In the News

One of the goals of our lab is to disseminate our research beyond the academy. Here are links to stories about recent work and our researchers.


Bad Behavior Online: Bullying, Trolling & Free Speech. Alice discusses online bullying practices for PBS Off Book.

OMG! Why social networking is good for teens. The Times of London profiles danah and her research (paywall).

Nancy is a featured guest on Episode 109 of Digital Music Trends, discussing Spotify, Kickstarter, and a host of other topics.

The Meme Election: Clicktivism, The Buzzfeed Effect and Corporate Meme-Jacking. Kate M. launches her semi-regular column on The Awl with co-contributor Dr. Whitney Phillips.

Timing Twitter. Kate is interviewed for a Wall Street Journal article on Twitter’s newly launched “tweets-per-minute” metric.

The Problem with Crowdsourcing Crime Reporting in the Mexican Drug War.  On readwrite, Andrés discusses some of the flawed assumptions underlying some of the proposed ideas for combating drug-related crime in Mexico.

After her research on LOLCats made its way into the international press, Kate M. became a go-to resource for all things meme related. (The Guardian, The Atlantic).

Andrés is announced as an Emerging Leader by the Boston Business Journal. Congrats,  Andrés!

Rethinking Privacy in an Era of Big Data. danah is featured in a New York Times piece on how big data is changing the nature of online privacy.

After Digg, What’s Next in News Aggregation? Kate is interviewed for a Wall Street Journal on community-based news aggregation.

Cambridge becoming social media research hub. The Boston Globe profiles SMC and talks about its place within the Boston/Cambridge research community.

Is the social web divided by race? The BBC features danah’s research on race and social networking.

In Protests and Online, a Youth Movement Seeks to Sway Mexico’s Election. The New York Times interviews  Andrés about #YoSoy132.

With Facebook’s announcement that it will open up the site to children under 13, danah’s research on COPPA is all over the news. (Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Huffington Post.)

Some teens aren’t liking Facebook as much as older users. While the “hook” of this LA Times story is that teens are leaving FB for other social media sites, Alice says “Just because teens are using other services like Twitter and Tumblr more — and they are using these services in huge amounts — doesn’t mean they’re using Facebook less.”

Teens Text More Than Adults, But They’re Still Just Teens. Daily Beast editorial by Alice & danah on how teen’s social practices may look different, but the foundations are the same as they’ve always been.

Parent Traps: Don’t monitor your kids’ Web surfing. Katie Roiphe of Slate interviews danah about common-sense parenting practices.

What Do Teens Know About Online Privacy? More Than You Think KQED investigates recent studies on teens and online privacy.

The Daily Circuit: Tweens Online. danah joins Minnesota Public Radio to discuss tween practices on the internet.

ABC Radio National: Saturday Extra. Kate joins a debate on big data.

Future Tense: Young People & Technology- Fear and Well-Being. danah appears with a panel of experts for some real talk about teen safety online.

Toll of Mexican Crime Wave, Written in Faces on the Wall.  Andrés discusses Mexican social media activism with the New York Times.

Social Networks Have Young Women Competing Against Each Other for the Best Body. A somewhat sensational piece on the dangers of Facebook tempered by some of Alice’s research on “thinspo”. (ABC News) (Also appeared on CNN)

ABC: By Design. Kate is interviewed about her book chapter “Four Ways of Listening to an iPhone: from Sound and Network Listening to Biometric Data and Geolocative Tracking” from Studying Mobile Media: Cultural Technologies, Mobile Communication, and the iPhone.

The Story of a Suicide: Two college roommates, a webcam, and a tragedy. A detailed, nuanced piece on the suicide of Tyler Clementi in The New Yorker mentions Alice & danah’s drama paper.

Cracking Teenager’s Online Codes. Awesome NYT profile of danah and her work.

Teens migrating to Twitter– Sometimes for Privacy. AP piece on teens & twitter quoting Alice Marwick.

BBC World Service: The World Today. Kate is featured as the distinguished guest for the January 29 programme.


Bullying 2.0 is more like a drama class. A nice piece in Macleans on the Marwick/boyd drama paper.

Salon magazine reprinted Tarleton Gillespie’s piece on Twitter trends originally posted here.

Bullying as True Drama: Why Cyberbullying Rhetoric Misses the Mark. danah and Alice write a New York Times editorial about their work on bullying versus drama.

Andre’s piece “Shouting Fire in a Crowded Hashtag – Narco Censorship & “Twitteroristas” is reprinted in the NYT.

Mexico murders show how Internet empowers, threatens.  Andrés Monroy-Hernandez writes a CNN editorial on his work on Twitter and the Mexican drug wars.

Mexico’s Twitter ‘terrorism’ case sparks controversy.  Andrés Monroy-Hernandez talks to CNN about the role of Twitter in Mexico’s drug war (which he first discussed on this blog!). This piece got a ton of attention.  Andrés’s work was also covered by The New York Times, the NYT’s Lede blog, CNN and the Toronto Star (in addition to the features above). Go  Andrés!

Top Researchers Inspire Interns. Our own Germaine Halegoua talks about her experience interning at SMC.

Gawker covers Andres’ award-winning ICWSM paper on 4Chan.

Technology Refusal: Nora Young from CBC’s The Spark interviews Alice Marwick about her post on technology refusal and opting out. CBC followed up with a great summary of the blog post and the interview.

Andrés appears on NPR’s Marketplace Tech Report to discuss whether Google+’s “real names only” policy makes sense.

NPR’s MindShift covers  Andrés‘ dissertation project Scratch: Teaching the Difference Between Creating and Remixing.

Alice appears on NPR’s Marketplace Tech Report to weigh in on “Myspace: What went wrong?” Clearly, NPR loves the SMC.

Silicon Valley status symbols emphasize mind over material. The LA Times talks to Alice about her dissertation on status in the tech community.

The Curious Connection Between Apps for Gay Men and Sex Offenders. Mike Ananny’s editorial for The Atlantic caused a flurry of interest in the blogosphere, as he traced lines between the supposed neutrality of algorithms and the assumptions built into technical infrastructures.

Do teens of the Facebook generation value privacy? The Seattle Post-Intelligencer discusses a new research report by danah boyd and Alice Marwick about young people’s online privacy practices.

Relationship Status: Complicated, In The Digital Age. Alice Marwick appears on WBUR, an NPR Boston affiliate, to talk about how social media is changing teenage relationships.

Adweek: Teens Hide Themselves in Plain Sight. Interview with Alice Marwick about young people’s privacy practices.

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