All illusions are potential ways of ordering reality. The goal of criticism should therefore be not to destroy illusions but to make us more sensitive to their workings and their complexity.
danah boyd is a Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder of Data & Society. Her research examines the intersection between technology and society focusing on how young people use social media as part of their everyday practices. More recently, she turned to focus on understanding how contemporary social inequities relate to technology and society more generally. She examines topics like media manipulation, the future of work, fairness and accountability in machine learning, combating bias in data, and the cultural dynamics surrounding artificial intelligence. Over the years, she has written many papers on topics related to media manipulation, algorithmic fairness, social media, privacy, teen drama/bullying, digital backchannels, and social visualization design. danah also blog and tweet frequently on a wide variety of topics.