danah boyd

danah boyd is a social scientist at Microsoft Research and a research associate at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In her research, she examines everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth participation. Lately, she has been focused on issues related to privacy, publicity, and visibility. She recently co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. She is currently co-directing the Youth and Media Policy Working Group, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She blogs at http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/ and tweets at @zephoria.

What Anti-Trafficking Advocates Can Learn from Sex Workers

For the last year, I've been trying to get my head around different aspects of human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of minors. I've been meeting with a variety of relevant actors, including anti-trafficking advocates, law enforcement officers, researchers, and sex workers. I've talked with survivors and buyers, observed online traces, and scoured the literature. ...more
Thank you so much! I helped in the fight for the decriminalization of sex work in Australia - we ...more

The Power of Youth: How Invisible Children Orchestrated Kony 2012

To many people unfamiliar with Invisible Children, the Kony 2012 campaign looked like a brilliant example of "viral" media spread. But how did it work? ...more
This is an excellent example of why people need to seek out information about stories geared to ...more

Stop the Cycle of Bullying: Dharun Ravi Webcam Trial Begins

On 22 September 2010, the wallet of Tyler Clementi -- a gay freshman at Rutgers University -- was found on the George Washington Bridge; his body was found in the Hudson River the following week. His roommate, Dharun Ravi, was charged with 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, and tampering with witnesses and evidence tampering. Ravi pleaded not guilty. Ravi's trial officially begins this week, but in the court of public opinion, he has already been convicted. This is a terrible irony, since the case itself is about bullying. ...more
Actually, the prosecution has to prove he is guilty. They have the burden of proof. Everyone is ...more

Are Librarians Encouraging Libraries to Abide by COPPA?

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was created to prevent corporations from collecting data about children without parental permission. This law explicitly does not apply to public institutions, non-profits, and government agencies. Yet, many public institutions not only choose not to collect data about children; they forbid children from accessing information without parental permission. Much to my surprise, this includes many public libraries....more
I'm pretty sure long before COPPA, libraries were requiring parental permission for kids to get ...more

How Parents Normalized Teen Password Sharing

In 2005, I started asking teenagers about their password habits. My original set of questions focused on teens' attitudes about giving their password to their parents, but I quickly became enamored with teens' stories of sharing passwords with friends and significant others. So I was ecstatic when Pew Internet & American Life Project decided to survey teens about their password sharing habits. Pew found that one third of online 12-17 year olds share their password with a friend or significant other and that almost half of those 14-17 do. I love when data gets reinforced....more
@dj4am Thanks vr link ! Goeie invalshoek: veel kids die aan ouders hun paswoord (moeten) ...more

We Need to Talk about Piracy (But We Must Stop SOPA First)

Much to my happiness, the internets are in a frenzy about the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (aka SOPA) and a similar bill: "PROTECT IP Act." There's a lot to these bills - and the surrounding furor - and I'm not going to go into it, but I recommend reading the actual bill and Open Congress info, the Wikipedia article, EFF's blog, and the various links at Stop American Censorship...more
https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/ is one petition going around. Also, worth checking ...more

Four Difficult Questions Regarding Bullying and Youth Suicide

Over the last couple of years, I've laid awake at night asking myself uncomfortable questions about bullying and teen suicide. I don't have answers to most of the questions that I have, but I'm choosing to voice my questions, fears, and doubts because I'm not confident that our war on bullying is taking us down the right path. I'm worried about the unintended consequences of our public discourse and I'm worried about the implications that our decisions have on youth, particularly in this high-stakes arena. ...more
Phrased wonderfully - And I agree with the stranger danger question. We need to teach youth ...more

Why Parents Help Children Violate Facebook's 13+ Rule

"At what age should I let my child join Facebook?" This is a question that countless parents have asked my collaborators and me. Often, it's followed by the following: "I know that 13 is the minimum age to join Facebook, but is it really so bad that my 12-year-old is on the site?"...more
I was very nervous about my kids using facebook at first...then I discovered they and their ...more

The Unintended Consequences of Cyberbullying Rhetoric

We all know that teen bullying - both online and offline - has devastating consequences. Jamey Rodemeyer's suicide is a tragedy. He was tormented for being gay. He knew he was being bullied and he regularly talked about the fact that he was being bullied. Online, he even wrote: "I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?" The fact that he could admit that he was being tormented coupled with the fact that he asked for help and folks didn't help him should be a big wake-up call. We have a problem. ...more
@Terri I'm so sorry. Really so very sorry. - Denisemore

Censoring Craigslist: Bad for Prostitutes, Good for Pimps

For the last 12 years, I've dedicated immense amounts of time, money and energy to end violence against women and children. As a victim of violence myself, I'm deeply committed to destroying any institution or individual leveraging the sex-power matrix that results in child trafficking, nonconsensual prostitution, domestic violence and other abuses. If I believed that censoring Craigslist would achieve these goals, I'd be the first in line to watch them fall. But from the bottom of my soul and the depths of my intellect, I believe that the current efforts to censor Craigslist's "adult services" achieves the absolute opposite. Rather than helping those who are abused, it fundamentally helps pimps, human traffickers and others who profit off of abusing others. ...more