Participant Bios

Full biographical sketches below the list

  • Morgan Ames
  • Marguerite Avery
  • Corinna Bath
  • Geoffrey Bowker
  • Finn Brunton
  • Ayse Buyuktur
  • Gabriella Coleman
  • Stéphane Couture
  • Shay David
  • Carl DiSalvo
  • Paul Dourish
  • Ingrid Erickson
  • Jill Fantauzza-Coffin
  • Mary Flanagan
  • Laura Forlano
  • Nathan Freier
  • Elizabeth Goodman
  • Jina Huh
  • Jeremy Hunsinger
  • Lilly Irani
  • Nassim Jafarinaimi
  • Joe Karaganis
  • Jelena Karanovic
  • John King
  • Cory Knobel
  • Christopher Le Dantec
  • Alice Marwick
  • Jacqueline Meszaros
  • Lilly Nguyen
  • Helen Nissenbaum
  • Robert Olivo
  • Erika Poole
  • David Ribes
  • Erica Robles
  • Theo Röhle
  • Amanda Rotondo

  • Erich Schienke
  • Phoebe Sengers
  • Katie Shilton
  • Judith Simon
  • Stephen Slota
  • Karen Smith
  • Vincent Toubiana
  • Susan Winter
  • Malte Ziewitz
  • Michael Zimmer

    Morgan Ames
    Doctoral Candidate
    Stanford University
     Morgan is a PhD candidate in Stanford's Department of Communication, advised by Professor Fred Turner. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from UC Berkeley in spring 2004 and a Master's degree in information science from UC Berkeley in spring 2006, and has completed the requirements for a PhD minor in anthropology at Stanford. Her current research explores the social meanings of new media technologies. Her dissertation work involves the technological dreams engendered by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project's "XO" laptop, particularly the tensions between the hopes of OLPC developers and realities of students, teachers, and parents. She is focusing on the country-wide deployment in Uruguay. In collaboration with Nokia Research Center Palo Alto, she has also explored the socioeconomic divides in family practices and parent attitudes around communication and media technologies including computers, video games, mobile phones, and video conferencing in the United States. More information about her work is available at

    Corinna Bath
    Department of Philosophy of Science
    University of Vienna

     Corinna Bath is researcher in the project “Sociality with machines” at the Department for Philosophy of Science at the University of Vienna since April 2004 (popuplink ). She studied mathematics and political science at the Free University of Berlin and has been research assistant in the computer science department and the mathematics department at the Technical University Berlin (1993-1995, 1995-1996), in the computer science department at the University for Applied Sciences Anhalt/FH in Köthen (1997-1998) and in the of the computer science department and the centre for feminist studies at the University of Bremen (1998-2003). She is finishing her doctoral thesis on the co-production of gender and technology in computer science at University of Bremen. Her main working fields are feminist science and technology studies, gender studies in computer science, theories of computer science, transdisciplinarity and, at present, anthropomorphizing and gendering processes of emotional and social software agents.

    Geoffrey Bowker
    School of Information Sciences
    University of Pittsburgh
     My main current research interests are in the field of classification and standardization: in particular asking how these play into the development of scientific cyberinfrastructure. My recent Memory Practices in the Sciences looks at information infrstructures and storytelling in a science over the past two hundred years. It looks at geology in the 1830s, cybernetics in the 1950s and environmental sciences today - weaving together their information infrastructure and the stories that they tell about their objects. My next book after that - How to Read Databases - is coming slowly along.

