Panelists added to danah boyd social media talk

social media expert danah boyd

Social media expert danah boyd

One of the leading thinkers in social media is coming to the School of Information this fall for the John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society. danah boyd, a social media researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, will speak on “Youth-Generated Culture: Growing Up in an Era of Social Media” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. The presentation — open to the public — will be in the Blau Auditorium, R1100 Ross School of Business (Tappan and Monroe Streets).

This provocative, free talk is sponsored by the School of Information with a generous gift from John Seely Brown. Anyone interested in understanding social media is encouraged to attend. In describing her planned talk, boyd says that whether on social networking sites, texting, or blogging, youth leverage the power of social media to create, communicate, share, and learn.

The speaker will focus primarily on how American teenagers navigate the world of social media as a part of everyday life, with an eye toward privacy, sociality, and learning. She will also discuss the costs and challenges of unequal access and the complications that occur when social stratification is reproduced in digital environments.

A panel discussion and a reception will follow the talk. Panelists will be Ed Vielmetti, a blogger and social media commentator at; Cliff Lampe (Ph.D. ’06), an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University; and Libby Hemphill, a visiting scholar at the Arizona State
University School of Public Affairs and a research fellow at SI. Professor Paul Resnick will moderate.

The centerpiece of the symposium is the John Seely Brown Lecture, which is supported by a gift from John Seely Brown (a.k.a. “JSB”). Brown is an alumnus of U-M, having earned an MS in mathematics in 1964 and a Ph.D. in computer and communication sciences in 1972. He has been a strong supporter of SI for a number of years.

Additional details about the current and past JSB symposia are available.

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