Founded in 1973, the Southern Oral History Program seeks to foster a critical yet democratic understanding of the South – its history, culture, problems, and prospects. We have recorded more than 2,900 interviews with men and women from all walks of life, and currently maintain an active research and teaching program. The site includes information about the project and its activities, and recordings of interviews collected by the project.
boyd, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information, explores how young people negotiate the presentation of self in online mediated contexts. Her research focuses on how this young audience engages with “digital publics” – connected social spaces such as MySpace, LiveJournal, Xanga and YouTube.
Currently, boyd is a Graduate Fellow at the USC Anneberg Center, and social media researcher at Yahoo! Research Berkeley. Her recent work has explored diverse topics such as the creation of digital publics in Myspace.com (Identity Production in a Networked Culture: Why Youth Heart MySpace), the design of culturally adaptive software (G/localization: When Global Information and Local Interaction Collide), and the exploration of folksonomy (HT06, Tagging Paper, Taxonomy, Flickr, Academic Article, ToRead).
At Berkeley, boyd is advised by Peter Lyman and Mimi Ito. She holds an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied with Judith Donath at the Media Lab, and a B.A. from Brown University. boyd is frequently cited in top media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR and Salon.com. She even went toe-to-toe with scary old Bill O’Reilly once. boyd blogs atwww.zephoria.org/thoughts/, a must-read destination for those interested in social technology.
Cory Doctorow is Outreach Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group of passionate people dedicated to protecting constitutional rights and advocating on behalf of free expression in the digital age. He works on policy research, participates in standards bodies, and works to enlist the support of other organizations in EFF’s issues.
Cory is the author of several books and short stories, including Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Science Fiction Writing For Dummies, and the Nebula nominated “OwnzOred”. His new book, Eastern Standard Tribe, is due out in April, 2004.