    Finn Brunton
    Postdoctoral Associate
    New York University
     Finn Brunton ( is a postdoctoral researcher in Media,
    Culture and Communication at NYU. He holds a PhD from the Centre for
    Modern Thought at the University of Aberdeen, and an MA from the
    European Graduate School in Switzerland. He works on the history and
    politics of digital media, particularly areas of privacy, anonymity,
    misuse, abuse and experimentation. He is currently working on a paper
    about data obfuscation, a project on new publishing technologies for
    scholars, and a book about the history of spam.
    Ayse Buyuktur
    Doctoral Candidate
    School of Information
    University of Michigan
     I am currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan's School of Information (SI), working towards my PhD under the mentorship of Prof. Mark S. Ackerman and Assist. Prof. Steven J. Jackson. My research interests lie broadly at the intersections of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Human-Computer Interaction, and Science and Technology Studies. I'm interested in socio-technical systems, distributed scientific collaborations, cyberinfrastructure, technology design, and user experience. Prior to beginning my doctoral work at the School of Information my academic focus was on the health sciences; I received my Master of Public Health in 2003 and Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2006, both from the University of Michigan.
    Stéphane Couture
    Doctoral Candidate
    Université du Québec à Montréal
     I am a PhD student in joint thesis at the Faculty of Communication in Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and in the department of Social Science at École nationale supérieure des télécommunications in Paris. I am broadly interested in the cultural and political dimensions of technical activity, especially computer programming. After receiving a B.Sc. degree in computer science, I was involved in several  projects related to alternative media, free software activism, and international cooperation. I completed a master degree in communication studies at UQAM which was concerned by the free software movement in South America. During that period, I was also the coordinator of the Laboratoire de communication médiatisée par ordinateur (Computer-mediated communication Laboratory) at UQAM, where I worked on a larger research project that aimed at describing and analyzing the practices and discourses of technological activists.

    My doctoral project is concerned with software source code. Software source code is the set of textual   documents that formally specify the behavior of software – its script. For an increasing number of software programs, especially those that are used as infrastructures for the Internet (web servers, content managers, online databases, etc.), source code is more and more collaboratively written by an important number of people working distantly. In the course of these collective practices, specific choices, or contributions, of source code are continuously reviewed, appreciated and judged. The objective of my thesis is to present a pragmatic analysis of the activity of source code writing and in particular, of how different values are performed through source code writing.

    Shay David
    VP of Business and Community Development
    Kaltura Inc.

     Shay David is a scholar and serial entrepreneur who specializes in collaborative and open-source information and communication systems. Shay is the co-founder of Kaltura, ( ) where he oversees strategy, sales, business development, and community development. Prior to Kaltura, Shay was a co-founder of Destinator Technologies, a leader in mobile-GPS-navigation software, and MindEcho, a collaborative filtering software company. Shay was involved for many years in cutting edge software research, combining open source and proprietary software. He lead various product development cycles from concept to market and consulted on open systems to Fortune 500 companies like Toyota and Becton Dickson. Shay holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from Tel-Aviv University, and an M.A. from New York University where his interdisciplinary research thesis focused on the political economy of free and open source software and file sharing networks. Shay wrote his PhD dissertation on ‘Participatory information networks’ at Cornell University and he is also a fellow at The Information Society Project at the Yale Law School ( ) where he has done his Post-doc work on issues of peer-production and access to knowledge. Shay has published extensively in leading academic and industry journals, and has presented his work all over the world. He lives with his artist wife Ofri ( and his daughter Tamara in New York City.

    Carl DiSalvo
    Assistant Professor
    Georgia Institute of Technology        
     Carl DiSalvo has worked at the intersection of design, technology and politics since 2000. From 2000 – 2005 he was a member of the tactical media collective Carbon Defense League, which engaged in designing software for activists, hacking electronics and information systems, and orchestrating oppositional media events to prompt public debate. In 2006 he received the his Ph.D. in Design from Carnegie Mellon University. From 2006 – 2007 he was a post-doctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University with joint appointments in the Studio for Creative Inquiry and the Center for the Arts in Society, where he conducted scholarly and applied research into the use of robotics and sensing technologies in community contexts. Since 2007 he has been an assistant professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech he teaches courses in Information Design and Visual Culture and Design and established The Public Design Workshop to investigate the possible roles of technology and design in shaping and enabling public discourse and action.

