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Joseph M. Reagle Jr.
Department of Communication Studies
Northeastern University
204 Lake Hall
Boston, MA 02115
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Research and Teaching Interests: digital culture (e.g., comments and geek feminism), collaboration, knowledge production and its legitimation, and the history of each.


Education

Ph.D. (2008), Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University. Dissertation: “In good faith: Wikipedia collaboration and the pursuit of the universal encyclopedia.” Committee: Helen Nissenbaum (Chairperson), Gabriella Coleman, Natalia Levina.

S.M. (1996), Technology and Policy Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Thesis (E.E. 1996): “Trust in a cryptographic economy and digital security deposits: protocols and policies” [PDF]. Supervisor: Lee McKnight, Research Program on Communications Policy.

B.S. (1994), Computer Science (History minor), University of Maryland Baltimore County, magna cum laude. Major Areas: Cryptography, computer security, and the history of science, computing, and telecommunication. Honors and Activities: Fellow of the Honors College, numerous scholarships, chair of the university chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).


Experience

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Northeastern University (2011-). Major Activities: teaching and research on collaboration, free culture, online comments, geek feminism and the gender gap.

Faculty Associate, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (2011-2015). Major Activities: discussions and presentations on research interests.

Academic Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (2010-2011). Major Activities: research, writing, and lecturing on Wikipedia and collaborative culture.

Doctoral student and instructor Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University (2003-2010). Major Activities: course work, teaching and research on online content communities.

Resident Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School (1998-1999) Major Activities: Research on social protocols, and writing and lecturing.

Policy Analyst, World Wide Web Consortium and Research Engineer, Laboratory for Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996-2003). Major Activities: Co-Chair and Editor of IETF/W3C XML Signature Working Group; Chair and Editor of the W3C XML Encryption Working Group; Chair of the W3C Platform for Privacy Preferences Harmonization Group; policy analysis with respect to content control, privacy, and intellectual property; development of W3C copyright, trademark, and patent policies and licenses.

Research Associate, Research Program on Communication Policy, MIT Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development (1994-1996). Major Activities: research related to information security, electronic commerce and cryptographic policy.

Courses

Online Communities, NEU: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014 (new).

Communication in the Digital Age, NEU: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013 (new).

Principles of Organizational Communication, NEU: Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012.

Media, Culture, & Society, NEU: Spring 2012, Fall 2012.

New Media Culture, NEU: Fall 2011 (new).

Media, Technology, Society, NYU: Fall 2008/2009 (new).

Conflict Management, NYU: Spring 2010, Spring/Fall 2009, Spring/Fall 2008, Fall 2007.

Impacts of Technology, NYU: Spring 2007, Fall 2006.


Publications

(Available as a BibTex file)

Works in Progress

Reagle, J. (n.d.). Naive meritocracy and the meaning of myth. Retrieved from http://reagle.org/joseph/2016/myth/myth.html. (Article under review 2016.)

Reagle, J. (n.d.). Life hacking as self-help: The hacker ethos and digital milieu. Retrieved from http://reagle.org/joseph/2016/sh/lifehack-selfhelp.html. (Article under review 2016.)

Reagle, J. (n.d.). Not a 'bro': Geek privilege, triumphalism, and idiosyncracy. (Article in progress, to submit in 2017.)

Reagle, J. (n.d.). Hacking life and the quest for the optimized life. (Book in progress, estimated publication in 2020.)

Books

Reagle, J. (2015). Reading the comments: Likers, haters, and manipulators at the bottom of the Web. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Retrieved from http://reagle.org/joseph/2015/rtc/

Reagle, J. (2010). Good faith collaboration: The culture of Wikipedia. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Retrieved from http://reagle.org/joseph/2010/gfc/. (Creative Commons Web Edition published in September 2011.)

Book chapters

Reagle, J. (2014). Revenge rating and tweak critique at photo.net. In H. C. Suhr (Ed.), Evaluating Creative Production in Digital Environments (pp. 20–40). New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://reagle.org/joseph/2013/photo/photo-net.html

Reagle, J. (2011). The argument engine. In G. Lovink & N. Tkacz (Eds.), Critical Point of View: A Wikipedia Reader (pp. 14–33). Amsterdam: Waag Society. Retrieved from http://www.networkcultures.org/_uploads/%237reader_Wikipedia.pdf

Reagle, J. (2006). Open communities and closed law. In L. Bansal, P. Keller, & G. Lovink (Eds.), In the Shade of the Commons -Towards a Culture of Open Networks (pp. 165–167). Waag Society Amsterdam. Retrieved from http://waag.org/nl/project/shade-commons

Refereed publications

(GS = Google Scholar, JCR = Journal Citation Reports)

Reagle, J. (2015). Following the Joneses: FOMO and conspicuous sociality. First Monday, 20(10). Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/6064/4996. (Acceptance rate 15%.)

Reagle, J. (2015). Geek policing: "Fake geek girls" and contested attention. International Journal of Communication, 9, 2862–2880. Retrieved from http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3066/1458. (2015 GS h5-index 27, #7 in Comm; 2011 acceptance rate 11%.)

