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CCTE Colloquium Hosts Notable Technology Researchers and Developers

By • May 28th, 2013 • Category: Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design

The CCTE program invited danah boyd and Duane Bray to speak at the Spring 2013 CCTE Colloquium to discuss technology-related issues. The colloquium also serves as a way to build community among CCTE doctoral students.

danah boyd

danah boyd is an academic and a scholar who examines social media, youth practices, tensions between the public and the private, social network sites, and other intersections between technology and society. Her many titles include Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School, a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales.

A 2009 article in Fast Company named boyd one of the most influential women in technology. She also appeared in the 2008 PBS Frontline documentary Growing Up Online, providing commentary on youth and technology.

boyd’s research focuses on how young people use social media as part of their everyday practices. In recent years, she has studied Twitter, blogging, social network sites, tagging, and other forms of social media. She has an extensive publication list and has written papers on a variety of different topics, from digital backchannels to social visualization design, privacy to teen drama.

danah boyd speaking to CCTE's doctoral colloquium, attended by a standing room crowd of faculty and students.

In May 2010, boyd received the Award for Public Sociology from the American Sociological Association’s Communication and Information Technologies (CITASA) section. Also in 2010, Fortune named her the smartest academic in the technology field and “the reigning expert on how young people use the Internet” and she was included on the 2010 TR35 list of top innovators under the age of 35.

boyd has spoken at many conferences, including SIGIR, SIGGRAPH, CHI, Etechm Personal Democracy Forum and the AAAS annual meeting. She gave the keynote addresses at SXSWi 2010 and WWW 2010, discussing privacy, publicity and big data. Foreign Policy named her one of its 2012 Top 100 Global Thinkers “for showing us that Big Data isn’t necessarily better data.”





Duane Bray

Duane Bray is a partner at IDEO, where he heads the firm’s Global Digital Business. He joined IDEO in 1995 to lead and develop the discipline of interaction design. Bray’s experience includes the development of major software and hardware programs and the integration of emerging technologies into human-centered products and services. He routinely explores the intersection of technology and people, revealing and elevating the emotional connections that we forge with digital media.

Duane Bray, a partner at IDEO, an internationally known design firm, speaking to CCTE's doctoral colloquium on April 18th. on the topic “Human Centered Innovation.

Bray has led or contributed to scores of design projects, including product interaction, interactive exhibits, and software for desktop PCs, the web, and mobile devices. His recent endeavors have focused on larger clients and strategic programs, such as design-language initiatives that address a range of platforms and customers. He assisted SAP in forming a human-centered division for sustained innovation and has worked closely with Microsoft for more than a decade. His client list also includes AT&T Wireless/Cingular, BMW, Texas Instruments, United Airlines, and Xerox.

Prior to joining IDEO, Duane worked for Pentagram Design, where he established an interaction design practice in its San Francisco studio. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida and counts bubblegum pop music and his customized Mini Cooper among his leisure-time passions and pursuits.


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