    Paul Dourish
    School of Information & Computer Sciences
    University of California-Irvine

     I am Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, with courtesy appointments in Computer Science and in Anthropology. In addition to our Informatics program, I also teach in (and currently direct) our interdisciplinary graduate program in Arts, Computation, and Engineering (ACE). My research lies at the intersection of computer science and social science, with a particular interest in ubiquitous and mobile computing and the practices surrounding new media.
    Ingrid Erickson
    Research Fellow & Program Officer, Digital Media and Learning Project
    Social Science Research Council
     Ingrid Erickson is Research Fellow and Program Officer in the Digital Media and Learning Program at the Social Science Research Council. She received her PhD from the Center for Work, Technology & Organization at Stanford University in 2008 and her MS in Human-Computer Interaction from the School of Information, University of Michigan in 2002. Ingrid's scholarly interests lie at the intersection of science and technology studies (STS), communication, and organizational behavior, with a particular emphasis on the emergent practices surrounding locative technologies (e.g., GPS) in social contexts. She has conducted research with the Social Computing Group at IBM's T J Watson Research Center and at Boeing's Phantom Works research division, and worked for ten years as an editor in the publishing industry.

    Jill Fantauzza-Coffin  
    Doctoral Candidate
    Georgia Institute of Technology   

     Jill Coffin is currently working on her dissertation project titled Art, Engineering, and Experience.
    Mary Flanagan
    Film & Media Studies
    Dartmouth College
     Mary Flanagan investigates everyday technologies through critical writing, artwork, and activist design projects. Flanagan’s work has been exhibited internationally at museums, festivals, and galleries, including: the Guggenheim, The Whitney Museum of American Art, SIGGRAPH, The Banff Centre, The Moving Image Centre, New Zealand, Central Fine Arts Gallery NY, Artists Space NY, the University of Arizona, University of Colorado-Boulder, and venues in Brazil, France, UK, Canada, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Australia. Her projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Pacific Cultural Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Laura Forlano
    Postdoctoral Associate
    Cornell University
     Laura Forlano is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Human Computer Interaction Lab at Cornell University. In 2008-2009, she was Kauffman Fellow in Law at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Forlano received her Ph.D. in Communications from Columbia University in 2008. Her dissertation, “When Code Meets Place: Collaboration and Innovation at WiFi Hotspots,” explores the intersection between organizations, technology (in particular, mobile and wireless technology) and the role of place in communication, collaboration and innovation. Forlano is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Design and Management department at Parsons and the Graduate Programs in International Affairs and Media Studies at The New School where she teaches courses on Innovation, New Media and Global Affairs, Technology and the City, Technology Policy, Sustainable Design and Business Ethics. She serves as a board member of NYCwireless and the New York City Computer Human Interaction Association. Forlano received a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University, a Diploma in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s in Asian Studies from Skidmore College.

    Nathan Freier
    Assistant Professor
    Langauge, Literature, & Communication
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
     Nathan G. Freier is an Assistant Professor of HCI in the department of Language, Literature, and Communication with a joint appointment in Information Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  In 2007, he received his doctorate in Information Science from The Information School at the University of Washington.  In 2000, he received a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas, both from the University of Washington.  Nathan's research interests fit within the broad area of human-computer interaction with emphases on children's technologies, social robotics, and value sensitive design.  Nathan's work explores how children develop socially and morally in the context of increased interactions with apparently intelligent, autonomous systems such as embodied conversational agents and social robots.  Other research interests include (a) social and moral development in the context of computer-mediated communication and immersive virtual environments, (b) value issues (e.g., privacy) in ubiquitous and location-enhanced computing, (c) children's information behavior, and (d) the cross-cultural impact of technology on child development.

    Elizabeth Goodman
    Doctoral Candidate
    School of Information
    University of California-Berkeley

     Goodman's research at the School of Information combines human-computer interaction (HCI) with geography, investigating the design of ubiquitous computing systems for everyday urban places such as cafes and gardens. Her thesis will focus on "designing ubiquity": how to produce commercial ubiquitous computing. Currently, she is focusing on how information systems might play a role in the creation and stewardship of urban green spaces for local food production and neighborhood activism.
    Jina Huh
    Doctoral Candidate
    School of Information
    University of Michigan    

     Jina Huh is a doctoral candidate at the School of Information, University of Michigan. For her thesis, she studies how people come to integrate online environment as their information management space, and explores social learning as a way to make Web-based technological world more livable. She is also working on a number of projects including designing complex preference based scheduling system for medical rehabilitation centers, supporting social sharing of technology configurations, and examining sustainable practices and obsolescence of computing artifacts.

