danah boyd is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, founder of Data & Society, and a visiting professor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. An academic and a scholar, Boyd’s research examines the intersection between technology and society. Her research on how young people use social media as part of their everyday practices is the basis of her book, It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (2014).
Donna Freitas is a professior and scholar who lectures at universities across the United States on her work about college students. Over the years, she has written for national newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. She is the author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses (Oxford, 2008), based on her national study about how sex and faith coincide (and collide) on campus. Her most recent study centers around how social media is effecting the ways young adults construct identity and navigate relationships, and is the subject of her forthcoming book, The Happiness Effect (Oxford, Sept. 2016). Freitas is currently a non-resident research associate at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame.
Shamus Khan (facilitator) teaches in the sociology department at Columbia University and writes about sociology in the popular press. His work is primarily within the areas of cultural sociology and stratification, with a strong focus on elites. He is the author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School (Princeton 2011); The Practice of Research (Oxford 2013, with Dana Fisher), and Exceptional: The Astors, Elite New York, and the Story of American Inequality (Princeton, forthcoming). Khan also writes on gender theory, deliberative politics, and research methodology.
Catherine Steiner-Adair is a clinical psychologist, school consultant, speaker, and author whose work focuses on developing school programs that fortify children’s resistance to cultural trends that promote unhealthy risk taking and anti-social behaviors. Steiner-Adair is the author of the award-winning The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (Harper Collins), in which she examines how parents can reap the benefits of tech while reducing the risks it poses at every stage of development. She is a research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an associate psychologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.
Sherry Turkle has spent the last 30 years researching the psychology of people’s relationships with technology. She is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT, as well as the founder and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Her best-selling book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in the Digital Age (Penguin Press, October 2015), focuses on the importance of conversation in digital cultures.