Frances Corry, PhD
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My work expands the temporal horizon brought to the analysis of digital technologies, examining contemporary technological phenomena through a critical and longitudinal lens. This research is in conversation with information studies, communication, and the field of science, technology and society, while incorporating a variety of methods, including interviews, archival research, participant observation, network analysis, and critical/cultural analysis.

My current projects fall under three areas:

︎︎︎ Digital technologies over time

Topics like digital data storage and preservation, along with social and cultural theories of technological novelty and obsolescence.

︎︎︎ Never forget? Memory maintenance on an aging platform. Convergence.

︎︎︎ Why does a platform die? Diagnosing platform death at Friendster’s end. Internet Histories.

︎︎︎ Op-Ed: Yahoo! Answers is shutting down and taking a record of my teenage self with it. LA Times.

︎︎︎ Screenshot, save, share, shame: Making sense of new media through screenshots and public shame. First Monday.

︎︎︎ Historical approaches to digital media

Historicizing contemporary digital media forms and practices, often to explore the ways that forms of power persist in what are otherwise considered ‘new’ media technologies.

︎︎︎ The sociotechnical imaginaries of 1968. International Journal of Communication.

︎︎︎ “LADY U SEND ME YR MOVIE:” Constructing Joanie 4 Jackie’s feminist distribution network. Feminist Media Studies.

︎︎︎ Capture it while you can: Revisiting SIGCOMM 99’s ‘Technical History of the Internet’. Computer Communication Review.

︎︎︎ Big data environments and epistemology

How the storage, collection, combination and analysis of large datasets reflects and shapes ways of knowing.

︎︎︎ Intersectionality, In Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data.  

︎︎︎ A Framework for dataset deprecation: Standardizing documentation, identification, and communications. ACM FAccT.