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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Did Media Literacy Backfire?

Anxious about the widespread consumption and spread of propaganda and fake news during this year’s election cycle, many progressives are calling for an increased commitment to media literacy programs. Others are clamoring for solutions that focus on expert fact-checking and labeling. Both of these approaches are likely to fail — not because they are bad ideas, but […]

Are We Training Our Students to be Robots?

Excited about the possibility that he would project his creativity onto paper, I handed my 1-year-old son a crayon. He tried to eat it. I held his hand to show him how to draw, and he broke the crayon in half. I went to open the door and when I came back, he had figured […]

How Can We Help Miguel?

[Written for DML Central. More comments there.] One of the hardest parts of doing fieldwork is hearing difficult, nuanced stories that break my heart. The more complicated the story, the harder it is to tell, but I feel a responsibility to at least try. Given how many educational reformists read this blog, I want to […]

am I an academic?

academia (n.): The academic world or community; scholastic life. academic (n.): 1) An ancient philosopher of the Academy. 2) A member of a college or university. 3) A member of a society for promoting art or science At every academic conference I attend, I hear a constant refrain: “How does it feel to have left […]

some thoughts on technophilia

help me find innovative practitioners who address online safety issues

education and Skywalker Ranch