My research focuses on ethics and policy for the design of information technologies, systems, and collections.
I lead the Ethics & Values in Design (EViD) Lab at the UMD iSchool. My work has been supported by multiple awards from the U.S. National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER award.
I received a B.A. from Oberlin College, a Master of Library and Information Science from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA.
I teach courses in design, technology and data ethics, and information policy.
Please visit the Ethics & Values in Design (EViD) Lab
site for detailed project information.
- PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research
- Studying changing practices and emerging ethical norms among big data researchers, data subjects, and regulators to provide guidance for ethical use of pervasive data. With a six-institution team of researchers. More information about the project can be found on the PERVADE website.
- The Development of Research Ethics Governance Projects in Computer Science
- Computing researchers are currently revising ethics codes, writing new ethics guidelines, forming new ethics committees within conferences and professional associations, dictating ethics requirements for funding, and proposing new ethics requirements for publications. This project characterizes and evaluates historical, ongoing, and emerging ethics governance projects within computer science. By creating a recent history of computing governance during this active period of questioning, the project will appraise and evaluate current efforts, and recommend best practices for computing research governance. With Megan Finn .
- Learning Code(s): Community-Centered Design of Automated Content Moderation
- Online platforms increasingly enforce complex speech and content policies to encourage participation and prevent hate speech and extremism. Balancing free speech and equality online is not only a thorny social problem debated by platforms and legislators, but also a problem negotiated every day by a (volunteer and paid) workforce of online moderators. This project uses participatory design with volunteer moderators to build machine learning tools to support healthier online communities, enable better working conditions for online moderators, and create more flexible software responses to community policies and norms. With Sarah Gilbert, Hal Daume, and Michelle Mazurek.
- Privacy Influencers and Narratives
- Analyzing scholarly, media, public, and legislative discourses about privacy and data protection to reveal how definitions, implementations, and social importance of privacy are changing, and who is influencing those changes. This effort is part of a larger privacy influence project led by Frauke Kreuter .