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Participants 2011

Solon Barocas

is a doctoral student in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and Student Fellow at the Information Law Institute at New York University. His broad interests include the social study, philosophy, and ethics of information technology and digital media. His dissertation research examines data mining and profiling in online advertising, political campaigns, and pharmaceutical marketing.

Solon has been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process at Goldsmiths, University of London, and he has worked with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Center for Global Communication Studies, the Stanhope Centre for Communication Policy and Research, and the Russell Sage Foundation. He obtained his MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and graduated from Brown University with a BA in Art-Semiotics and International Relations, where he worked on the Information, Technology, War, and Peace project at the University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.


Solon Barocas, “Data Mining: An Annotated Bibliography,” Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life: An International Workshop, May 2011

Vincent Toubiana, Arvind Narayanan, Dan Boneh, Helen Nissenbaum, and Solon Barocas, “Adnostic: Privacy Preserving Targeted Advertising,” Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, February 2010
Solon Barocas and Helen Nissenbaum, “On Notice: the Trouble with Notice and Consent,” Proceedings of the Engaging Data Forum: The First International Forum on the Application and Management of Personal Electronic Information, October 2009
Solon Barocas, “De/re/coding Security in ‘Societies of Control:’ Data Mining as Political Practice,” St Antony’s International Review, Vol. 3, No. 1: May 2007
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Danny Braun

graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009, with a BA in English.  He is currently a first year graduate student in the English Department at Princeton University, where he holds the Arthur P. Morgan Graduate Fellowship. He works primarily on British poetry of the 18th and 19th centuries, and continental philosophy (16th c. through contemporary movements); the history and technologies of apperception and their relation to narrative style in lyric and descriptive poetry of the period; and on cinematic forms of experience in 20th c. American poetry.


Lisa Conrad

studied media and management studies in Weimar, Lyon and Odense and graduated with a thesis on the media-economy of the household. Since 2009 she is scientific assistant and lecturer at the chair of Media Management at the Bauhaus-University. Her research interests draw from the intersection of media and cultural studies, economics and management.





Francisca Grommé

studied Political Science and Science and Technology Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her master thesis gives an ethnographic account of the introduction of a high-tech facial recognition system against shoplifting in a Dutch supermarket. The thesis shows how technology is part of the effort to reorder configurations of crime control. Before joining the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) as a PhD candidate in 2009, she has been working as a research assistant, and as a policy officer at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Her PhD project is concerned with the ways in which surveillance technologies and crime governance affect each other. In this ethnographic research project she studies three pilot projects in the Netherlands that introduce surveillance technologies in everyday situations. For example, one of the case studies is about the introduction of audio detection to detect aggressive behaviour at a bus station. In the thesis, these projects are considered as ‘laboratories’ for making the subjects of surveillance visible through reordering the relations between humans and artefacts. These new orders may involve new authorities and norms in crime governance. At the University of Amsterdam she teaches courses about the history of political science and contemporary political science theory.

Her most recent publication is now under review:

Grommé, F., ‘Surveillance in the supermarket: Reconfiguring roles and identities in plural policing’, forthcoming in: Crime, Security and Surveillance: Effects for the Surveillant and the Surveilled, Zurawski, N. (ed), Amsterdam: Het Groene Gras, under review


Jovana Jankovic

studied Film and Literature at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where she completed a study on the films of Werner Herzog. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the Department of Communication and Culture at York University in Toronto. Jovana’s research stems from media theory and focuses on spatio-visual constructions and invasions of privacy in narrative films that feature surveillance video. She is currently Associate Junior Fellow at the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie and holds scholarships from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.



Norma Möllers

studied at the department of “Languages, Economics, and Culture” at Passau University, Germany, and at the department of Sociology and History at Sapienza University, Rome. She worked with the German Science Foundation project “The Monitored Citizen Between Apathy and Protest” at the Institute for Security and Prevention Research in Hamburg. Since May 2010, she has worked as a fellow with the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research project “MuViT: Sociological Perspectives on Pattern Recognition and Video Tracking.” She is currently preparing her doctoral dissertation at Potsdam University about the development processes of surveillance technology.



Michele Rapoport

is currently writing her PhD dissertation titled “Subjectivity, Corporeality, Privacy, Dwelling – Being At Home With New Automated Technologies” at the Tel Aviv University in Israel. Her study focuses on ‘smart technologies’ and sees the home as both a test case for the interaction between man and new ambient and pervasive technologies, and as a unique object of inquiry that challenges traditional readings on the body, on privacy and on the notion of dwelling. Her current research stems from her ongoing interest in the interaction between man and the material environment, and in the means through which man-technology hybrids alter our understanding of what it means to be human. Applying mostly Continental paradigms including those of Heidegger, Foucault and Derrida, her work also investigates actor-network theory, cyborg and object-oriented theory, as well as cognitive science and artificial intelligence. She holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and has worked as both an architect and as a human rights activist in the US and in Israel.

