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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Harassment by Q&A: Initial Thoughts on

(This was written for the Digital Media and Learning Project.) Questions-and-answers have played a central role in digital bonding since the early days of Usenet.  Teenagers have consistently co-opted quizzes and surveys and personality tests to talk about themselves with those around them.  They’ve hosted guest books and posted bulletins to create spaces for questions […]

when research is de-contextualized

“Significance of Social Software” in BlogTalks Reloaded

Twitter questions (curiosity is killing me…)

about those walled gardens

December social software events

number games and social software

from architecture to urban planning: technology development in a networked age

Cluster Effects and Browser Support (IE-only social software is idiotic)

anti-social networks legislation