In this interview, danah boyd talks about the issues that prompted her to present her ethnographic findings to the tech community at SXSW. During her research, boyd discovered a disconnect between the way sites and apps were being created and the way they were being used. She says there is a disconnect between knowing data can be gathered from users and understanding how to interpret it. boyd also discusses her background and her plans to launch the Data & Society Research Institute. While this interview is a few years old, the issues boyd talks about are more important now than ever. She also reveals a surprise research tool.
Ethnographer danah boyd has ideas for parents and other adults to help teens navigate social media in this video. boyd describes the ways interactions can happen in public without being public and how teens accept that public is default and private is something that must be chosen. She also addresses social etiquette and ways teens try to separate online social situations. Parents and adults who work with kids can learn a lot from boyd, especially if they’ve experienced conflict over “public” posts that teens don’t want parents to see.
In this video, ethnographer danah boyd discusses the often innovative ways teenagers navigate privacy issues online. boyd makes the distinction between teens who want to participate in public, but not be public. boyd describes ways that different networks have different levels of privacy expectations. Included in this talk is the concept that there are rules of etiquette for the internet (social networking) and that these rules have to be learned and respected. Parents and others who work with teenagers can learn a great deal from boyd’s research, which provides a lot of insight into when and where teens expect their online lives to be observed by others.