    Jeremy Hunsinger
    Co-Director, Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
     Jeremy Hunsinger is one of the founders and Co-Director of the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture and a 2006 Scholar Fellow. He attended the Oxford Internet Institutes 2004 Summer Doctoral Programme and was a tutor in their 2009 programme.  He was Graduate Fellow of the NSF Workshop on Values in Information Systems Design. He is an Ethics Fellow at the Center for Information Policy Research at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2007-Current. He is currently collaborating with researchers around the world on a diverse array of projects including the co-editing the International Handbook of Internet Research (Springer, 2007/8), the Australian Creative Resources Online project and Learning and Research in SecondLife.

    Lilly Irani
    Doctoral Candidate
    Information & Computer Sciences
    University of California-Irvine
     I am a PhD candidate in Informatics with a Graduate Feminist Emphasis, working at the intersection of Anthropology, Science Technology Studies, and HCI. I'm particularly interested in political economy and globalization issues in technoculture. My dissertation work looks at new design practices and cultures emerging at the intersection of design and development discourses in India.

    I study with Paul Dourish in the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction. I also work with Kavita Philip (Women's Studies and Informatics) and Keith Murphy (Anthropology).

    Previously, I spent four years at Google as a User Experience Designer doing early stage design research and interaction design. I have an M.S. in Computer Science specializing in Human-Computer Interaction, a B.S. in Computer Science with honors in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University.

    Nassim Jafarinaimi
    Visiting Assistant Professor
    Georgia Tech
    Doctoral Candidate
    Carnegie Mellon University
     Nassim Jafarinaimi is a Visiting Assitant Professor at the school of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Institute of Technology and a PhD candidate in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interest is design theory and criticism as related to interaction design and communication design.

    Nassim has been part of a variety of design projects such as UNESCO's web portal for International Art, Science, and Technology, and DMM (Domestic Mail Manual) Transformation Project. She teaches courses in visual design and interaction design at Georgia Tech. She has also developed and taught courses in design theory such as Globalization and Design and Introduction to Design Ethics at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Tehran University, Iran, and an M.S. degree in Information Design and Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.

    Joe Karaganis
    Program Director, Media & Democracy
    Social Science Research Council

     Joe Karaganis directs SSRC projects on media, technology, and culture, including the 'Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere' Program and the 'Culture, Creativity, and Information Technology' Program. His research focuses on the relationship between digital convergence and cultural production, and has recently included work on media piracy, broadband adoption, and data policy. He is editor of Structures of Participation in Digital Culture (2007) and of the forthcoming Toward Detente in Media Piracy (2010). He has also worked as a consultant for the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations.

    Jelena Karanovic
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    New York University
     I have been trained as cultural anthropologist, French studies scholar, and computer scientist.  My interests are in the anthropology of media and communications and anthropology of science and technology, focusing on transnational cultures, ethnographic methods online, new media practices and advocacy, communication and information rights, France and Europe.  My book manuscript examines cultural construction of information technologies and digital media through an ethnographic study of French voluntary associations that advocate free software.  Drawing on twenty months of fieldwork conducted offline and online in France in 2004 and 2005, I trace the renewed relevance of national frameworks in mobilization around transnational software and rethink the impact of media technologies on the production of collective identities.  I also examine the dilemmas of facilitating democratic engagement in expert fields such as software engineering and intellectual property law.  More broadly, my work highlights the divergent and often contentious terms on which people across the world use digital media technologies, suggesting that culture and history are key to understanding global digital infrastructures.  I am continuing to explore the ways in which new media technologies are intertwined with activism and social sciences, by participating in a series of workshops on new media literacies at Rutgers' Center for Cultural Analysis and by teaching courses in online ethnography, media and globalization, and cultural anthropology.

