Social Movements + Technology
I study and volunteer with Hollaback! ihollaback.org , a social movement organization that uses technology in order to bring awareness to and stop street harassment. Street harassment includes cat calls such as, “You would look good on me” to groping, flashing, stalking, and assault. I am researching how technology can assist people to participate in activist movements as well as looking at responsible reporting of data that does not reinforce stereotypes.
Dimond J. P, Dye, M, LaRose, D, Bruckman, A.S. “Hollaback!: The Role of Collective Storytelling Online in a Social Movement Organization”. CSCW 2013.(paper)
Read my dissertation here.
See a description of the activist group in this nytimes article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/nyregion/08hollaback.html
Intimate Partner Violence and ICTs
I studied intimate partner violence and how ICTs both help and harm survivors. Mobile phones and social networking sites become an extension of abuse but also as an avenue of support.
Dimond, J. P., Fiesler, C., Bruckman, A.S. Domestic Violence and ICTs (2011). Interacting with Computers. (paper)
Influenced by the field of STS, I’m fascinated by how knowledge is made, and what assumptions we make when we do research. I led a study that compared different technological mediums (phone, instant message, and email) used to conduct semi-structured interviews, a common qualitative method. Much to our surprise, while the phone method gave us lengthier transcripts, we did not find a difference in terms of the number of qualitative themes compared to instant message.
Dimond, J. P., Fiesler, C., DiSalvo, B., Pelc, J., Bruckman, A. S. “Qualitative Data Collection Technologies: A Comparison of Instant Messaging, Email, and Phone.” GROUP 2012 (paper)