Friday 7 April

NOON–1:15PM ET Session 1

Studio A #a1

New Money

Guy Schaffer
Unpaid affective labor, social debt through social media metrics, and Silicon Valley's courting the apocalypse fuels today's post-rational techno-capitalist economy.
Angela Cirucci
Invisible Female Labor: How Women Drive “Institutional Interaction” Online
Ricky Crano
Between Gregariousness and Governance: Social Media's Cult of Debt
Marika Rose
Deus in Machina: Digital Capitalism and Technological Re-Enchantment
Gwera Kiwana
Telecoms to the Rescue? What Is the Role of Mobile Money Platforms in Providing Financial Services?: An Exploration of M-Pesa in Kenya
Studio B #b1

Ways of Knowing

Knowledge creating is a matter of organization as well as content, an endless negotiation with what is already known and the forms in which that knowledge circulates. Knowledge work means not only creating new ideas but assessing the containers and habitats in which they might take root and flower.
S. E. Hackney
The Wikipedia Page for 'Shorts'
Jason Farman
Loading: How Buffer Icons Shape Our Sense of Time and Our Practices of Waiting
Nicholas A. Hanford
Expanding Open Access: Building a Feed-Forward Journal
Sylvia Gutierrez
Faith and Technology in a Post-Religion Society: A Panacea to Apocalypse
Studio C #c1

Image Layers

Seth Barry Watter
As images circulate, they provide a grammar for political expression. Even when they are only barely tweaked, they can take on whole new meanings and contexts in connection with previously shared content.
Abdelrahman Hassan
Mannequin Challenge: Reclaiming Space and Time
Hannah Barton
Operation Mindfuck: A Photocopier, a Conspiracy, a God, a Frog
Siân Brooke
“There Are No Girls on the Internet”: Gender Performances in the Advice Animal Meme Genre
Maggie Mayhem
#NodSquad & #TweakerNation: Why Getting High Online Leads To Better Substance Use Outcomes

1:30PM–2:45PM ET Session 2

Studio A #a2

Ethics of Connection

Michael Lachney
Networks aren't neutral: They perform an implicit moral function in how and when they link their members and serve as ethical actors in their own right.
Joshua McWhirter
Dispositioning Systems: Infrastructures of Affect in the Locative City
Benjamin Haber
Queer Temporality and the Performance of Risk
Caitlin Turner
The Case for Bolts: A Critical Analysis of Media Infrastructures and Mesh Networks
Anna Jobin
Online Advertising, Algorithms, and Intermediaries
Studio B #b2

I, Human

Yotam Shmargad
The imperfections of humanity are often most visible when we strive for perfection, as the development of artificial intelligence has demonstrated. Does AI exemplify how our digital creations are extensions of ourselves?
Noah Hutton
Neural Normality
Maya Indira Ganesh
Auto Correct: Fiction as an Approach to Developing Ethics-As-Accountability in Driverless Cars
Abie Hadjitarkhani
Ok Google, I’m Having a Crisis
Jacqueline Feldman
Other Than Human: AI Personality Design
Studio C #c2

Disrupting Disruption

Joelle Woodson
Silicon Valley's politics and economics of disruption also produce opportunities for both resistance and retrenchment.
Renée Reizman
The Minor Internet: Non-Radical Interventions of Internet-Based Art
Elisabeth Friedman
Transforming the Internet through Feminist Activism
Lior Zalmanson
Hands on the Wheel (and the App) – Regaining Control in the Age of Algorithmic Management
Chloe O’Neill
Meme Magic and the Rise of the Alt-Right

3:00PM ET Session 3

Studio A #a3

Invited Panel | Get Ready for Some Gaming Theory

Jeremy Antley
Games allow us to enter new worlds and become new characters, but they are also generators of threshold spaces where questions of identity and authenticity are debated by designers and players alike.
Studio B #b3

