Joan Donovan

Director of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at Harvard Kennedy’s Shorenstein Center

Joan Donovan is the director of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at Harvard Kennedy’s Shorenstein Center. After completing her PhD in Sociology and Science Studies at the University of California San Diego, Joan was a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, where she researched white supremacists’ use of DNA ancestry tests, social movements, and technology. For several years, Joan has conducted action research with different networked social movements in order to map and improve the communication infrastructures built by protesters. In her role as a participant, she identifies information bottlenecks, decodes algorithmic behavior, and connects organizations with other like-minded networks. From 2017-18, she was the Data & Society project lead on media manipulation. 


Press Coverage

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
Aug 11, 2018
Activism, Algorithms, and Accountability – STS in Practice
Sep 01, 2018
What is the Fate of Platforms?
Oct 12, 2018
Digital Extremism: Understanding and Confronting the Alt-right’s Digital Toolkit
Apr 04, 2018
Between Likes and Lies: The Battle Against Media Manipulation
May 14, 2018
Jul 05, 2018
The Circle of HOPE
Jul 20, 2018
Reality Jamming
Sep 29, 2017
From One Drop to One Percent: Impact of DNA Ancestry Tests on the Worldview of White Supremacists
Jan 17, 2018

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