernetic concepts and methods into early neoliberal market theory and on the production of economic subjects within digital media cultures.
Ashley Dallot
(@christlover2000) is a Catholic artist, poet, and media critic
Jade E. Davis
(@jadedid) has a PhD in Communication Studies with a focus on media, technology, and culture. She enjoys thinking about how tech becomes invisible in everyday life and how this affects intrahuman interaction
Diana Buendía
(@buendiag) lives in Los Angeles. Through her work she explores the hegemonic tensions between the U.S. and Latin America and the way related narratives refract back through media
Rooney Elmi
(@zenonthesequal) is the director of development at a post production studio, writer, and creator of SVLLY(wood) Magazine, an experimental radical print and digital publication geared toward curating a new cinephilia. Primarily interested in radical film culture and democratization of art, Rooney is also heavily involved in socalist organizing and building internationalism
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
Jacqueline Feldman
(@jacquefeld) , a writer living in New York, has also worked in artificial intelligence. Her essays about bots and other topics have appeared in Real Life, The White Review, and elsewhere.
Robbie Fordyce
(@r4dyc) is a researcher on the Melbourne Network Society Institute project ‘the Domestic 3D Printing Initiative’, and the Australian Research Council project ‘Avatars and Identity’. His research areas are 3D printing, videogames, globalization, activism and post-autonomist theory. He has published in ephemera, Games and Culture, and The Fibreculture Journal
Elisabeth Friedman
is Professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco and the author of Interpreting the Internet: Feminist and Queer Counterpublics in Latin America (University of California Press, 2017). She has also published articles on transnational women's organizing, women's rights in Latin America, and same-sex marriage
Maya Indira Ganesh
(@MAYAMEME) is a researcher, writer, reader, and activist working at the intersection of science and technology studies, digital privacy activism, feminism, and SF. She works at Tactical Tech in Berlin, and is a doctoral candidate at Leuphana University on rethinking ethics as a speculation about living with ubiquitous computing.
Jürgen Geuter
(@tante) is a political computer scientist and independent researcher working on better understanding, analyzing and communicating the relationship of automation and people. He has written for German and US publications about algorithms and their social impact
Sofya Glebovna
(@placeboglebovna) is a young Moscow-born and Berlin-based researcher and web-artist. Studying movie-, theatre studies and philosophy her prominent fields of research include remediation, digital performance and cyber-feminism. Her research-process is always accompanied by the creation of web-based artworks for instance the web-based GIF_Triptych “I LOVE MY LIFE”
Wesley Goatley
(@wesleygoatley) is a sound artist and researcher in critical data aesthetics. Through installations, software artworks, objects and performance, his practice explores the politics and ideologies of data, and how artistic practice can expand our understanding of it.
Ben Grosser
(@bengrosser) is an artist, and an assistant professor in the School of Art + Design and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He focuses on the cultural, social, and political implications of software
Sylvia Gutierrez
(@knifedom) has a BA in "Nail Art" from a typical liberal arts college
Benjamin Haber
(@benjaminhaber) is a PhD candidate in sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY and a Macaulay Instructional Technology Fellow at Brooklyn College. He has published widely on queer theory and digital media and recently organized the two day conference, “Queer Circuits in Archival Times: Experimentation and Critique of Networked Data.”
S. E. Hackney
(@fiiidget) is a queer, non-binary librarian and PhD student in Pittsburgh, PA. Their research looks at how online communities build collective identity through documentation practices. Their cat has more toes than yours
Abie Hadjitarkhani
(@abie) is a human(ist), entrepreneur, consultant, psychotherapist, writer, actor, photographer, teacher, software developer, publisher, producer
Nicholas A. Hanford
(@NicholasHanford) is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Games Criticism and doctoral candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Abdelrahman Hassan
(@Abdorepublic) is a programmer and digital culture researcher working on interrogating the boundaries between computer science and digital culture. Wordsmith, irony enthusiast and coincedental hater of categories
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.
Cynthia Hua
(@cynthiaxhua) is a researcher and artist is interested in how historical and social contexts should inform the creation of future information technologies.
Noah Hutton
is a film director in the eighth year of work on a 10-year documentary about global neuroscience research, focusing on the Blue Brain Project. Previously he directed the documentary feature films Deep Time (SXSW 2015) and Crude Independence (SXSW 2009)
Stephanie Jennings
(@stephaniejngs) is a PhD student in the Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She researches video games and games criticism, with interests in player agency, feminist theory, and the horror genre
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.
Brian Justie
(@b____j_____) is a PhD student at UCLA researching computation, aesthetics, and labor, with a particular focus on machine vision.
