Kate Crawford


Thinking about data

Kate Crawford is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, a Visiting Professor at MIT's Center for Civic Media, and a Senior Fellow at NYU's Information Law Institute. Her research addresses the social impacts of big data, and she's currently writing a new book on data and power with Yale University Press.

She is on the advisory boards of the Information Program at George Soros' Open Society Foundation, The New Museum's art and technology incubator NEW INC, and several academic journals including Big Data and Society. In 2013, she was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio fellow, where she worked on issues to do with big data, ethics and communities. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Data for Development, and a co-director of the Council for Big Data, Ethics & Society.

Apart from the academic stuff, Kate has also written for The Atlantic, The New York Times and The New Inquiry. More on that below.

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'More Awesome Than Money,' by Jim Dwyer

Kate Crawford in The New York Times on Jim Dwyer's new book on Diaspora, idealism and technology.

When Fitbit Is The Expert Witness

Wearable device data is now being used in courtrooms. Kate Crawford article considering the ramifications in The Atlantic.

Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society

Member of the Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society, an initiative of the new Data & Society Research Institute.

The Anxieties of Big Data

Here's a recent essay by Kate for The New Inquiry on the twin anxieties of the surveillers and the surveilled (aka "From Squeaky Dolphin to Normcore").

Reporting Abuse Online is Broken

The Atlantic reports on recent research paper by Kate Crawford and Tarleton Gillespie, "What is a Flag For? Social Media Reporting Tools and the Vocabulary of Complaint" (New Media & Society, 2014).

Who Shapes the News You Read?

NiemanLab article by Mike Annanny and Kate Crawford on research into news app design and how software engineers are shaping contemporary news.