UTW Episode 10: Eszter Hargittai

Digital inequality in Web use

Our guest for this episode (28 min. long) is Eszter Hargittai, who is a professor and holds the chair of the Internet Use and Society in the Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich,  where she also heads the Web Use project research group. She’s also one of the most cited web science researchers in the world. Her research focuses on the social and policy implications of digital media, especially how differences in people’s web skills and digital literacy influence what they do online. 

UTW Episode 9: Deen Freelon

Identity and the Web

Our guest for this episode (29 min. long) is Deen Freelon, an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  His research ranges from political expression through digital media to data science to computational methods. He has also served as principal investigator on grants from the Knight Foundation, the Spencer Foundation and the US Institute of Peace. Not only does Deen make intellectual contributions to the fields of web science, communication studies, and more, but he also focuses on engaging and helping the general public with his insights.

UTW Episode 8: Alex “Sandy” Pentland

Data and Privacy

In this episode (25 min. long), we talk with Alex “Sandy” Pentland, who is one of the most cited web scholars at the crossroads of web science, network science, and computational social science. He’s a professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, directs the MIT Connection Science Research Initiative, and heads MIT’s Human Dynamics Group, among other accomplishments. His work has pioneered organizational engineering, wearable computing, modern biometrics, and more.

UTW Episode 7: Gina Neff

Work and the Web

In this episode (22 min. long), we talk with Gina Neff, whose work focuses on…work! No, that’s not a typo — she’s actually a sociologist who studies how web-based technologies are shaping the changing nature of work. Gina is a professor of Technology & Society at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford, and has published three well-acclaimed books. 

UTW Episode 6: Brooke Foucault Welles

Hashtag Activism and #WebScience

Our guest for this episode (19 min. long) is Brooke Foucault Welles. She recently co-authored the award-winning book, #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice. Brooke studies how online communication networks enable and constrain behavior, with particular emphasis on how these networks both enhance and mitigate marginalization.