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Posted by Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research New England
We’re thrilled to announce that three leading researchers will be joining danah boyd and the social-media research team at Microsoft Research New England, based in Cambridge, Mass.
Microsoft Research produces some of the strongest computer-science research extant. As the world changes and our business expands, there’s a much broader range of research questions we need to address beyond technology itself, including how we use that technology, why we want to use that technology, and how different cultural norms within the United States and other countries affect how we approach future technology development.
At Microsoft Research New England, we’re creating an environment where more conventional computer-science research occurs simultaneously with social-science research to reflect how people use technology. Sometimes, we need to ask why before we ask how. It can’t just be that the social scientists are figuring out the why and the technical people are figuring out the how. We need to ask those questions and find those answers together, in an iterative, socio-technical process, which converges on the development of new disciplines that inform the technology of tomorrow. With the addition of these researchers, Microsoft Research will continue to engage in fundamental research in social media to partner with other Microsoft researchers, and to collaborate with academics around the world. The research they produce promises to help shape future social-media technologies, policies, and opportunities.
The three exceptional researchers who will join danah are experts in their fields and bring a breadth of diverse experience that will help advance our lab’s social-media research and our collaboration with the academic community on these important topics:
We anticipate that the work of this world-class team of social-media researchers will inform Microsoft and the broader community regarding people's socio-technical practices.
We’ve taken great pride in the research already done by danah and her team, most recently the study published about the unintended consequences of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, highlighting how parents help children lie about their age to Facebook. This study underscored the importance of understanding the role that technology plays in society and is informing public policy in the United States.
The multidisciplinary research conducted at Microsoft Research New England extends beyond social research to economics, machine learning, computational biology, and theoretical computer science. Our lab is home to 30 leading researchers and post-docs, with 350 visiting researchers per year. We’re not aware of another group that covers the breadth of research that our team can produce, and we’re proud to employ some of the smartest minds in the world in their fields.
I hope you’ll stay connected to our work by following this blog, danah’s blog, and the Social Media Collective blog. I can assure you exciting things are ahead.
Our team has built a machine learning SDK using Microsoft technology that enables rapid detection of social network patterns and associations. We would love to share our early proto-type with your team. More information at http://www.ai-one.com
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