    John L. King
    Professor and Vice Provost
    University of Michigan

     John Leslie King is Vice Provost for Academic Information and Professor and former Dean in the School of Information at the University of Michigan.  He joined Michigan in 2000 after twenty years at the University of California at Irvine. He has published extensively on the relationship between technical change and social change, especially on information technology in organizations, institutions, and markets.  Along the way he has been Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School, distinguished visiting professor at the National University of Singapore and Canon Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Frankfurt.  From 1992-1998 he was Editor-in-Chief of the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research.  He holds a PhD in administration from the University of California, Irvine and an honorary doctorate in economics from Copenhagen Business School.  He is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Cory Knobel
    Doctoral Candidate
    School of Information
    University of Michigan

     Cory Knobel is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, and will be joining the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall as an assistant professor. His research addresses the design and evaluation of large sociotechnical systems, particularly cyberinfrastructure. His current project focuses on the NSF/DARPA/NASA-sponsored Digital Libraries Initiative-Phase One as an instance of formative information infrastructure.

    He is a NSF STIET (SocioTechnical Infrastructure for Electronic Transactions) Fellow, and an IBM PhD Fellow working on Service Science and SSME initiatives with the Service Practices group at IBM Almaden Research Center. Cory received his bachelor's degree in Slavic languages and literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a graduate of the STS and Complex Systems programs at the University of Michigan.

    Christopher Le Dantec
    Doctoral Candidate
    Georgia Institute of Technology
     Christopher Le Dantec is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Human-Centered Computing program at Georgia Tech. His research is taking aim at how marginalized communities like the homeless are affected by social change inherent in the adoption of new technologies. Prior to Georgia Tech, he was an interaction designer with Sun Microsystems and helped establish its interaction design practice in the Czech Republic.

    Alice Marwick
    Doctoral Candidate
    Media, Culture, and Communication
    New York University
     Alice Marwick is a PhD candidate in the Media, Culture, and Communication department at New York University. Her dissertation links three self-presentation practices people use to increase social status in online environments-- life-streaming, micro-celebrity, and self-branding-- with neoliberalist discourses of identity and the self. In 2009, Alice spent nine months in San Francisco conducting research on the Web 2.0 startup community and interned with danah boyd at Microsoft Research New England, researching audience and celebrity practice on Twitter. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the American Prospect, First Monday, the LA Times, Wired, Business Week and on BBC radio. Alice holds an MA in Communication from the University of Washington and a BA in Women's Studies and Political Science from Wellesley College. She lives in Manhattan and enjoys karaoke, thrift stores, and feminist blogs.

    Jacqueline Meszaros
    Project Director, SBE
    National Science Foundation
     Jacqueline ("Jack") Meszaros is Program Director for Innovation and Organizational Sciences and for Decision, Risk and Management Sciences at the National Science Foundation. She also has responsibilities in the areas of complexity studies and virtual organizations within the Social,. Behavioral and Economic sciences.  Jack's Ph.D. was in Management and her post-Doctoral work was in Behavioral Economics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Her primary research has been on individual and organizational decision making about low-probability, high-consequence risks.  Jack was a professor of management at the University of Washington, Bothell, and at Temple University before she joined the NSF five years ago.

    Lilly Nguyen
    Doctoral Candidate
    Information Studies
    University of California-Los Angeles


     Lilly U. Nguyen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. Her research interests explore cultural dynamics of knowledge circulation in postcolonial contexts. She is especially interested in the moral economies of software and methodological questions of data representation and data narratives. She is currently writing her dissertation on the modes of hybridity that emerge through the encounter between free and open source software and pirated software in Vietnam. She received her bachelor's degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and her master's degree in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has previously worked on the development of open education resources portals, systems for data forgetting, and a social networking site for the South Asian community in the ethnoburbs of Southern California. She is currently based in Los Angeles, CA and enjoys bike-riding, Korean and British soap operas, and finding improved methods for meat braising.