Select All

Wesley Goatley
Collecting ever more data into ever larger sets does not make for more objectivity. Nor does it water down the effects on those being surveilled.
Krista Schnell
How Big is Your Data? Data and Gender in Silicon Valley
Lindsay Weinberg
Rethinking Privacy: A Feminist Approach to Privacy Rights After Snowden
Private: Jack Kahn
MSSNG: How the Google Cloud is Changing the Meaning of Autism
Jürgen Geuter
Transcending the Data-Algorithm-Dualism
Studio C #c3

Don’t Trend on Me

Amanda Hess
The web was long hailed as inherently democratic, yet the current moment is marked by antidemocratic politics and manipulated media reaction. How are communications technologies fueling the rise of populist authoritarianism? How might they be used to stabilze political discourse? What of '2016' as a cultural and political style?
Sara Lillo
co-authored by Thaddeus Atzmon
Digital Masculinities and the 2016 Presidential Election
Brian Justie
Dada Data: Seizing the Means of Meaning-Making

6:00PM–7:30PM ET Keynote 1

Redstone Theater #k1


In the web's early days, commentators often predicted a radical decentralization of work and play. Video chat and email, the thinking went, would render offices, cities, and commuting moot. But cities are more desirable than ever as urban life becomes more predictable, less gritty, and more individualistically oriented. Fueling this transformation is the convergence of the city and the smartphone. Mapping, ride-hailing, and image-sharing apps are among the many recent innovations that require cities’ unique characteristics of density, scale, and diversity to function, but also impose a sort of orderliness and control that was once only found in post-war suburbs. This panel will explore the homogenizing, commodifying, and revitalizing forces that digital networks bring to bear on our built environments.

7:30PM–9:00PM ET Keynote 2

Redstone Theater #k2

Where Truth Lies

Natasha Lennard
Fake news and post-truth, alternative facts and filter bubbles: our moment’s politics are both too chaotic and too predictably on the nose. On Brexit and the rich asshole, journalists and experts had their expectations refined down to a decimal point, but their odds-making produced more confusion than certainty. Meanwhile, the lack of a basis for shared knowledge has allowed hoaxes and propaganda to proliferate. We are fresh off a campaign that was run, covered, and won like a reality show. What of this chaos epistemology, a tactical approach that has long been part of web culture but is now installed in the seat of power? Do we want to strengthen knowledge-producing institutions? Build new ones? What does it mean to produce and consume news information when the very shape of the world is contested, and any fact feels impossible? We will grapple with these topics on this panel, with a special focus on the role of social media.

9:00PM ET Afterparty

Saturday 8 April

11:00AM ET Doors Open

NOON–1:15PM ET Session 4

Studio A #a4

It Me

Originally seen as a disembodying force, the web offers opportunities for new kinds of embodiment and identity construction that redraw traditional boundaries while inventing different ones.
Paola Parmiggiani
Celebrity Athletes: Brands and Activism
Mitra Azar
Disembodiment of the Gaze as Political-Aesthetic Battlefield
Faye Chevalier
Digital Dualism in Online Sex Work
Rachel Katz
Finding Tinderella: Romance and Authenticity on American Dating Apps
Studio B #b4

Home Screens

Christopher Cox
Whether you are leaving home or seeing home from a distance for the first time, the view from the web can be both starkly revealing and subtly distorted.
Jessika Tremblay
Internet as Infrastructure: The Development of ‘Cyber’ Neighborhoods in Indonesia
Diana Buendía
Soothing the Pain of Rupture: Rethinking Home in the Midst of Messaging Apps
Ted Perlmutter
SmartPhones and Refugees: Theorizing and Moving Beyond Information Precarity
Shane Tilton
The Appalachian Discourse: A Critical Analysis of the Network Communication within the Appalachian region of the United States
Studio C #c4

Regulating Bodies

Jessie Patella-Rey
Bodies are crucial pieces of wetware that keep the web running, and as with all things related to computers, they are subject to the tension between binaries and more inclusive gradients.
Ada Cable
Traumatized Bodies, Caring Lives: How Does Violence Inflicted on Trans Women Prepare Us for a Life of Care
Gabi Schaffzin
co-authored by Zachary Kaiser
Resisting Biopolitical Normalization
Md Nabil
What Does News Media Say About Revenge Porn?

