danah boyd is the founder and president of Data & Society, a research institute focused on understanding the role of data-driven technologies in society. She is also a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Visiting Professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society.
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ABOUT danah

  • Author of "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens" and "Participatory Culture in a Networked Age"

  • 2011 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum

  • Member of the Council on Foreign Relations

  • Director of both Crisis Text Line and Social Science Research Council; Trustee of Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian


  • "danah boyd’s SXSW keynote is sold out. When it’s over, a dozen fans rush the stage. These fans aren’t young groupies hoping to get a closer glimpse at their favorite rock star, but full-grown adults hoping to hear one more word from boyd. She’s one of the world’s sharpest authorities on how teens interact with technology, and for many, her word has become canon for understanding why teens do what they do."

    Ellis Hamburger

    The Verge