Joan Donovan

Media Manipulation/Platform Accountability Research Lead

After completing her PhD in Sociology and Science Studies at the University of California San Diego, Joan Donovan 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. At Data and Society, she is the project lead on media manipulation. 


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Press Coverage

Events
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
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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