keynote panelists

danah boyd
(@zephoria) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society, and a Visiting Professor at New York University.
Samantha Cole
(@samleecole) is Brooklyn-based journalist at Motherboard, Vice's science and technology outlet. She covers the wild and wonderful corners of the World Wide Web, including dystopian AI porn, sex workers' rights, questionable gadgets, and YouTube feuds.
Ramona Flour
(@RamonaFlour ) is a 27 year old sexworker, activist & digital marketer specializing in the adult industry residing in Brooklyn, NY. She has been involved in the industry since 2012.
Danya Glabau
(@allergyPhD) teaches at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, consults with tech and healthcare companies as Implosion Labs, and writes about feminism, technology, and health for Real Life.
Cameron Glover
(@BlkGirlManifest) is a writer, sex educator, and host of the explosively informative and entertaining podcast, Sex Ed in Color. She writes regularly for publications such as Healthline, Essence, Slate, and others, as well as contributing regularly as a Playboy sex columnist.
Lyta Gold
(@lyta_gold) is the Amusements Editor of Current Affairs. She is also a fiction writer, sometime librarian, and cat connoisseur.
Yulyia Grinberg
earned her PhD in Anthropology at Columbia University. Her work connects digital theory with practice and explores how developers of wearable computing configure digital knowledge.
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.
Daniel Joseph
(@DanjoKaz00ie) is post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, lecturer, and freelance journalist. He holds a PhD in Communication and Culture from Ryerson University and York University. His research investigates the concentration, monopolization, and diversity of game and app developers, publishers, and platforms. He has bylines in Real Life Magazine, Motherboard, Jacobin Magazine, and the Literary Review of Canada.
Jacklyn Lacey
(@TheVelvetDays) is a curator and educator at the American Natural History Museum She does work on disease epidemics in subsaharan Africa and works with health care providers to understand the ethics of digital communication.
Dia Lacina
(@dialacina) is a queer indigenous trans woman writer, photographer and founding editor of, a monthly journal dedicated to microgenre work about games. She tweets too much at @dialacina.
Mary Madden
(@mary_madden) Mary Madden is a veteran technology researcher, writer and public speaker. She is currently a Research Lead at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York City, where she directs an initiative to explore the impact of data-centric systems on Americans’ health and well-being. She is a nationally-recognized expert on privacy and technology, trends in social media use, and the impact of digital media on teens and parents.
Vicky Osterweil
is a writer, editor and agitator based out of Philadelphia. She is the author of the forthcoming book In Defense of Looting.
Hined Rafeh
(@hined) is a PhD Candidate in the Science & Technology Studies department at RPI studying the regulation and commercialization of genetic tests.
Max Read
(@max_read) is a writer and editor at New York magazine. He is a former editor-in-chief of Gawker and a founder of IRL Club.
Danielle Riendeau
(@Danielleri) is a Managing Editor at VICE media (and a site lead for the VICE chapter of the WGAE), where she writes, podcasts, and produces video on the cultural impact of video games and entertainment. She also teaches at the Berklee College of Music, volunteers on an ambulance in Brooklyn and Queens, and trains and competes in submission grappling.
Justin Roczniak
(@donoteat02) (donoteat1 on YouTube) produces videos which explain urban planning and how our built environment came to be, with visualizations using the city-building game Cities: Skylines. He is also the co-host of the Well There's Your Problem podcast. He studied civil engineering at Drexel University.
Liara Roux
(@LiaraRoux) is a sex worker, independent adult media producer and director, and political organizer focused on freedom of expression for adult workers online, and an advocate for decriminalization and protection of consensual adult activity including queer and sexworker rights and safety worldwide.
Jessie Sage
(@sapiotextual) is a sex worker, writer, and public speaker covering sexual politics, sex work, and feminism. She is a weekly sex columnist at Pittsburgh City Paper, co-host of the Peepshow Podcast, and an organizer for the Pittsburgh chapter of the Sex Workers' Outreach Project.
Damien Patrick Williams
(@Wolven) researches, teaches, and writes at the intersection of philosophy, religious studies, technology, public life, pop culture, and the occult


Sarah Adams
(@speckledwords) is a designer working in tech. She has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Interaction Design, where her thesis considered the personality of robots. She is also a socialist activist and pekingese walker.
Lori Adelman
(@ladelman) is a Director at Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization, and co-leads the website She has previously worked at Planned Parenthood, the United Nations Foundation, and Human Rights Watch. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Aarati Akkapeddi
(@aaratiakkapeddi) is an Indian-American, cross-disciplinary artist and programmer, whose work often centers around the image as a fluid source of data. She uses computer vision and machine learning techniques to examine the bias of the gaze in determining information from images. She works with both personal and institutional photo archives to explore the ways in which identities and histories are shaped by these different ways of seeing. Generally, she is interested in the poetics and politics of datasets.
