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book cover My entry “Social Power” is now published in the Encyclopedia of Social Networks (Sage, 2011). “This two-volume reference work is a must-have resource for libraries serving researchers interested in the various fields related to social networks.”



My chapter “Regimes of Sharing” is available in the critical reader on Facebook, Generation Facebook: Über das Leben im Social Net (Verlag, 2011). The German-language volume, which received favourable reviews in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) (p. 22),  the blog and other media, contains contributions from international authors who develop a comprehensive and critical perspective on the role and nature of Facebook, which spans the range from media studies to cultural studies and the humanities.


My paper “Upholding Online Anonymity in Internet Governance” was delivered at at GigaNet Sixth Annual Symposium. United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya, September 26. The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) is an emerging scholarly community initiated in conjunction with the UN Internet Governance Forum.


“Regimes of Sharing: Open APIs, Interoperability, and Facebook” can be found in the fourth Association of Internet Researchers special issue of Information, Communication & Society 14(3) (2011). The paper looks closely at the privacy implications of sharing among social media and third party websites, especially the attempts by Facebook to achieve interoperability at the cost of maintaining users’ fixed online identities.


My chapter “Social Learning with Social Media: Expanding and Extending the Communication Studies Classroom” appears in Teaching Arts and Science with the New Social Media (Emerald Publishing Group, 2011). In this chapter I look at how the affordances of social media, specifically class blogs (WordPress) and microblogs (Twitter) together, can help achieve social learning. Strategies and best practices are explored to address how social media can be utilized by educators to accommodate the heterogeneity of digital learners and engage new styles of learning.


“Privacy and Participation in the Cloud: Ethical Implications of Google’s Privacy Practices and Public Communications” appears in The Ethics of Emerging Media: Information, Social Norms, and New Media Technology in March (Continuum, 2011). “This collection provides a rare opportunity to ask how emerging media affect the ethical choices in our lives and the lives of people across the globe.”


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My presentation “The ethics of online anonymity” was delivered at CEPE 2011 – Crossing Boundaries: Ethics in Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Relations, hosted by the School of Information Studies (UW-Milwaukee) and the Center for Information Policy Research (UW-Milwaukee) in May 2011. “The CEPE (Computer Ethics Philosophical Enquiry) conference series is recognized as one of the premier international events on computer and information ethics attended by delegates from all over the world.”

The co-authored with Lisa Wagner, “Enlightened Homophobia: The Implications of Anti-Gay Hate Speech in Online Social Networks” was presented at Digital/Media, Race, Affect and Labor conference hosted by the American Cultural Studies Program at Bowling Green State University in April 2011.

Transcripts and slides from my talk, “Opening the social media ecosystem: the tenuous nature of interoperability, crossposting, and sharing among dominant social media sites, services and devices” at the 11th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) – “Sustainability, Participation, Action,” Gothenburg, Sweden.

“Social Networks as International Platforms” is published in the Special Issue, “Making the net work” of the Journal of International Communication 16, 2 (August-September 2010). In this paper I evaluate dominant trends in social network services (SNSs) and theorize how human rights and cross-cultural ethics might be embedded into the technical design of new and existing online social networks.

Internet Governance Project Award
“Social Media and Global Internet Governance: Innovations and Limitations” has been awarded “The 2009 Giganet Scholarship Award”, granted by the Internet Governance Project, intended to promote participation and scholarly work in Internet governance. The paper explores and assesses the potential for democratic participation in Internet governance using social media sites and services.

Social Media and Global Internet Governance: Innovations and Limitations” was presented at the 2009 GigaNet Symposium, prior to the Internet Governance Forum November 14 in Sharm-el Sheikh, Egypt. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) supports “the United Nations Secretary-General in carrying out the mandate from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with regard to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue.”

The GigaNet Annual Symposium “is an opportunity to showcase some of the best current research on Internet Governance from around the world and provides a venue for scholars to discuss and debate these crucial issues.” The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) is a “scholarly community which aims: (i) to promote the development of Internet Governance as a recognized interdisciplinary field of study and (ii) to facilitate the informed dialogue on policy and issues in a multi-stakeholder approach.”
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