“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

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

A Letter to Evanston Public Library on the Cancellation of Ali Abunimah’s Book Talk

EDITED - I posted a follow-up to this letter on 8/4. This morning, I learned of a disturbing situation unfolding in the northern Chicago suburbs - the backyard, it's worth noting, of the American Library Association. According to accounts by the Electronic Intifiada's Ali Abunimah, his upcoming book talk there, scheduled by an Evanston community… Continue reading A Letter to Evanston Public Library on the Cancellation of Ali Abunimah’s Book Talk

“How about a nice game of chess?” An Interview with Stephanie Ricker Schulte, author of “Cached”

Sarah T. Roberts: Stephanie, thanks so much for taking time to talk with the HASTAC community about your excellent new book, Cached: Decoding the Internet in Popular Culture. I think this book will speak to many different kinds of people involved with HASTAC, given its interdisciplinary nature and its locus at the intersection of policy, history,… Continue reading “How about a nice game of chess?” An Interview with Stephanie Ricker Schulte, author of “Cached”