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I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University with a graduate field membership in Information Science. I study the changing role of governance and regulation in, of, and through digitally networked environments – the dynamics at work, the values at stake, the design options at hand.
My work has been supported by an NSF Career Award, a McCloy Fellowship, a PGP Corporation Scholarship, and grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the NSF.
At Cornell, I direct the Digital Due Process Clinic. I am also a member of the Algorithms, Big Data, & Inequality project, the Artificial Intelligence, Policy, and Practice (AIPP) group, and a Faculty Fellow at the Milstein Program for Technology & Humanity.
Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and Information Law Institute. I also worked as a junior researcher at the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research. I hold a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a First State Exam in Law from the University of Hamburg. In my previous life, I was a radio reporter, copywriter, and one of the team building Free Cakes for Kids UK.
Interests: social, organizational, and ethical aspects of data-driven technologies; audit cultures, esp.
scoring, rating, ranking schemes; new forms of governance and regulation; politics of provocation; science & technology studies; ethnomethodology; ethnography
Additional bibliographic information on Google Scholar.
–– On Algorithms, Governance, and Ordering
- Ziewitz M. (2017). A not quite random walk: Experimenting with the ethnomethods of the algorithm. Big Data & Society 4(2): 1-13.
- 2020 Best Paper Award, Section on Ethnomethodology & Conversation Analysis, American Sociological Association
- Ziewitz, M. (2016). Governing algorithms: Myth, mess, and methods. Science, Technology, and Human Values 41(1): 3-16.
- Barocas, S., Hood, S. and M. Ziewitz (2013). Governing algorithms: A provocation piece. Discussion paper for Governing Algorithms conference, May 16-17, 2013.
- Ziewitz, M. (2015). Three stories about algorithms that might appear in The Onion:
–– On Search Marketing, Optimization, and Shadow Cultures
–– On Patient Feedback, Healthcare, and Experience
–– On STS, Methodology, Ethnography
- Lämmerhirt, D., van Geenen, D., Ziewitz, M., Garnett, E., Venturini, T. and M. Ruckenstein (forthcoming). Doing "Data Ethnography:” A Moderated Conversation and Reflection. In: Burkhardt, M., van Geenen, D., Gerlitz, C., Hind, S., Kaerlein, T., Lämmerhirt, D., and A. Volmar (eds.): Interrogating Datafication. Towards a Praxeology of Data. Bielefeld: transcript.
- Ziewitz M. and Michael Lynch (2018). It’s Important to Go to the Laboratory: Malte Ziewitz talks with Michael Lynch. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 4: 366-385. [includes essay on 'Blowing up STS']
–– On Internet Governance & Regulation
- Ziewitz, M. and C. Pentzold (2014). In search of internet governance: Performing order in digitally networked environments. New Media & Society 16(2): 306-322.
- Ziewitz, M. and I. Brown (2013). A prehistory of internet governance. In Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet, ed I. Brown, 3-26. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
- Ziewitz, M. (2008). Viel Ordnung, wenig Recht: Kollaborative Selbstkontrolle als Vertrauensfaktor am Beispiel Wikipedias. In Informationelles Vertrauen für die Informationsgesellschaft, eds D. Klumpp, H. Kubicek, A. Rossnagel and W. Schulz, 173-188. Heidelberg: Springer.
- Mayer-Schönberger, V. and M. Ziewitz (2007). Jefferson rebuffed: The United States and the future of internet governance. Columbia Science and Technology Law Review 8: 188-228.
- Ziewitz, M. (2011). Can crowd wisdom solve regulatory problems? Discussion paper for the 1st Berlin Symposium on Internet & Society, 18 September 2011.
- Current and former PhD students: Kate Greder, Reid Ralston, Megan Sawey, Wanheng Hu, Jacqueline Ho, John Lunsford, Ngai Keung Chan (now: Chinese University of Hong Kong), Jing-Mao Ho (Utica College), Jessica Polk (McGill), Anna Jobin (ETH Zurich)
- Current and former postdocs: Sarah E. Sachs
- Current and former undergraduate students: Kyla Chasalow (Oxford Statistics), David Brotz (Harvard Law), Declan Abernethy (Georgia Tech HSTS PhD program), Laura Moraff (Stanford Law), Divyansha Sehgal (Deutsche Bank), Lindsay Vinarcsik (Saint Louis University MD/PhD program), Neil Makhija (Harvard Law), Lena Wong (Columbia Law)
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