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danah boyd

Founder and President, Data & Society

danah boyd is the founder and President of Data & Society, a research institute focused on understanding the role of data-driven technologies in society. She is also a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Visiting Professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society. In 2014, she published a monograph on how young people use social media: “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”. Dr. boyd was selected as a 2011 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and is currently an active member. She is a director of the Crisis Text Line and on the board of trustees of theNational Museum of the American Indian. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brown University, a master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a Ph.D in Information from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a well-known blogger (zephoria.org/thoughts) and commentator.