Neta Alexander
(@netalexander) is a Lecturer teaching in the department of Cinema Studies at NYU. She researches technology and failure and serves as an Assistant Editor of Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (JCMS). Her first book, "Failure," is co-authored with Arjun Appadurai and forthcoming from Polity Books.
Diana W. Anselmo
is an Assistant Professor of Film & Media History at Georgia State University. Her research on girl audiences has earned several grants, including those by the NEH, the Fulbright Foundation, and IAMHIST. Her work has appeared in Cinema Journal, Screen, Camera Obscura, and Feminist Media Histories. She is currently working on a book on queer female reception in early Hollywood under contract with the University of California Press.
Runa Archer
is a nuclear engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a bioartist/author for the upcoming zine "For Novelty Use Only." Her research lies in the hazardous materials all around us, from radioactive fallout to the toxic sex toys we put inside ourselves.
Brandon Arroyo
(@pornocultures) is an instructor of media studies at Queens College. He theorizes about the affective resonance of sexually explicit imagery and its impact on identity construction. He is the host of the Porno Cultures Podcast and the co-editor of the anthology I Confess: Constructing the Sexual Self in Art and Media within the Third Sexual Revolution.
Skyler Balbus
(@hello_skyler) is Director of Product Design at Postlight, a digital product studio in New York City. Her work is informed by her interdisciplinary background, and she is interested in finding new ways to bridge the gap between academia and practice in design.
Dalia Barghouty
(@derri_daddy) is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include digital cultures, social media, media/critical theory, contemporary literature, temporality, ontology, & the self(ie). If you’re interested in starting a podcast about makeup contour & continental philosophy with her, slide in her dms.
Daly Barnett
is a software engineer and privacy advocate. She is the founder of t4tech, an organization that facilitates free tech education workshops for trans and gender-nonconforming people.
Anna Beckerman
works in community health and is pursuing a degree in social work. She likes bad scifi and fantasy shows.
Rachel Bergmann
(@rachbgm) is an MA student in Communication Studies at McGill University. Her research interests include feminist science and technology studies, critical algorithm studies, and cultural histories of AI and machine learning.
Danielle Blunt
(@mistressblunt) is a NYC-based Dominatrix, a full-spectrum doula and sex worker rights activist. She studies power dynamics through kinesthetic modalities and researches the intersection of public health, sex work and equitable access to tech. Currently she is studying at CUNY SPH and working with Survivors Against Sesta. She enjoys watching her community thrive and making men cry.
Olga Boichak
(@olgarithmic) is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Maxwell School’s interdisciplinary program in social science (Syracuse University). A theory junkie and a data geek, she fuses ethnographic and computational methods to explore the role of digital media in constructing social reality.
Yana Calou
(@yanacalou) As the tech sector Engagement & Training Director at, Yana Calou (they/them) provides workers across the tech industry with the support, skills, and infrastructure needed to build power in their workplaces. They've directed programming for CLAGS Center for LGBTQ Studies at CUNY, served as advisor for the Queer Survival Economies Initiative at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and directed communications for the Retail Action Project (RWDSU), GLAAD, and the Women's Media Center.
Juliana Castro V.
(@juliacastrov) is a Colombian graphic designer and writer. She’s the founder of Cita, a feminist open-access library and Design Associate at the human rights and technology non-profit Access Now. Juliana is a Mozilla Open Leader, a Fulbright alumna and was a Berktern at Harvard’s Berkman Center for the Internet.
Catherine Chen
(@aluutte) is a poet and performer. A former Amazon data associate, they are interested in working through the failings of technology, archival memory loss, and queer intimacy.
Patricia Ciccone
is currently a PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies at USC. She’s also a researcher for, an online catalogue for LGBTQ Canadian film history, curates moving image events in Montreal and Los Angeles and performs as Patty Booboo in the feminist hip-hop art collective Donzelle.
Tim Cowlishaw
(@mistertim) is a technologist and researcher with a slightly confused background in both the humanities and computer science. His interests include urbanism and the politics of public space, and the social consequences of algorithmic personalisation. When he is not working, he likes bikes, beer and weird music.
Abigail Curlew
(@Curlew_A) is a doctoral researcher, freelance journalist, and trans feminist activist from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Her writing explores critical issues in surveillance studies and the cultural politics of the Internet and has been featured in Vice, the Conversation, and Briarpatch Magazine.
