John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society Keynote by danah boyd

This year's JSB Symposium features danah boyd, a social media researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Her talk will be on "Youth-Generated Culture: Growing Up in an Era of Social Media." 

The presentation will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the Blau Auditorium at the Ross School of Business, Tappan and Monroe Streets, on the U-M Central Campus. 

This provocative, free talk is open to anyone interested in understanding social media -- whether users, educators, business leaders, service providers, or technology developers. danah boyd observes that many of today's youth embrace a wide array of social media. Whether on social network sites, texting, or blogging, youth leverage the power of social media to create, communicate, share, and learn. 

The speaker will examine the various emergent practices, focusing primarily on how American teenagers navigate the world of social media as a part of everyday life. She will explore inflections in privacy, sociality, and learning. She will also discuss the costs and challenges of unequal access and the complications that occur when social stratification is reproduced in digital environments. 

A panel discussion and a reception will follow the talk. Panelists will be:

  • John Seely Brown, a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California and independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation
  • Ed Vielmetti, a blogger and social media commentator at
  • Cliff Lampe, an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University
  • Libby Hemphill, visiting scholar at the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs and a research fellow at SI

Professor Paul Resnick will moderate the panel. 

About the Symposium

The John Seely Brown Symposium is sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Information with support from a gift by John Seely Brown (a.k.a. "JSB"). Brown is an alumnus of U-M, having earned an MS in mathematics in 1964 and a Ph.D. in computer and communication sciences in 1972. He has been a strong supporter of SI for a number of years. 

For more information about the Symposium, visit their website at



If you're interested in this event, I will be blogging this event and will post a link soon after its conclusion.  The School of Information is also videotaping the talk and the panel that follows, and I'll attempt to post a link to that when it comes online.