avatarTarleton Gillespie

Principal researcher at Microsoft Research, New England; adjunct associate professor in the Department of Communication and Department of Information Science, Cornell University. @TarletonG



free download of Postigo, The Digital Rights Movement (MIT Press, 2012)

If you’re interested in the research of Culture Digitally co-founder Hector Postigo, his excellent book The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright (MIT press, 2012) has just been made available as free, downloadable PDF – unencumbered by DRM and protected under a CC-BY license, of course. So, if you are interested […]

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Facebook’s improved “Community Standards” still can’t resolve the central paradox

On March 16, Facebook updated its “Community Standards,” in ways that were both cosmetic and substantive. The version it replaced, though it had enjoyed minor updates, had been largely the same since at least 2011. The change comes on the heels of several other sites making similar adjustments to their own policies, including Twitter, YouTube, Blogger, […]

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CFP: “Cultural and Political Impacts of Digital and Social Media”, HICSS 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS and Reviewers Mini-track on “Cultural and Political Impacts of Digital and Social Media” Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 49) Grand Hyatt, Kauai January 5-8, 2016 Description: We seek submissions that address the cultural and political impacts of digital and social media (DSM) technologies. In particular, we are interested in exploring […]

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Hector Postigo, on the “architectures of digital labor” on YouTube

Glad to circulate a new essay from Culture Digitally co-founder Hector Postigo, it’s an excellent read. It is now available in the “online first” section of New Media & Society. Hector Postigo, “The socio-technical architecture of digital labor: Converting play into YouTube money.” New Media & Society (2014)   This article uses the case of video […]

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Facebook’s algorithm — why our assumptions are wrong, and our concerns are right

Many of us who study new media, whether we do so experimentally or qualitatively, our data big or small, are tracking the unfolding debate about the Facebook “emotional contagion” study, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. The research, by Kramer, Guillory, and Hancock, argued that small shifts in the emotions […]

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