Zachary Kaiser
(@ZacharyKaiser) is Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Experience Architecture at Michigan State University. His current body of research questions the ideologies embedded in the design of technological products and services with which we interact and the impact of these ideologies on human intersubjectivity.
Rachel Katz
(@Rachel_A_Katz) is a doctoral researcher in the sociology department at the University of Manchester, U.K. She recently completed her master’s in gender studies at the University of Cambridge and received her bachelor’s from Barnard College. Her research addresses dating app technologies’ consequences for gender, sexuality, and everyday social interaction
Chris Kerich
(@ffuok) is an artist, programmer, artist-programmer, master's student in Comparative Media Studies, and all around pleasant human being interested in bringing critical science and technology studies perspectives to systemic processes and generative art
Gwera Kiwana
(@whoisgwera) Gwera is a Third Culture Kid who grew up across East Africa and is currently between London and Toronto, working with a digital challenger bank, interested in leveraging technology to democratize financial services and promote financial inclusion. She is a believer in Africa Rising (by and for Africans). The confluence of her expertise and passions marry design thinking, fintech and urban studies to decolonize, democratize, and reimagine ideas of urban spaces, financial inclusion and intersectional feminism.
Michael Lachney
is a PhD candidate in the Science and Technology Studies department at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research on educational technology and racial equity have appeared in Learning, Media and Technology and Computational Culture: A Journal of Software Studies
Mariela Libedinsky
(@MarielaLib) is a graduate from the University of Toronto, St. George with an Hons. B.A in philosophy and political science. Her academic work has focused on political theory, applied ethics, and police and policy reform. She is currently a Master's candidate at Queen's University in the Department of Sociology focusing her work on The Disappeared in Argentina and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls of Canada
Sara Lillo
(@saralillo) is a PhD student at Boston University interested in medical sociology and visual research methods.
Jess Maddox
(@jessmaddox21) is a PhD student at the University of Georgia where she studies the impacts of visual communication on popular and digital cultures. She has worked in magazines and social media strategy for over six years
Whitney Mallett
(@whitneymallett) is a journalist and artist based in New York
Kate Mannell
(@KateMannell) is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her doctoral research explores how people manage their social availability over mobile messaging and her research interests include technology resistance, mobile media and the everyday use of digital communication.
Tim Maughan
(@timmaughan) is a writer and journalist based in Brooklyn, who uses both fiction and non fiction to explore issues around technology, cities, labor, and global supply chains. His work appears in places such as the BBC, Channel 4, Vice, Motherboard, and New Scientist. He sometimes makes films too
Maggie Mayhem
(@MsMaggieMayhem) is a San Francisco-based former sex worker, current full spectrum doula, and harm reduction activist
Joshua McWhirter
(@jmcwhrtr) is a Brooklyn-based writer and audio producer. He is an editor at Failed Architecture, an online platform for independent architecture criticism.
Stephanie Monohan
(@shdwbxng) is writer, illustrator, and youth culture researcher for MTV. She is currently pursuing a masters in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt. Her work focuses on the intersections of technology, horror, and capitalism. She resides in New York and can often be found screening midnight movies at the Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn.
Md Nabil
(@Nabilmn0007) is pursuing a PhD in Media and Communication Studies in University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research interest is in the field of youth, deviance and online culture. Previously, he has also worked as a journalist and a screenwriter
Jozie Nummi
(@jz_rose) is pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology at Texas A&M University. She analyzed Twitter data surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, for her Master’s Thesis. Her research interests include intersectionality, social media and social movements, along with systemic racism.
Paola Parmiggiani
(@pparmiggi) is associate professor at University of Bologna. Her research interests are related to the symbolic and communicative dimensions of the practices of consumption, the practices for responsible consumption and least but not last social and humanitarian communication
Jessie Patella-Rey
(@jessiepatella) has an academic background in philosophy and theology. Her academic work has focused primarily on issues of female embodiment, with an emphasis on sexuality, pregnancy, and birth. She is also an active doula and an aspiring midwife.
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.
Zara Rahman
(@zararah) is a researcher, writer, and linguist who is interested in the intersection of power, race, and technology. She has traveled and worked in more than 25 countries in the field of information accessibility and data use in civil society. She is currently a Fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York City and is also a Research Lead at The Engine Room where she leads their Responsible Data Program
Sara Reinis
(@sarareinis) is an obsessive thinker about the internet. Her research and writing interests surround social media, visual culture, and new technologies. She currently works as the Associate Director of Creative Strategy at Vox Media.
