Founder and President of the Board, Data & Society; Partner Researcher, Microsoft

danah boyd

danah boyd examines sociotechnical vulnerabilities at the interstices of technology and society in an effort to remedy structural inequities

danah boyd is the founder and president of Data & Society, a partner researcher at Microsoft Research, and a visiting professor at New York University. Her research is focused on making certain that society has a nuanced understanding of the relationship between technology and society, especially as issues of inequity and bias emerge. She is the author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, and has authored or co-authored numerous books, articles, and essays. She is a trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian, a director of the Social Science Research Council, and a director of Crisis Text Line. She has been recognized by numerous organizations, including receiving the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer/Barlow Award and being selected as a 2011 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Originally trained in computer science before retraining under anthropologists, danah has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Information.


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  • event
    Data & Society
    Joe Mulhall, senior researcher at European anti-extremism NGO HOPE not hate, explores how the international far right is leveraging the current climate crisis. Mulhall focuses specifically on networked disinformation and... Read more
    December 2019
  • event
    Technologist and digital media scholar An Xiao Mina provides a global exploration of internet memes as agents of pop culture, politics, protest, and propaganda on- and offline. Based on her new book, Memes to Movements: How the... Read more
    January 2019
  • podcast
    The Ezra Klein Show
    D&S founder danah boyd discusses machine learning algorithms and prejudice, digital white flight on social media, trust in the media, and more on The Ezra Klein Show. "Technology is made by people in a society, and it has ... Read on The Ezra Klein Show
    June 2017
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