PhD research: emerging social norms on the Internet
I am a PhD researcher at the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. My research examines online social norms, online social capital and the societal implications of a more digital society.
PhD outputs and applications:
• Better understanding of online social interactions.
• Improving virtual assistants and social bots.
• Improving governance of large scale online social environments.
Read more about my PhD here.
- This is evidence was written and submitted to help inform the UK Government’s research into upcoming mental health policy. 1. Advising employers about the mental health continuum. A study by Schomeris et al. (2017) found that employers might stigmatise mental health sufferers partly due to a lack of knowledge about[...]Read More »
Improbable’s new virtual worlds will need new social boundaries to thrive. Can pro-social AI offer a solution?Part of my PhD research has exposed a need for effective moderation in social environments online. This article explores how one company called Improbable could benefit from pro-social AI’s to help moderate the huge multiplayer world’s they are creating. Improbable’s second round of funding gives them the opportunity to break[...]Read More »
- Originally published on University of Cambridge Sociology website: https://www.smhr.sociology.cam.ac.uk/blog/RwSMHandsDent Who regulates the algorithms that influence our experience online? That is the question Joss Hands, a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University conducting research into media and critical theory, asked the Researching (with) Social Media reading group in November 2014. Algorithms analyse[...]Read More »
- Originally printed in The Guardian on 10th March, 2015: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/10/campaign-jimmy-thoronka-internet-power-good Last Friday afternoon I was writing my PhD first year report. I was on a deadline and still had a chapter to write. I’m researching how social networks and crowdsourcing can help people in poverty and crisis. I took a[...]Read More »