    Helen Nissenbaum
    New York University
      Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science, at New York University, where she is also Senior Faculty Fellow of the Information Law Institute. Her areas of expertise span social, ethical, and political implications of information technology and digital media. Nissenbaum's research publications have appeared in journals of philosophy, politics, law, media studies, information studies, and computer science. She has written and edited three books and a fourth, Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life, in 2009, with Stanford University Press.

    The National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ford Foundation, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security have supported her work on privacy, trust online, and security, as well as several studies of values embodied in computer system design, including search engines, digital games, and facial recognition technology. Nissenbaum holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University and a B.A. (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Before joining the faculty at NYU, she served as Associate Director of the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

    Robert Olivo
    Doctoral Candidate
    Virginia Tech
     Robert Olivo is a graduate student in the Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech.  He has an undergraduate degree in computer science from Northeastern University and a Masters in STS from Virginia Tech.

    He has worked as a network and systems administrator for several years.  His
    past research interests have included the domestication of contemporary music
    technologies and the development of discourses over the information society and national technology policies in the Dominican Republic.  His current research interest revolves around cyber-infrastructures of inquiry in public K-12
    education.  He currently lives in NYC with his wife and they are expecting
    their first child in May.
    Erika Shehan Poole
    Doctoral Candidate
    Georgia Institute of Technology
     Erika Shehan Poole is a PhD candidate in human-centered computing at Georgia Tech. Her research focuses on how groups collaborate to use, maintain, and make sense of computing technologies; areas of study have included home technology maintenance practices, public understandings of emerging technologies, workplace adoption of collaboration software, and collaborative gaming technologies for improving health and wellness. Erika holds a BS degree in computer science from Purdue University and an MS in computer science from Georgia Tech. With any luck, by the time of this workshop she will have defended her dissertation. ;-)

    David Ribes
    Visiting Assistant Professor
    Communication, Culture, and Technology
    Georgetown University
     David Ribes is faculty in Georgetown University's Communication, Culture and Technology Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Science Studies from the University of California at San Diego (2006), and came to Georgetown University from the University of Michigan where he did a post-doc at the School of Information. His research and teaching interests, which lie at the intersection of sociology, philosophy and history, have focused on the emerging phenomena of Cyberinfrastructure (or networked information technologies for the support of science) and how these are transforming the practice and organization of contemporary knowledge production.

    Erica Robles
    Assistant Professor
    New York University
     Erica Reyna Robles research focuses on the role media technologies play in the production of space. In particular, she concentrates on configurations that enable a sense of public, collective, or shared experience, especially through the structuring of visibility and gaze. Trained as both an experimental psychologist and a cultural historian she has employed a range of methodologies to explore the definition of media-space. She is currently writing a book about the 20th century transformation of Protestant worship space into a highly mediated, spectacular "mega-church."
    Theo Röhle
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    University of Paderborn
     I am a post-doc researcher at the Graduate Programme "Automatisms", University of Paderborn, Germany. In my PhD thesis, I developed a combination of Foucauldian concepts of power and Actor-Network-Theory in order to arrive at a relational perspective on the power of search engines. The resulting analytical tools are used in an exemplary study of Google, which includes mapping the topology of network relations and tracing stabilisations of the actants’ ascribed roles and functions. I received my M.A. in Communication Studies from Stockholm University, where I also studied Cultural Studies and History of Ideas. My blog can be found at

    Amanda Rotondo
    Doctoral Candidate
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
     I am a third year PhD candidate working on interdisciplinary research investigating the role of empathy in the success of non-co-located design teams. In the space of VID, I am currently working on a paper investigating the perception of the role of values in the design process among industry practitioners. 

    Erich Schienke
    Assistant Professor
    Science, Technology, & Society
    Penn State
     Research Interests: The construction of ethics in scientific research, particularly how ethics and environmental knowledge are produced, prioritized, and communicated between scientists, policy makers, and the public. Currently researching and developing the Ethical Dimensions of Scientific Research Program (EDSR), and completing book on the history of and relationships between Chinese ecological science and environmental governance, with a focus on climate policy and urban development.

