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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.

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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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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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News : //

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

Selected to participate in the Doctoral Consortium at CHI 2014 in Toronto.

December 20, 2013

Co-organizing a CHI 2015 workshop on Non-use with Eric Baumer, Morgan Ames, Jenna Burrell, and Paul Dourish. Read more:

December 1, 2013

Recipient of the National ARCS Foundation Fellowship

August 1, 2013

Two submissions accepted to Ubicomp 2013: “It takes a network to get dinner” (w/ Lynn Dombrowski) and “Detecting food type and cooking state with gas sensors during dry cooking” (w/ Sen Hirano)

May 14, 2013

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