Social Science PhD Internships at Microsoft Research New England (Spring & Summer 2012)

Microsoft Research New England (MSRNE) is looking for PhD interns to join the social media collective for Spring and Summer 2012. For these positions, we are looking primarily for social science PhD students (including communications, sociology, anthropology, media studies, information studies, etc.). The Social Media Collective is a collection of scholars at MSRNE who focus …

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Debating Privacy in a Networked World for the WSJ

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal posted excerpts from a debate between me, Stewart Baker, Jeff Jarvis, and Chris Soghoian on privacy. In preparation for the piece, they had us respond to a series of questions. Jeff posted the full text of his responses here. Now it's my turn. Here are the questions that …

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Accepting Inefficiencies and Different Scales of Change in Networked Environments

I didn’t know him personally, but I was saddened to read about Ilya Zhitomirskiy’s recent suicide.  I have no personal insight into his situation, the sources of his stress, or what brought him to take his life.  It’s tragic, full stop. As I was reading Gawker’s story on his death, I was struck by its implicit …

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3.75 Million Lawbreaking Parents

The Department of Justice would like the authority to put millions of American parents in prison. Don't believe me? Read on. A House Judiciary Committee hearing today considered the federal computer crime statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, known to its friends as the CFAA. Among other things, the Act punishes anyone who "exceeds …

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Microsoft Research, Social Media Postdoc Opening

The Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England (MSRNE) is looking for a social media postdoctoral researcher for next year. This position is an ideal opportunity for a scholar whose work touches on social media, internet studies, technology policy, and/or science and technology studies. Application deadline: December 12, 2011. http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/jobs/fulltime/postdoc.aspx Microsoft Research provides a …

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Why Parents Help Children Violate Facebook’s 13+ Rule

Announcing new journal article: "Why Parents Help Their Children Lie to Facebook About Age: Unintended Consequences of the 'Children's Online Privacy Protection Act'" by danah boyd, Eszter Hargittai, Jason Schultz, and John Palfrey, First Monday. "At what age should I let my child join Facebook?" This is a question that countless parents have asked my …

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