    Phoebe Sengers
    Associate Professor
    Information Science & STS
    Cornell University

     I am a computer scientist and a cultural theorist, working primarily in Human-Computer Interaction and cultural studies of technology. I develop culturally embedded systems; i.e., new kinds of interactive technology that respond to and encourage critical reflection on the place of technology in culture. Specifically, I analyze IT in the context of North American consumer culture and the rise of efficiency, productivity, and faith in technoscience as hegemonic cultural values. I use insights from cultural analysis of IT to identify and rethink the assumptions underlying technologies, to build new applications for computing, and to develop new techniques for designing and evaluating technologies.

    Katie Shilton
    Doctoral Candidate
    Information Studies
    University of California-Los Angeles
     Katie Shilton is a doctoral student in Information Studies at the
    University of California, Los Angeles. Her research explores privacy
    and ethical challenges raised by ubiquitous sensing technologies, and
    she coordinates a research project at the Center for Embedded
    Networked Sensing focused on these questions. Katie received a B.A.
    from Oberlin College in 2003 and a Masters of Information Science from
    UCLA in 2007.

    Judith Simon
    Research Fellow
    Institut Jean Nicod/Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

    Judith Simon is a fellow at the Institut Jean Nicod since May 2009. Previously, she has worked at the Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna for four years and spent two years in technology assessment of biomedicine in Berlin. She holds a master in psychology from the Free University Berlin and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Forum on Contemporary Europe in 2008. Her current areas of interest are concepts of knowledge, trust and sociality in epistemology and social software. 

    Stephen Slota
    Doctoral Candidate
    University of Pittsburgh

    Karen Smith
    Doctoral Candidate
    Faculty of Information Studies
    University of Toronto
     Karen is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Information Studies and Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada.  Her dissertation focuses on participation in policy-making both inside and outside of government IT infrastructures in the province of Ontario.  In other research Karen has explored the design and implementation of technologies such as multimedia biographies for persons with cognitive impairments, government run health information portal websites, and ID infrastructures (including ID cards and databases).  Karen is interested in qualitative research methods including ethnography, video/visual methods and participatory research.

    Vincent Toubiana
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    New York University
     Vincent Toubiana is a Postdoctoral Researcher at New York University (NYU) working on web search privacy and the TrackMeNot project. Before joining NYU, he worked at Alcatel-Lucent as research engineer. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science at Telecom ParisTech (French National School of Telecommunications) in 2008. He received his M.S. degree in Networking from Pierre et Marie Curie University of Paris and his Engineering degree from ENSIIE in 2005.
    Susan Winter
    Program Officer
    Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI)
    National Science Foundation

     Susan J. Winter, Ph.D.  is a Program Officer in Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation managing programs in virtual organizations as sociotechnical systems, cyber-enabled discovery and innovation, and cyberinfrastructure training, education, advancement and mentoring. She received her PhD in business administration from the University of Arizona, her MA in organizational research methods from the Claremont Graduate University, and her BA in organizational psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and has over 20 years of international managerial and consulting experience.  Her research on the impact of ICT on the organization of work has appeared in Information Systems Research, Information & Management, and the Database for Advances in Information Systems, and been presented at the International Conference on Information Systems and at the Academy of Management. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Information Technology, Information and Organization, and Group and Organization Management.

    Malte Ziewitz
    Doctoral Candidate
    Institute for Science, Innovation, and Society
    Oxford University
     Malte is a doctoral candidate in Science and Technology Studies at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford, a guest lecturer at the Oxford Internet Institute and a member of Keble College. Broadly based in socio-legal studies, public policy and STS, his research revolves around issues of governance and accountability in digitally networked environments—the dynamics at work, the values at stake, the design options at hand. In his PhD project, he examines the ontological politics of internet-based rating and ranking schemes in a series of ethnographic case studies.

    Michael Zimmer
    Assistant Professor
    School of Information Studies
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
     Michael Zimmer, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an associate at the Center for Information Policy Research. With a background in new media and Internet studies, the philosophy of technology, and information policy, Zimmer studies the ethical dimensions of Internet technologies and social media, with particular interest in privacy, information ethics, access to knowledge, and value-conscious design.