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danah boyd

Principal Researcher


danah boyd’s research centers on the intersection of people, social practices, and technology. She is interested in how mediated environments alter the structural conditions in which people operate and how people navigate and repurpose these environments for their own needs. Her current work investigates how youth culture, privacy, the current “big data” and AI phenomenon, and unintended outcomes of social technologies. She is the author of “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”. danah is also a Research Assistant Professor at New York University and the founder and executive director of the Data & Society Research Institute, a NYC-based think/do tank. When bored or frustrated, danah is known to blow off steam by ranting on her blog.


Social Media Collective

Established: July 6, 2010

Over the last decade, social media has become a central part of people's engagement with technology. From email to Twitter, mobile phones to Facebook, people are using a vast array of social technologies as a part of their daily lives.…











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MSR NYC Lab Opening


May 16, 2014


Duncan Watts, Fernando Diaz, Kate Crawford, David Rothschild, Justin Rao, Jennifer Chayes, Dan Huttenlocher, Kathy McKeown, danah boyd, and David Pennock


Microsoft Research New York City, Microsoft Research New England and New York City, Cornell Tech, Columbia University


Lifetime Prevalence Rates and Overlap of Physical, Psychological, and Sexual Dating Abuse Perpetration and Victimization in a National Sample of Adolescents (2016)

July 2016

National, epidemiological data that provide lifetime rates of psychological, physical, and sexual adolescent data abuse (ADA) perpetration and victimization within the same sample of youth are lacking. To address this gap, data from 1058 randomly selected U.S. youth, 14–21 years old, surveyed online in 2011 and/or 2012, were weighted to be nationally representative and analyzed.…

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