Mike Ananny is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, an Affiliated Faculty with USC’s Science, Technology and Society research cluster, and co­leader of the Civic Paths research group. He studies the public significance and sociotechnical dynamics of networked news infrastructures, focusing on how they encode journalistic values and normative theories of the press.

He has held fellowships and scholarships with Harvard’s Berkman Center on Internet and Society, Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the LEGO Corporation, and Interval Research. He was a founding member of Media Lab Europe’s research staff, a postdoc with Microsoft Research’s Social Media Collective, and has worked or consulted for LEGO, Mattel, and Nortel Networks. His PhD is from Stanford University (Communication), SM from the MIT Media Lab (Media Arts & Sciences), and BSc from the University of Toronto (Human Biology & Computer Science). He has published in a variety of venues including Critical Studies in Media Communication, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, First Monday, American Behavioral Scientist, Television & New Media, Digital Journalism, and the proceedings of the ACM’s conferences on Computer­Human Interaction and Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. Heiswritingabookonpressfreedomandapublicrighttohearintheageofnetworkedjournalism(under contract with MIT Press).

Karrie Karahalios (primary contact person) is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-­Champaign where she heads the Social Spaces Group. Her work focuses on the interaction between people and the social cues they emit and perceive in face­to­face and mediated electronic spaces. Her work is informed by communication studies, sociology, art&design, computer science, linguistics, and psychology. Of particular interest are interfaces for public online and physical gathering spaces such as Twitter, chatrooms, cafes, parks, etc. Research projects range from studying tie strength between people to encouraging vocalization through visualization. A major theme in the work is to create interfaces that enable users to perceive conversational patterns that are present, but not obvious, in traditional communication interfaces. Her PhD (Media Arts and Sciences), MS (Media Arts and Sciences), MEng (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and SB (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) are from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the A. Richard Newton Breakthrough Research Award and the Faculty Early­Career Development Award from the US National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER) in the area of human­centered computing to better understand and visualize relationship and conversation dynamics.

Christian Sandvig is Steelcase Research Professor and Associate Professor in both the Department of Communication Studies and the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He is also a faculty associate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Sandvig is a social scientist studying the implications of the algorithmic curation of culture. He is also a computer programmer with industry experience in the Fortune 500, government, and a start­up. He holds the MA and PhD in Communication Research from Stanford University (2002) and received the US National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early­Career Development Award (NSF CAREER) in the area of human­centered computing. Sandvig was previously named a “next­generation leader” in technology policy by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published and presented in a variety of venues, including ICWSM (previous honorable mention), ACM CHI (best paper), ICA (top paper), TPRC (first prize), and AEJMC (top paper). His research has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, New Scientist, National Public Radio, and CBS News. He previously organized a related experimental session at AoIR in 2014.

Christo Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. His current research focus is on understanding the types of data that online entities track about individuals, and how this data is used to personalize content on the Web. His current work in this space has examined personalization on major search engines, as well as price discrimination and price steering on major e­commerce and travel websites. He completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara under the direction of Ben Y. Zhao in 2012. Professor Wilson received a Best Paper: Honorable Mention award at SIGCOMM 2011, and his work has been featured on CBS Nightly News, Scientific American, NPR Marketplace, MIT Technology Review, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe.


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