My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder/president of Data & Society. Buzzwords in my world include: privacy, context, youth culture, social media, big data. I use this blog to express random thoughts about whatever I'm thinking.

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HICSS: Persistent Conversations

HICSS may look like a boondoggle (it is, afterall, in Hawaii) but one of the reasons that i keep applying to it is because the Persistent Conversation track has amazing researchers interested in visualization, social technologies and privacy. The track is meant to bring together people interested in the implications of persistent, archivable, searchable data surrounding communication. What do you do with it? How do you study it?

Anyhow, the abstract deadline is March 31 (abstract – 250 words). If you have research that you need to write up, consider applying to HICSS: Persistent Conversations Minitrack. In addition to good research, there is still a beautiful beach.

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7 comments to HICSS: Persistent Conversations

  • hmm.. my advisor and I were trying to figure out if this was a decent place to be. (he claims certain tracks at HICSS seemed to be filled with people more interested in the beach than the research).

    but the description of the minitrack is *perfect* for my work. and your kind words make it seem it worthwhile… so maybe a winter break in hawaii can be arranged?

  • Thanks for the pr danah!

    Adam: Your advisor is quite possibly right about some parts of HICSS, but it’s useful to know that HICSS feels a lot more like a couple dozen small conferences under one roof, than a single one — and thus the quality and nature varies enormously.

    You can take a peek at the content of past persistent conversation minitracks at

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  • hi, i actually just stumbled across your blog when the site i use was down (crazylife, a take off of livejournal), and i began wondering about the differences in online blog sites. I’m very interested in the pyschology of the internet, as my entire social group basically lives through our journals (fights, gossip, parties, you name it). i’m looking foward to reading some of your papers, and i might share them with my friends. I’m glad someone is looking into this.

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  • so the likelihood i’ll get in is absolutely zero, but i submitted an iteration of my current project anyway.

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