new faces in the Social Media Collective… welcome!

In the confusion of our current times, we were not as quick about announcing the newest members of the Social Media Collective as we usually are. Like everyone, we find ourselves out of step with the timelessness of pandemic time. But as these new faces are showing up and settling in with us - on …

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New op-ed from Mary L. Gray, on the vital human labor behind contact tracing

In a new op-ed, published yesterday in The Hill, Mary L. Gray and her co-authors argue for the importance of human labor behind contact tracing and argue for a more human-centered approach in current tech strategies. As the Center for Disease Control (CDC) plans to massively scale up testing and contact-tracing for COVID-19, Gray argues …

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For hard-pressed profs and agitated grads: videos and podcasts from the Social Media Collective, suitable for online classes

Many of our colleagues in academia have had to very quickly migrate their teaching online, in response to changes made by their universities in addressing the coronavirus. This can be so much work - our hats off to everyone who has done so gracefully and ingeniously. An online course can be a lot of hours …

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SMC news: two new articles from Desmond Patton and his SafeLab team

We're thrilled that Desmond Patton, associate professor in the School of Social Work at Columbia University, is visiting us for the first half of 2020. He's a rare bird in our field, able both to explain the importance of cultural contexts in data science techniques to technical experts, and to do the important ethnographic work …

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SMC news: an essay in the new Fake News collection, and a podcast interview

A new edited collection from Melissa Zimdars and Kembrew McLeod called Fake News: Understanding Media and Misinformation in the Digital Age (published by MIT Press, with a clever cover) includes an essay from me called "Platforms Throw Content Moderation at Every Problem." It's just one of many excellent essays, I recommend you check out the …

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announcing The Digital City – a new book from Germaine Halegoua

We're happy to announce the publication of Germaine Halegoua's new book from NYU Press, The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Urban Place. (You can read an excerpt published by Flaunt Magazine, or an interview with Germaine about the book.) Five case studies from global and mid-sized cities around the world illustrate the …

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Mary Gray, new report on the future of work

Join us in congratulating Senior Principal Researcher and Social Media Collective member Mary Gray, for two achievements this week! Yesterday, the Digital Future Society released a report this week called “The Future of Work in the Digital Era: The Rise of Labour Platforms.” Mary co-authored the report with the other members of the Equitable Growth …

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Applications are due Dec. 1, for the Social Media Collective postdoc. Here’s how to apply!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2019 The Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England (MSRNE) is looking for a social media postdoctoral researcher (anticipated start date: July 2020). This position is an ideal opportunity for a scholar whose work draws on communication, media studies, anthropology, sociology, and/or science and technology studies to bring empirical and …

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PhD students studying tech+media+society! Come intern with the SMC at Microsoft Research NE, summer 2020!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 6, 2020 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 (SMC), a network of social science and humanistic researchers, spans several Microsoft Research labs. The SMC PhD interns work in the MSRNE Lab …

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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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