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Mike Ananny is an Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism at USC Annenberg, where he researches the public ethics of communication systems, specifically intersections of journalism practice and technology design, the sociotechnical dynamics of networked news infrastructures and the power of algorithmic systems. He is also an Affiliated Faculty with USC’s Science, Technology and Society research cluster, and a 2018-19 Berggruen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Department of Communication (advised by Theodore Glasser), a Masters from the MIT Media Laboratory (Gesture & Narrative Language and Tangible Media groups) and a Bachelors from the University of Toronto (double major in Computer Science and Human Biology).
He was a founding member of the research staff at Media Lab Europe, a founding member of Expresto Software Corp and a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research’s Social Media Collective. He has held fellowships and scholarships with the Berggruen Institute, Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the LEGO Corporation, Interval Research and has worked or consulted with LEGO, Mattel and Nortel Networks, helping to generate research concepts and prototypes for new product lines and services.
Ananny has led several public-private learning and design partnerships with the BBC, University of Tampere, Amsterdam Computer Clubhouse, Loyalist College Canada, The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre. He was principal investigator on European Union grant proposals and has licensed his custom software to Trinity College Dublin for classroom use. He has a background in new media and technology design, creating both technological toys for children’s language acquisition as well as large-scale, interactive public art installations in Dublin, Northern Ireland and Amsterdam for people to communicate publicly through SMS text messaging.
He has published in a variety of academic venues, including Science, Technology, and Human Values; Social Media+Society; Critical Studies in Media Communication; International Journal of Communication; Journal of Computer Mediated Communication; New Media & Society; First Monday; American Behavioral Scientist; Television & New Media; Digital Journalism and the proceedings of the ACM’s conferences on Computer-Human Interaction and Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. His first book, Networked Press Freedom: Creating Infrastructures for a Public Right to Hear (MIT Press, 2018), proposed a new model of press freedom at the intersection of journalism practice and technological platforms. His second book, Whitespace Press (under contract with Yale University Press) critically examines the power of absence and silence in the networked press. He is also co-editor (with Laura Forlano and Molly Wright Steenson) of Bauhaus Futures (MIT Press, 2019).
On a personal note, Mike grew up on various Canadian air force bases, has a background and ongoing interest in toy design and has the best dog ever.
Mike is currently on sabbatical for the 2018-2019 academic year.