My name is Yuanye Ma (马元晔). I am a doctoral candidate at School of Information and Library Science (SILS), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My advisor is Dr. Stephanie W. Haas. For this academic year (2020-2021), I am affiliated with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP), working with Dr. Francesca Tripodi.
Before UNC SILS, I obtained my Master's degree at University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI), with a specialization on Information Policy. I spent my undergraduate years at Soochow University, Suzhou, China.
My dissertation research proposes to treat the concept of privacy through natural language processing. More specifically, for me, privacy is considered as a concept under the light of intercultural information ethics, and I hope by leveraging semantic measures, a more nuanced understanding of the concept of privacy in an inter/cross-cultural environment can be achieved.
My research interests and motivations were enlightened when I started to read from comparative ethics, and later on intercultural information ethics. In particular, work from professor David B. Wong, and professor Rafael Capurro have both inspired me greatly. To use a few terms to categorize my main research interests, they would include: information ethics (IE), intercultural information ethics (IIE), and natural language processing (NLP).
My work and publications touch on a range of information studies topics, including health information management, health informatics, recommender systems, pedagogy in LIS, etc. I am broadly interested in philosophy (in particular philosophy of technology, philosophy of language, and ethics), psychology, sociology, and languages, and have drawn great inspirations from these fields.