Renée Reizman
(@reneereizman) is a multidisciplinary artist working in curation, writing, and research. She interrogates urbanization, law, and digital humanities through the narratives of erased histories. Renée is an MFA candidate in Critical & Curatorial Studies at the University of California, Irvine and the Curatorial Assistant at And/Or Gallery, Pasadena
Marika Rose
(@MarikaRose) is a Fellow in Philosophical Theology at the University of Winchester, UK
(@Safyhallanfarah) is a writer and editor.
Guy Schaffer
studies waste, gardens and utopia. He currently teaches at new Jersey Institute of Technology.
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. 
Krista Schnell
(@kristaschnell) is a PhD student in sociology at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include gender and technology, not surprisingly because she was studied mechanical engineering in undergrad and then worked for five years as a technology consultant in Silicon Valley. She believes that we critique what we love.
Leah Schrager
(@onaartist) is an artist who works between the web and NYC. In her work she photographs, appears in, augments, and markets her own image. She founded Naked Therapy, co-curated the female-positive exhibition, and is currently engaged in a celebrity-as-art-practice project, ONA
Mayukh Sen
(@senatormayukh) is a culture writer who lives in New York. He's currently a Staff Writer at Food52, and he has written for New York Magazine, the FADER, VICE, Pitchfork, Real Life, the New Inquiry, and elsewhere
Yotam Shmargad
(@thesickish) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona’s iSchool. In his research, he analyzes how social media alter the way products and information spread. He also makes music and video mashups under the pseudonym thesickish – a slangy portmanteau of the words sick (meaning good) and ish (meaning shit).
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
Kate Sim
(@katejsim) is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute focusing on anti-rape technologies as an intersection of higher education, metrics, and politics of safety
Grace Sloan
(@trrransducer) is an experimental filmmaker, prop master, and former projectionist with an unshakable love of the movies. Her academic interests include social media as both extensions of ourselves and film/photo traditions, and Hollywood films as political and cultural reflections.
Michael Thomsen
(@mike_thomsen) is a writer and reformed Seventh-Day Adventist. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Outline, Slate, The New Inquiry, The New York Times and Real Life. He lives in New York.
Shane Tilton
(@silnan) is an Assistant Professor at Ohio Northern University & Kenneth Harwood Dissertation award winner who also happens to be an "academic hobo"/polymath/bon vivant/doctor of philosophy.
Monica Torres
(@monifierce) is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York
Jessika Tremblay
(@jessnerz) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research interests are: infrastructure, digital anthropology, ICT4D, internet and social media use in Indonesia, urban anthropology
Caitlin Turner
is a PhD Candidate at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Her research combines prior experience in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with research in Communications on mesh networks, infrastructure and the history of alternative media. Her current projects focus on the intersections of media infrastructure and social change.
Austin Walker
(@austin_walker) is Editor-in-Chief of Waypoint, VICE's Guide to Gaming, and an erstwhile academic. He writes about the intersection of games, culture, labor, and community.​
Seth Barry Watter
is a PhD candidate in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Camera Obscura, Grey Room, and Seeing Science ( He currently lives in New York City
Lindsay Weinberg
(@Laweinbe) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovative Studies with the Honors College and Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University. Her research and teaching are at the intersection of media studies, feminist theory, and critical political economy, with an emphasis on digital culture and the history of technology and design. She received her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2018. Her work has appeared in Lateral, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, and Impost: A Journal of Critical and Creative Work. She is the Contributing Editor of Studies in Control Societies, an interdisciplinary, open-access, online journal.
Damien Patrick Williams
(@Wolven) researches, teaches, and writes at the intersection of philosophy, religious studies, technology, public life, pop culture, and the occult
Joelle Woodson
(@woahitsjo94) is a recent graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Sustainability Studies and Design, Innovation, & Society, and a Strategist at Hyperakt. She lives in Brooklyn and is a writer, producer, & actor.
Lior Zalmanson
(@zalmanson) is a Fulbright visiting scholar and lecturer @ New York University, Artistic Director / Founder @, Former Research Fellow @ Metropolitan Museum's Media Lab.
manuel arturo abreu
(@Deezius) (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet and artist from the Bronx. They work with text, ephemeral sculpture, and photography out of a garage in southeast Portland.

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.
Alexis Anais Avedisian
(@holyurl) is the current Communications Manager of NYC Media Lab, a public-private partnership launched by the NYCEDC, Columbia University and New York University. Her writing interests include advertising, commodity feminism and the attention economy.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Eppink
Venue Liaison
(@jasoneppink) is the Curator of Digital Media at Museum of the Moving Image and a professional mischief maker.