Rita Damiron Tallaj
(@ritadamiron) is a bilingual TV host, digital producer, and journalist born and raised on the island of the Dominican Republic. In her years since moving to New York, she has worked competitively as a producer in the millennial media market. She will be presenting her research at the 69th Annual ICA Conference this May.
Emily Esten
(@sheishistoric) is the Judaica Digital Humanities Project Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Social Media Editor & Site Designer for Contingent Magazine. She received her MA in Public Humanities from Brown University, where she studied technology and communities in relation to the work of museums and cultural institutions.
Annie Felix
(@atanyafelix) is a student of New Media Theory at New York University.
Julia Foote
(@footefaced) is a Communications Coordinator for an NYC nonprofit. They are a recent graduate of The New School, where they earned a degree in urban studies with a focus on horror film.
Keli Gabinelli
is a 2017 Master's graduate of New York University's Media, Culture & Communication department. Since leaving the Big Apple, she's relocated to Santa Cruz, California where she works as a Media Activist for the watchdog organization, Media Watch.
Colin Garvey
(@colinkgarvey) is a PhD candidate at RPI in the STS department working on the mitigation of the risks of artificial intelligence through democratic governance.
Victoria Gonzalez
is a PhD Candidate at Rutgers University. Her research interests are social movements, online activism, popular culture, LGBTQ culture and media sociology.
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.
Ana Grouverman
(@anagrouv) is a technology researcher collaborating with the Oxford Internet Institute. Her interests include discourse manipulation on social media and modeling the diffusion of ideas across online social networks. Prior to Oxford, she spent six years at Google. She holds degrees from Oxford University and Georgetown University.
Sun-ha Hong
(@sunhahong) Sun-ha examines speculations and fantasies surrounding big data and smart machines. His book Technologies of Speculation: The limits of knowledge in a data-driven society (NYU Press, 2020) traces shifting standards of knowledge and certainty in the age of data-driven surveillance. Sun-ha is Assistant Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University.
Cynthia Hua
(@cynthiaxhua) is a researcher and artist is interested in how historical and social contexts should inform the creation of future information technologies.
Brian Justie
(@b____j_____) is a PhD student at UCLA researching computation, aesthetics, and labor, with a particular focus on machine vision.
Hazelle Lerum
is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Science, Technology, & Society. Her research explores the politics of direct-to-consumer DNA tests, the dangers of toxic sex toy materials, and the intersection of art and environmental justice in citizen science.
Yunyi Li
is a PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA. Her research focuses on techno-Orientalism, labor, transnationalism, and media infrastructures.
Juniper M
(@cyber_moons) writes queer futurism, and they are blog editor at The Coachella Review. They fall in love with New York every day and try not to get run over by dump trucks while biking to work. Follow them on instagram @june_moon or like them on Tinder.
Maggie MacDonald
(@internetmaggie) is completing her MA in Media Studies at Concordia University. She researches pornography as a cultural industry, with a focus on platformization and how this process influences content and production conditions.
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.
Nina Medvedeva
(@burnacademia) Nina is a PhD student in Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on how city residents politically mobilize to navigate Airbnb’s particular monetization of the home and displacement in Boston, Washington D.C., and San Francisco.
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.
Rafaela Nakano
(@rafaelanfava) is an "exiled" Brazilian currently based in Leeds, UK, and a third-year PhD student in the School of Media and Communication (University of Leeds). Her thesis title is "An ethnographic study of the nature of Globalisation as seen within a small Brazilian Community." She has a BA Social Communication (Journalism) and an MA Cinema and Photography.
Jared Newman
is an analyst at betaworks ventures. He joined betaworks ventures in 2017, where he sources and evaluates investments and predicts market trends. He studied English literature and Data Science at Yale University.
Lydia Nobbs
(@nobbsly) is a Politics PhD student at the New School. She is interested in: politics of technology, artificial intelligence, the future of work, and uncertainty.
Yoehan Oh
(@yoehanee) is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research explores information and media technologies, centering the non-Western and non-English data subjects and algorithms. His current project focuses on the co-constitution of search engines, web ecology, regulatory discourses, and (geo)political economy in the East Asia.
Jackie Orr
is Associate Professor of Sociology at Syracuse University and a performance theorist working at the crossroads of cultural critique, technoscience studies, and the politics of bodies. Her recent performance piece, “Slow Disaster at the Digital Edge,” has been performed at the University of Chicago, Stanford, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Sohum Pal
(@sgpal_) is a writer, editor, Twitter user, and student of history at Yale.
