Hwang, S. and Shaw, A. (2020) Heterogeneous practices in collective governance. Collective Intelligence 2020 (CI 2020). Boston & Copenhagen (Virtually held). [pdf]
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My research interests center around governance (very broadly construed: rules, admins, design) of online spaces on the scale of multi-community + multi-platform analyses. Right now, I'm particularly interested in the complexity of governing large-scale social computing systems, especially platforms following decentralized modes of moderation and rule enforcement like Reddit and Wikipedia.
understanding heterogeneous governance practices - The scale and lack of overarching structure on platforms such as Reddit and Wikipedia often result in sub-communities localizing their use of high-level rules (e.g. what's harassment?). Rule localization by sub-communtities provides a key mechanism by which governance operates in such decentralized spaces, but the effect of this localization remains unclear. We evalaute the extent to which shared rules diverge in practice across sub-communities to shed light on the implications of heterogeneous governance practices on regulatory effectiveness, platform accountability, and intervention possibilities.
ecologies of online communities - (NSF grant: IIS-1617468, PI: Aaron Shaw), specifically looking at "niche" communities
multi-platform information diffusion - (NSF grant: IIS-1943506, PI: Ágnes Horvát), specifically looking at evaluating information distortion across platforms + groups
covid-19 digital observatory - more information can be found here.
i'm helping organize a summer reading group to read and discuss some books + work that critically examine the role of technology and media in upholding existing systems of oppression. get in touch if you're interested! we're starting with Ruha Benjamin's "Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code".
> 2020/05 - I'll be presenting an extended abstract at CI2020.