SMC seeks postdoc for 2023

Microsoft Research New England is looking for a postdoctoral researcher interested in bringing sociotechnical perspectives to analyze critical issues of our time. They will join social scientists using empirical and critical methods to study the social, political, and cultural dynamics that shape technologies and their consequences. Our work draws on and spans several disciplines, including …

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SMC seeks interns for summer 2023

Microsoft Research New England is looking for advanced Ph.D. students interested in bringing sociotechnical perspectives to analyze critical issues of our time. Interns will join a group of social scientists using empirical and critical methods to study the social, political, and cultural dynamics that shape technologies and their consequences. Our work draws on and spans …

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Your SMC Schedule for AoIR 2022

The 2022 Association of Internet Researchers Conference is coming up and we have an especially strong contingent of SMC alumnae and current members presenting. These talks and panels cover a range of topics including visibility in underground music scenes, chronic and crip technologies, feminist approaches to disinformation studies, and the #FreeBritney campaign.   For those of …

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We’re in the Era of Creator Culture

Credit: Photo by Jenna Ueberberg From influencers, vloggers, live streamers, to “Wanghong” (網紅) in China, the past decade saw the emergence of “creator culture” where “commercializing and professionalizing native social media users” generate and circulate original content “in close interaction and engagement with their communities” [1]. These creators engage in content creation in pursuit of …

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Farewell!

This is my last week as a postdoc with the SMC, so I thought I’d write a little something to mark the occasion. It’s been a brilliant two years since completing my PhD, I’ve met some wonderful people and have managed to consolidate my research agenda into something vaguely coherent. During my time here, I …

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SMC internship for the spring: on platforms / news / communities / moderation

I’m thrilled that I get to seek an additional SMC intern this year, for the spring of 2022. This would be a 12-week paid internship, like our summer gig, but running approximately March-May. Please consider applying if you want to work with me on issues around social media platforms, news curation, user communities, toxicity, or …

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Call for Papers: JCMC Special Issue on Technology and the Future of Work!

Nancy Baym and SMC alum Ifeoma Ajunwa are guest editing a special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication! They welcome submissions from the extended SMC network. See the call for papers below: JCMC Special Issue: Technology and the Future of Work Guest Editors:Nancy Baym, Microsoft Research  Ifeoma Ajunwa, University of North Carolina Nicole Ellison, …

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new essay by Elizabeth Fetterolf: “It’s Crowded at the Bottom: Trust, Visibility, and Search Algorithms on Care.com”

We're excited to share a new publication from Elizabeth Fetterolf, on how care workers perform their trustworthiness, and how platform algorithms grant them different kinds of visibility. Elizabeth is currently the research assistant for the Social Media Collective, having recently completed their M.Sc. in Sociology at the University of Oxford. "It's Crowded at the Bottom: …

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