Kelly Pendergrast
(@k_pendergrast) is a writer and media artist based in San Francisco. She is the co-lead of ANTISTATIC, a communications and research group that investigates and translates complex issues in tech, the environment, and social justice. Her recent writing focuses on the visual culture of the internet, uncanny landscapes, and cyborg labor.
Anna Pendergrast
(@APndrgrst) is a New Zealand-based analyst and writer. She is the co-lead of ANTISTATIC, a communications and research group that investigates and translates complex issues in tech, the environment, and social justice. Her recent writing focuses on the visual culture of the internet, digital equity, and cyborg labor.
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.
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.
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.
Becca Ricks
(@baricks) is a creative technologist and researcher thinking about online privacy and computational systems. Her work explores how social platforms collect data about their users using automated or opaque computational processes, and how such systems deepen existing social inequalities.
Karina Rider
(@kaareeenah) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. Her research interests include technology and activism, digital capitalism, race, labor, and technology in the Bay Area.
Louise Ryan
(@lou_ryan2) is a sociology PhD candidate at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research centres on post-feminist media studies, social media surveillance, body image and the Quantified Self movement. She previously wrote on the intersection pop culture and social media while maintaining a loving relationship with mediocre caffeine sources.
Indiana Seresin
(@indianaseresin) is a writer and PhD student at the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation is on the “speculative archive” as form in contemporary American art and literature. She lives in London and Berlin.
Danny Spitzberg
(@daspitzberg) Danny Spitzberg is a user researcher and sociologist based in Oakland, California. He is writing a book about membership structures.
Emily Stainkamp
(@raym0ndwilliams) Emily Stainkamp is a PhD candidate in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. Her work focuses on social media and subjectivity.
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
Kelly Steinmetz
(@kellyjasmine) is a scholar of film, art and media as well as a writer and filmmaker.
Verónica Uribe del Aguila
(@veronia) is a PhD student in Communication and Science Studies at UC San Diego. Her research brings together design, and feminist STS. Currently, she explores the socio-technical praxes that constitute the category “make” as they intersect with neocolonial practices and discourses about labor, race, disability, and gender across the global south.
Anh Vo
(@Cult_Plastic) is a choreographer, dancer, and writer, currently earning an MA in Performance Studies at New York University.
Megan Wacha
(@megwacha) advances equitable access to information and publishing through her dual roles in libraries and the Wikimedia movement. As the Scholarly Communications Librarian for the City University of New York, she leads CUNY's 31 libraries in the development and management of CUNY’s open access institutional repository, CUNY Academic Works. Megan is also an active Wikipedian and the President of Wikimedia NYC, a volunteer run non-profit committed to connecting New Yorkers and New York institutions with Wikipedia, Wikimedia, and the larger free culture movement.
Carmen Warner
is a PhD student in Communication at Carleton University. Her work explores the relationship between identity, representation, and the politics of space. Her doctoral project focuses specifically on media, racial histories and spatial politics in Nova Scotia, where she is from.
Allie Watson
(@allieisanant) is a PhD student in Communication at Carleton University currently studying Marxist perspectives on the social imaginary constructed around computer code and hacking, and the creative and material economies of digital production. Her research looks at the Learn to Code movement and the role of coding bootcamps in neoliberal society.
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.
Joshua Weiss
(@joshuazaneweiss) is an ethnographer of emergent technological cultures in Cuba, where he has conducted long-term fieldwork over the last 5 years. He is currently a PhD candidate writing up a dissertation at University of California Davis in Cultural Anthropology.
Assata Zerai
is Professor of Sociology and faculty affiliate in the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois. Zerai’s research interests include African women’s access to mobile technology, making the work of marginalized scholars more accessible, and environmental justice/health activism. She has published five books spanning these topics.
Jonathan Zong
(@ohnobackspace) is a visual artist and computer scientist. He is currently a researcher at MIT CSAIL, where he is pursuing a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction. Jonathan graduated from the Visual Arts and Computer Science departments at Princeton University. His interests lie in the frictionful boundary where bodies encounter mechanization.

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.
PJ Sage
(@peejsage) teaches Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and is writing a dissertation on the professional cam models' labor and intimacy with clients. He is co-host of the Peepshow Podcast, an associate editor at QueerPGH, an XBIZ nominated adult clip producer.
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.
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."
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.
Johnathan Flowers
(@shengokai) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Worcester State University. His research focuses on the affective ground of experience and embodiment through American Pragmatism, Phenomenology and East-Asian Philosophy. He also focuses on Pragmatist and cross-cultural approaches to machine intelligence, consciousness, and science and technology studies broadly.
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.
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. 
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.