“The Cleaners,” commercial content moderation documentary, airs on PBS’s Independent Lens

UPDATE: The Cleaners is currently available for streaming for US audiences. At long last, The Cleaners makes its American wide-release début! The documentary film, first released this January at the Sundance film festival and making appearances at Hot Docs, Human Rights Watch Film Festival and other festivals around the world, will air tonight on the… Continue reading “The Cleaners,” commercial content moderation documentary, airs on PBS’s Independent Lens

No, YouTube is not a library – and why it matters

Last week, en route to deliver a keynote at the 11th annual #libtech2018 conference at Macalester College, I came across a tweet reporting out on YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki's remarks at sxsw, as transcribed by a Twitter user. Among other things, she claimed that a great model for describing what YouTube is is, in fact,… Continue reading No, YouTube is not a library – and why it matters

New article: Digital detritus: ‘Error’ and the logic of opacity in social media content moderation

Announcing a new article on the politics of commercial content moderation: Digital detritus: 'Error' and the logic of opacity in social media content moderation. This article is part of a special issue of First Monday devoted to gender and digital labor, edited by Carolyn Elerding, Roopika Risam and Radhika Gajjala. The issue also features contributions from… Continue reading New article: Digital detritus: ‘Error’ and the logic of opacity in social media content moderation

Spotlight on “Analog Gaming in Libraries”

ubiquity75 "I had an empty shelf when I started this class and now it's full of games." --student in #lis9371 Analog Games in Libraries @westernuFIMS 2/26/16, 3:50 PM This term, students in FIMS' Master's in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program have the opportunity to participate in a new class I am teaching, offered as… Continue reading Spotlight on “Analog Gaming in Libraries”

Pix or It Didn’t Happen: It’s on You to Prove Your Abuse

I came across a disturbing case from the Languedoc region of France today, while perusing headlines on Salon.com.  A 14 year-old girl who had been repeatedly victimized sexually by her father had reportedly caught the abuse by employing her computer's webcam. The key to the most disturbing aspects of this extremely upsetting story lies in… Continue reading Pix or It Didn’t Happen: It’s on You to Prove Your Abuse

NPR’s All Things Considered: Commercial Content Moderation (CCM) and the Internet Shadows

Greetings to all listeners who just heard the interview with me on today's All Things Considered. If you'd like to learn more about CCM and my research about the practice and people who do it, please hop over to this page for an overview and detailed discussion. For those who missed the story, you may… Continue reading NPR’s All Things Considered: Commercial Content Moderation (CCM) and the Internet Shadows

Congratulations to Dr. Miriam Sweeney!

Hearty congratulations to Dr. Miriam Sweeney, on the successful passage of her dissertation defense, "Not Just a Pretty (Inter) Face: A Critical Analysis of Microsoft's 'Ms. Dewey'", at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS). Dr. Sweeney is an Assistant Professor at SLIS, University of Alabama. The defense was lively,… Continue reading Congratulations to Dr. Miriam Sweeney!

IAMCR 13 in Dublin – A Report from Our Panel

It's been a whirlwind of a week in Dublin, Ireland, as I've been visiting with colleagues and participating in IAMCR13. The conference has been time well spent, with a critical mass of critical media and communications scholars assembled in one place to talk about very real issues. At the fore has been that of continued… Continue reading IAMCR 13 in Dublin – A Report from Our Panel

Transition: Joining FIMS at the University of Western Ontario

The time has come for me to share some big news. I am honored and thrilled to report that I will be joining the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) at the University of Western Ontario, at the rank of Assistant Professor, this summer. Thanks to all who supported me through this process. I… Continue reading Transition: Joining FIMS at the University of Western Ontario

NCSA Mosaic is 20

Today, the IEEE Computer Society reported, via its Facebook page, on the 20th anniversary of NCSA Mosaic. This web browser, developed at the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications, was distributed free of charge and its GUI interface was largely credited with sparking widespread interest in the Web. As I reflect on my… Continue reading NCSA Mosaic is 20