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

Joan Donovan

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. 

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    Databites
    In Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities.     Data discrimination... Read more
    May 2018
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    Databites
    "Fake news” isn’t exactly new: Tabloids have long hawked alien baby photos and Elvis sightings. Many have thus argued that fake news—propaganda, misinformation, and conspiracy theories—have always existed, and therefore require... Read more
    February 2018
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