Danah Boyd



Danah Michele Boyd (born 1977), also known as danah boyd, is an American academic, researcher, blogger, and employee of Yahoo! Research Berkeley best known for media appearances where she speaks about social networking sites such as Friendster and MySpace. Since 2003, she and her research have been quoted on the subject of social networking in dozens of different articles in media sources such as NPR, Wired, MSNBC, USA Today, and The O'Reilly Factor. She was also the subject of a major profile in The New York Times in 2003.

Born Danah Michele Mattas, Boyd grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. According to her website, Boyd experimented with different methods of spelling and capitalizing her name, and during college was known as "Danah Michele Mattas Beard", but after her mother's divorce, she chose her maternal grandfather's name, Boyd, as her own last name.

She initially studied computer science at Brown University where she worked with Andy van Dam, and then pursued her Masters Degree in sociable media with Judith Donath at the MIT Media Lab. In 1999, she worked for the New York-based V-Day, first as a volunteer and then as paid staff. She eventually moved to San Francisco, California, where she became associated with individuals involved in creating the new Friendster service. She documented what she was observing via her blog, and this grew into a career as she became a recognized authority on the subject of social networking.

Boyd resides in San Francisco, California, where she works at Yahoo! Research Berkeley, and is a Ph.D. student with Peter Lyman in the UC Berkeley School of Information.

Boyd has written over a dozen academic papers and op-ed pieces on various facets of online culture, and has presented papers or been a speaker on the subject at major conferences such as SIGGRAPH, CHI, Etech and the AAAS annual meeting.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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