The incoming 2019 summer interns for the Social Media Collective!

The SMC internship doesn't just bring us bright students, eager to take on original research projects and be part of the SMC and MSRNE community for the summer. It certainly does that. But it also makes us grow - we get blown open every time we welcome such a startling range of people, of topics, …

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Now hiring: Research Assistant position at Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK)

Check out this great opportunity to work with our colleague Sean Rintel in the MSR UK lab! ... The Human Experience & Design group is seeking a Research Assistant to support work on communication technology projects, with a focus on video-mediated communication. This is a 12-month full-time position on-site in Cambridge, UK. This is an …

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MSRNE is seeking postdocs… social media scholars are encouraged to apply!

This year our Microsoft Research, New England lab is seeking to fill an open postdoctoral line - for which social media candidates are eligible. We strongly encourage applicants with expertise that complements those of the Social Media Collective, and that bridges between our interests and other areas of our lab (economics, ICT4D, machine learning and …

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The call! 2019 summer internships with the MSR Social Media Collective

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 18, 2019 Microsoft Research New England (MSRNE) is looking for advanced PhD students to join the Social Media Collective (SMC) for its 12-week Internship program. The Social Media Collective (in New England, we are Nancy Baym, Tarleton Gillespie, and Mary Gray, with current postdoc Elena Maris) bring together empirical and critical perspectives to …

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Welcome our new SMC postdoc, Elena Maris!

We're thrilled to announce our newest postdoc in the Social Media Collective, based in the New England lab of Microsoft Research! Elena Maris, University of Pennsylvania Elena received her Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines the ways media/tech industries and audiences work to influence …

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Congratulations to the incoming SMC interns for summer 2018!

Another stellar crop of applicants poured in for the SMC internships this year, and another three emerged as the best of the best. Thanks to everyone who applied, it was painful not to accept more of you! For summer 2018, we're thrilled to have these three remarkable students joining us in the Microsoft Research lab …

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Call for applications! 2018 summer internship, MSR Social Media Collective

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 19, 2018 Microsoft Research New England (MSRNE) is looking for advanced PhD students to join the Social Media Collective (SMC) for its 12-week Internship program. The Social Media Collective (in New England, we are Nancy Baym, Tarleton Gillespie, and Mary Gray, with current postdocs Dan Greene and Dylan Mulvin) bring together empirical and …

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Facebook Trending: It’s made of people!! (but we should have already known that)

Gizmodo has released two important articles (1, 2) about the people who were hired to manage Facebook's "Trending" list. The first reveals not only how Trending topics are selected and packaged on Facebook, but also the peculiar working conditions this team experienced, the lack of guidance or oversight they were provided, and the directives they …

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New Report Released: Few Legal Remedies for Victims of Online Harassment

For the last year, I've been working with Fordham's Center on Law and Information Policy to research what legal remedies are available to victims of online harassment. We investigated cyberharassment law, cyberstalking law, defamation law, hate speech, and cyberbullying statutes. We found that although online harassment and hateful speech is a significant problem, there are …

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Video: TL Taylor on Pro Gaming, Live Streaming & Spectatorship

  Current and future visitor TL Taylor spoke last week at the Berkman Luncheon series on "Live Streaming, Computer Games, and the Future of Spectatorship." Computer gaming has long been a social activity, complete with forms of spectatorship. With the growth of live-streaming the boundaries of audience are shifting. Professional e-sports players and amateurs alike …

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