1:30PM–2:45PM ET Session 5

Studio A #a5

Novel Fantasies

The technologies we fantasize about are just as important as the technologies we actually make. Looking at the way the web plays a character in movies and television can help us understand the role it plays in our lives.
Monica Torres
Racebending Towards a Better Future: How People of Color Are Putting Themselves Into Stories They Were Written Out Of
Grace Sloan
Hollywood's Evolution of (human) Good vs. (robot) Evil
Cynthia Hua
Screens Onscreen: Black Mirrors and Other Filmic Narratives of Technology
Stephanie Monohan
“It Could Look Like Someone You Know”: Trauma, Haunting, and the Impossibility of the Post-human in Modern Horror Films
Studio B #b5

Privacy and Control

Whitney Mallett
As thousands of people compete to get noticed by collecting likes and reviews, thousands more just want to be left alone. Breaking, dodging, and unpacking digital surveillance have become necessary skills in a networked era.
Kate Sim
Predicting Abuse: UK Child Protection Practitioners’ Information Use and the Adoption of Predictive Technologies
Chris Kerich
co-authored by Robbie Fordyce
The Agony and Ecstasy of Breaking Shit
Geoff Shullenberger
We Are All Targeted Individuals Now
Studio C #c5

Woke Up Like This

Whitney Erin Boesel
The web’s foregrounding of attention metrics such as shares, upvotes, and likes reshapes beauty standards just as it transforms self-expression.
, Sara Reinis, Leah Schrager, ,

Thou Shalt Covet: The Trials and Tribulations of Diversity in a Fashion Game
Sara Reinis
Beyond First Blush: The Hegemonic and Subversive Potential of Beauty Content on Instagram
Leah Schrager
Self-Made Supermodels: A Talk and Slideshow on Being an Instagram Model As a New Form of DIY, Digital, Feminized Performance

You are Your Own Meta-Voyeur; The GIF as a Feminist Medium

3:00PM–4:15PM ET Session 6

Studio A #a6

Invited Panel | Apocalypse Buffering

Ingrid Burrington
Studio B #b6

Invited Panel | The (mis)Use of Culture

Zara Rahman
Virality is often the result of effacing the cultures from which the memes emerged; at the same time, 'real time,' and 'live' sharing imposes hegemonic attitudes about race and other forms of difference. How things circulate articulates cultural values as much as any image's apparent content.
Studio C #c6

Sights of Power

Apryl Williams
The web was never going to free us from all inequality and racist violence, but it has made these more visible and possibly more susceptible to organized action.
Roshan Abraham
Race is a Feature, Not a Bug: Colorblindness in the Sharing Economy
Liat Berdugo
co-authored by Ben Grosser
Shooting Back at Shooting Back: The Civil Contract of Videography
Mariela Libedinsky
Surveillance as a Bystander: An Analysis and Critique of Police Interrogation Surveillance Methods Regarding Inequality

4:15PM–6:00PM ET Food / Social Break

6:00PM–7:30PM ET Keynote 3

Redstone Theater #k3

Misinfo Wars

Rachel Rosenfelt
Kompromat, disinformation, or propaganda — whether you think these are the same, different, or otherwise related, it is clear that all of them will be prominent in our lives for the foreseeable future. Examining who benefits from these media practices and how that shapes our future political environment is of primary importance. It is critical to take an international perspective, with a special focus on Russia: Has Russia’s role in the worldwide politics of disinformation been accurately described? Instead of focusing on the supposed unprecedented nature of Putin’s Russia, might there be other analogues for our current politics that provide cautionary tales for this uncertain time?
Vasily Gatov, Adrian Chen,

7:30PM–9:00PM ET Keynote 4

Redstone Theater #k4

Twitter and Tear Gas

John Knefel
Our century has already seen its fair share of world-changing political events. The web's role in these events is no longer in question, but the character, scope, and political valence of its influence certainly are. How social movements form with and around social media is a pressing question with still too few answers. Join Zeynep Tufekçi, who has spoken at each Theorizing the Web, as she sits down with John Knefel to discuss her new book, Twitter and Tear Gas.
Zeynep Tufekçi,