What we do

The Data & Society Program at Arizona State University's New College helps promote a critical understanding of the ethical uses of social data, automation, and artificial intelligence, through leading-edge research, collaboration with a range of communities, and educating professionals and researchers.

Research

Our research is transdisciplinary, drawing on data science approaches to understanding social systems, applying social theory to understand how data is used and misused in society, and helping form practices and policies the promote the liberation of knowledge and people.

Collaboration

We work with faculty and students from across ASU to build a common understanding of how social data science can and should be used in a range of fields and professions. Our work is done in the context of multiple communities and publics, locally and globally.

Learning

Through our online Master's program and courses and workshops for students, professionals, and wider community, we foster mastery of the theories and tools that allow us to understand and to change the networked society.

Recent Research

The Data & Society Program produces a broad range of research related to datafication and social change. Links to more research can be found on our Publications page.
Algorithmic inference, political interest, and exposure to news and politics on Facebook

Algorithmic inference, political interest, and exposure to news and politics on Facebook

Kjerstin Thorson, Kelley Cotter, Mel Medeiros & Chankyung Pak

How does Facebook algorithmically infer what users are interested in, and how do interest inferences shape news exposure?
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What COVID-19 dashboards aren’t telling us

What COVID-19 dashboards aren’t telling us

Michael Simeone, Gracie Valdez, & Shawn Walker

These graphics and interactives are supposed to help us get a better understanding of the state of the pandemic. But too often, they offer incomplete pictures.
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Researcher views and practices around informing, getting consent, and sharing research outputs with social media users when using their public data

Researcher views and practices around informing, getting consent, and sharing research outputs with social media users when using their public data

Nicholas Proferes & Shawn Walker

Publicly accessible social media data is frequently used for scientific research. However, numerous questions remain regarding what ethical obligations researchers have in regard to using such content.
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News

Recent and upcoming events and information

Talk: Critical Digital Studies

Join us on September 22 at 2pm for the next B2C2 seminar, “Talk: Critical Digital Studies, DH, and Ethical Collaboration,” with Liz Grumbach (Program Manager for Digital Humanities and Research at the Lincoln Center for Read more…

New Article: Studying Reddit

Nick Proferes has recently published (with co-authors from four other institutions), an analysis of 727 research articles that used Reddit as a source of data over a decade period. The article appears in Social Media Read more…

Cotter Joins Penn State

We are thrilled to note that our Postdoctoral Scholar, Kelley Cotter, has joined the faculty at the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State as a tenure track assistant professor. She joined ASU Read more…

Phoenix Tech Jobs

The Phoenix Business Journal reports that jobs in tech have increased by 26% this quarter, with an increase of 4,394 jobs from the previous quarter. Phoenix is the second fastest growing city in the US Read more…