Michele has presented her work in numerous conferences and has a number of published works including:

“Dualisms in the Landscape of the Divine” Cultural Studies, Vol. 25:3, 2011, pp.334-359

“Being A Body Or Having A Body – Smart Home Technologies And Alternative Man-Technology Hybrids” Special Issue of Artificial Intelligence and Society (forthcoming, to be published July 2012);

“Creating Sacred Place – The Phenomenology of the Jewish Eruv” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (forthcoming  Summer 2011);

“Domestic Hybrids: ‘Smart Homes’ at The Juncture Of Man And Technology”, Proceedings of the ‘Hermeneutics & Science: Worlds, Realities and Life’ Conference of the International Society for Hermeneutics and Science, August 2010, Vienna;

“The Drama of Going South – Transferring Military Bases To The Beer Sheva Metropolitan Area From A Civic Perspective” by Drs. Erez Tzfadia, Amiram Oren and Yagil Levy, 2007 (Michele provided research assistance, data collection and preliminary writing for the publication)


Graciela Selaimen

is a journalist, specialized in Local Development with a Gender Perspective and has Masters in Communications an Culture, being a member of the PEIC – Research Group on Political Economy of Communication and of the Cibercult Laboratory , both at the Communication School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Graciela has worked as a consultant for the Ford Foundation Rio office from 2004 to 2006 and since 2005 coordinates Instituto Nupef [Nucleus for Research, Studies and Capacity Building]. Graciela is the editor of the Rets online magazine, and of the poliTICs magazine. Since 2008 Graciela is a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum. Her research interests are focused on how monitoring and control technologies produce subjectivities and determine ways of being and acting, seeking to explore possibilities of resistance to biopower through the construction and use of socio-technical systems that are emancipatory, free and aimed at strengthening the autonomy of contemporary subjects.


Darren M. Stevenson

is currently completing his first year of doctoral studies in Communications and Media in the Institute of Communications Research, College of Media, at the University of Illinois. He is also in his fifth year as a research associate at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, where he investigates imaging and visualization technologies in a laboratory setting. His recent investigations surround bridging the gap between the disparate transnational legal systems and the surveillance policies governing media technology.




Maya Vinokour

a soon-to-be-second-year doctoral student in the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania.  Maya is interested in narratives of spectatorship in modern German and Russian literature; doppelgängers and other extensions/repetitions of the self; and the conjunction of humor (particularly satire) and trauma.  Most recently she presented a paper entitled “The Role of Trauma in the Satirical Classics of Il’f and Petrov” at the Modernisms Across Borders conference at the University of Pennsylvania.  In 2011 Maya won the Academia Rossica Young Translators Award for the translation of an excerpt from a new Russian science fiction novel.


Tyler Whitney

is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University. His research interests include German and Austrian modernism, naturalism, history of science, history and theory of media, sound studies, and the novels of Thomas Pynchon. He is currently in Berlin completing a dissertation entitled “Spaces of the Ear: Modernism’s Embodied Listener and the Science of Sound, 1912-1928.”




Niaz Zarrinbakhsh

As an offspring of 1979 Islamic Revolution, I was born in south west of Iran known as the second horrible War zone (Iran-Iraq, 1980-1988). The unbearable living condition at wartime in that region was obviously the most prominent reason for moving to Tehran where I was raised and lived for the rest of my life. I started a career in journalism as a freelance journalist as soon as I entered my bachelor program. Teaching teenagers in high school and pre-university level was a unique experience also, based on my belief in cultural activities as a basic ground for social progress.
I studied at university of The Arts, Tehran for both my BA & MA and worked on the changes in handicraft’s semantic functions in Tehran within last three decades from a social semiotics standpoint. The Iranian mindset, beside all its shortcomings, had taught me to risk and start over and the 10th presidential election was a decisive time to change my major and shift to the area of digital culture. As a middle-eastern citizen, I have always been vulnerable to the misgivings of what technology offers to the governments and enables them to dictate unbounded regulations to inhabitants. Having grown up under such state of control, I was provided with a great desire to study the socio-cultural constructions of forming individuals and societies in the digital sphere.
I started New Media at the university of Amsterdam was to investigate building of any kind of social change, through the influx of cyber space and interactions between digital media and traditional one. Currently I am doing an ethnographic study on the impacts of Internet Censorship on the information Culture Surrounding Iranian web. I am also a blogger and I blog in Persian at neici.blogspot.com.


Olga Zhulina

is a third-year Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at Harvard University. She received her MA in Comparative Literature from Harvard in 2011, and a BA in History and Literature with a Secondary Field in Dramatic Arts in 2009. She is a tutor in the undergraduate Literature concentration. Her fields of interest and areas of research include 19th to 21st century English, French, and Russian literature, film and visual studies, comparative drama (from ancient to contemporary), spectatorship, theories of drama and reception, and theories of security.