The Cost of Missing Something
Don’t Trust the Truth
What happens when companies over-rely on big data while totally ignoring thick data-- at their peril?
Attempts to Stop Terrorists on Social Media Threaten Both Privacy and Anonymity
What are the consequences of believing in absolute truth and not making room for multiple perspectives? Back in August, I returned to my favorite conference in the world to give the opening keynote at The Conf. I gave the talk I always to give, but never had the chance to write.
A speech for my mentor, Richard Madsen, a wonderfully magnanimous soul
When I first started hearing about the encryption ban, I saw many writers give thoughtful and cogent responses, pointing out inaneness of the ban. But one thing I saw missing from the conversation was a discussion about how the ban wouldn’t just harm our privacy, but also our anonymity. I’m grateful to Slate for giving me a space to pen an op-ed on this topic.
I've joined IDEO as an Expert-In-Residence in Shanghai, China
I came to San Diego to give a speech at the retirement party for my mentor, friend, and dissertation chair, Richard Madsen, a world renowned bridge builder who is known for his work in sociology of religion and culture, established the field of sociology in China, founded the UC Fudan Center, and who is now retiring.
Talking to Strangers: Chinese Youth and Social Media — My PhD dissertation
Hello friends, I've moved to Shanghai to join IDEO as an Expert-In-Residence for a few months! For both of IDEO and I, Design Thinking is a fundamental approach to solving business problems. In particular, the IDEO Shanghai studio and I think that understanding Chinese companies is a window to the world. And most importantly, we both care deeply about putting humans at the center of systems.
Transcript of my talk, "The Conceit of Oracles: How we ended of up in a world where quantitative data is more valued than qualitative data"
And after seven years of research, I present to you my PhD dissertation.
New Talk, "The Elastic Self: Understanding Identity in Social Media"
In September 2013, I delivered the opening keynote to the EPIC (Ethnographic Praxis In Industry Conference) 2013, a conference for people who care deeply about making organizations more human-centered. EPIC is a truly an interdisciplinary gathering, bringing together people who work in marketing, strategy, design, research, and academia.
New Talk "Designing for Trust: How China's Free Lunch avoided The Curse of Kelvin" and Notes from Media Evolution's The Conference
I returned in 2013 to one of my favorite places on earth, Malmö, Sweden, to give a talk on youth and social media (my love letter on why Malmö is the best place in Scandanavia) at my favorite conference in the world, The Conference at Media Evolution.
Fast Company feature: a slideshow and interview about my research
Free Lunch is a non-profit in China that uses a crowd-sourced reporting and monitoring system to gain donor's trust. The system is filled with inefficiencies and redundancies, but it's very good at getting people to donate and participate.
Lift Talk Notes - Dancing with Handcuffs: The Changing Geography of Trust in China
Every ethnographer needs a break from their fieldsite. When I came back to the US in July, I didn't want to think about China. I just wanted to sleep, play with my doggy, and eat fresh food. But when Fast Company reached out to do a profile on me for their Generation Flux series, I couldn't say no!
New Article - Dumplings for Sale: What migrant work is really like
When I moved to China to do a year of continuous fieldwork, I didn't want to leave the country to give any talks. But when I got an invite from Lift Conference to speak, I didn't want to turn it down. I have been a fan of Lift Conferences for a long time and it was an honor to be invited. So I skipped out to Geneva for a week to speak at LIFT12.
Article in Wired UK: 'Building transparency in China, one lunch at a time'
I wrote a piece for That's Shanghai in 2012 about my fieldwork with migrant workers in Beijing.
Op-Ed with An Xiao Mina in Wired's Threat Level: Real-Name Registration Threatens the Lively World of China’s Microblogs
After speaking at LIFT 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland, I got to spend some time with co-speaker, David Rowan, who is the editor of Wired UK. David has spent a lot of time researching how the internet is changing Africa. He gave a talk about at LIFT 2012 and wrote an article about it.
Presented paper that I co-wrote with Barrry Brown at Mobile HCI 2011
As researchers of the Chinese inter-webs, An Xiao Mina and I always get lots of questions about what happens on Weibo. People think that the only thing that happens on Weibo is censorship or resistance. In reality, it's somewhere in the middle. So we wanted to write an article that would capture what really is happening on Weibo. It's in English and Chinese below. Enjoy!
Speaking at Mobile Life in Stockholm, Sweden.
I got to spend a wonderful few days in Stockholm, Sweden for Mobile HCI 2011. I presented a paper that Barry Brown and I co-wrote about our research in mobile use in Mexico, Ethnography of the telephone: Changing uses of communication technology in village life.
"Technology for Migrant Workers" Interview in Agenda Magazine
I had a great day speaking at Mobile Life VINN Excellence Center in Sweden.
The Atlantic covers my research on Weibo Instant Photo Phenomenon
I had a lovely time chatting with Abby McBride from Agenda Magazine.
An Xiao Mina's Article About my Research on Chinese Migrants living in Internet Cafes (Huffington Post)
Alexis Madrigal, senior editor of The Atlantic, wrote about how Weibo users are using it as a dating site based off of my research on Weibos' Instant Photo Singles Rescue Phenomenon.
My new blog about my research in China: Bytes of China!
Design strategist, new media artist, and digital community builder Anxiao Mina interviewed me for her latest article in Huffington Post on internet cafes in China, The 21st Century Saloon: A Peek Inside China's Wangba, or Internet Cafes.
I’ve just moved to China to fieldwork on how non-elite users, youth, and migrants are using cellphones and the internet. I’ve decided to keep a separate blog of all my ethnographic observations so that it doesn’t get mixed in with my general observations about culture and technology on Cultural Bytes.