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Hello there. I'm an academic who loves to solve/cause problems.
I am a PhD candidate in Informatics at UC Irvine focusing on digital identity, social media, and human centered computing.

Projects : //

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Death and the Social Network: The Persistence of Digital Identity

What happens to your digital identity after you die? There is a growing presence of profiles on social networking sites representing individuals who are no longer alive. Post-mortem, friends use social network sites to say last goodbyes, share memories, and coordinate funereal arrangements.
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Stewarding Online Identities for the Deceased

We are exploring issues around inheritance and post-mortem data management of Facebook accounts. We are finding that people focus less on ownership of data, and instead on the duties and potential conflicts associated with maintaining accounts post-mortem. “Stewardship” is an alternative to inheritance when designing for post-mortem data management practices.
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News : //

Panel accepted to CSCW 2015: Facebooking In “Face:” Complex Identities Meet Simple Databases, with Handel, Bivens, Haimson, Lingel, and Yarosh.

December 16, 2014

Two papers accepted to CSCW’15: ‘Is to Was’, a study of posthumous Wikipedia biographies (w/ Brian Keegan) and a study of gender transition on Facebook (w/ Oliver Haimson)

October 9, 2014

Named the Robert Kling Memorial Endowed Fellow for 2014

September 1, 2014

Recipient of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing graduate award for 2014-2015

June 9, 2014

Visting Cornel Tech in NYC to share my research on stewardship of post-mortem identities

April 24, 2014

Selected as a finalist for the Facebook Fellowship! w00t!

February 28, 2014

Two papers accepted to CHI 2014 in Toronto: “Stewarding a Legacy”, a study of post-mortem data management, and “DDF Seeks Same” (w/ Oliver Haimson) a computational linguistic analysis of Craigslist personal ads.

January 5, 2014

Travel : //

Onsite at Facebook in Menlo Park, CA

November 9-13, 2014

Speaking at Illness Narratives, Networked Subjects, and Intimate Publics at NYU

November 14, 2014

Compassion Research @ Facebook Retreat

December 8, 2014

Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) 2015

March 14-18, 2015

iConference 2015

March 24-27, 2015

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