Reagle, J. (2014). The obligation to know: From FAQ to Feminism 101. New Media & Society. http://doi.org/10.1177/1461444814545840. (2015 GS h5-index 45, #1 in Comm; 2013 JCR Impact Factor 2.052, #4 in Comm.)

Loveland, J., & Reagle, J. (2013). Wikipedia and encyclopedic production. New Media & Society. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444812470428. (2015 GS h5-index 45, #1 in Comm; 2013 JCR Impact Factor 2.052, #4 in Comm.)

Reagle, J. (2013). "Free as in sexist?": Free culture and the gender gap. First Monday, 18(1). Retrieved from http://reagle.org/joseph/2012/fas/free-as-in-sexist.html. (Acceptance rate 15%.)

Reagle, J. (2012). 410 gone - Infocide in Open Content Communities. In F. Attwod (Ed.), Proceedings of AoIR13. Salford University: Association of Internet Researchers. Retrieved from http://spir.aoir.org/index.php/spir/article/view/5. (Acceptance rate 46% of 371.)

Reagle, J., & Rhue, L. (2011). Gender Bias in Wikipedia and Britannica. International Journal of Communication, 5. Retrieved from http://ijoc.org/ojs/index.php/ijoc/article/view/777. (2015 GS h5-index 27, #7 in Comm; 2011 acceptance rate 11%.)

Reagle, J. (2010). "Be nice": Wikipedia norms for supportive communication. New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia (Special Issue on Web Science), 16(1), 161–180. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13614568.2010.498528. (2010 JCR Impact Factor of 0.65.)

Reagle, J. (2007). Bug tracking systems as Public Spheres. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 11(1). Retrieved from http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/SPT/v11n1/reagle.html

Reagle, J. (2007). Do as I do: authorial leadership in Wikipedia. In Proceedings of WikiSym '07: The 2007 International Symposium on Wikis. New York: ACM Press. Retrieved from http://reagle.org/joseph/2007/10/Wikipedia-Authorial-Leadership.pdf

Reagle, J. (2006). Is the Wikipedia neutral? Retrieved August 1, 2006, from http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Presenters/Joseph_Reagle

Reagle, J. (2004). Open content communities. M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture, 7(3). Retrieved from http://journal.media-culture.org.au/0406/06_Reagle.rft.php

Ackerman, M. S., Cranor, L. F., & Reagle, J. (1999). Privacy in E-Commerce: examining user scenarios and privacy preferences. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC'99) (pp. 1–8). New York: ACM Press. Retrieved from http://www.eecs.umich.edu/~ackerm/pub/99b28/ecommerce.final.pdf

Cranor, L. F., Reagle, J., & Ackerman, M. S. (1999). Beyond concern: Understanding Net users' attitudes about online privacy. In I. Vogelsang & B. M. Compaine (Eds.), Proceedings of Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC99): The Internet Upheaval: Raising Questions, Seeking Answers in Communications Policy (p. 47). New York: ACM Press. Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/html/cs/9904010/report.htm. (Also as AT&T Labs-Research Technical Report TR 99.4.4.)

Cranor, L., & Reagle, J. (1999). The platform for privacy preferences. Communications of the ACM, 4(2), 48–55. Retrieved from http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=293455. (Also in Japanese at IPSJ (Information Processing Society of Japan) Magazine. Vol.40 No.7 July 1999; also as W3C NOTE. 31-July-1998.)

Cranor, L., & Reagle, J. (1997). Designing a social protocol: lessons learned from the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project. In Proceedings of Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC97). New York: ACM Press. Retrieved from http://www.w3.org/People/Reagle/papers/tprc97/tprc-f2m3.html

Martin, C. D., & Reagle, J. M. (1997). A technical alternative to government regulation and censorship: content advisory systems for the Internet. Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, 15(2), 409–427. Retrieved from http://penta2.ufrgs.br/gereseg/censura/rsac/dianne1.htm

Non-refereed publications

Reagle, J. (2009). Wikipedia: The happy accident. Interactions, 16(3), 42–45. Retrieved from http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1516016.1516026

Reagle, J. (2007). Equality, gender, and speech in open communities. Re-Public. Retrieved from http://www.re-public.gr/en/?p=131

Reagle, J. (2006). Notions of openness. In First Monday. Retrieved from http://reagle.org/joseph/2006/02/fm10-openness

Reagle, J. (2005). Trust in electronic markets. First Monday, Special Issue #3: Internet Banking, E-Money, and Internet Gift Economies. Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1509/1424

Reagle, J. (2005). A case of mutual aid: Wikipedia, politeness, and perspective taking. Wikimedia Foundation. Frankfurt, Germany. Retrieved from http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Transwiki:Wikimania05/Paper-JR1

Cranor, L., & Reagle, J. (1999). P3P in a nutshell. Web Techniques, 4(9), 68–70.

Reagle, J. (1999, August). Agent: I don't think it means, what you think it means. Proceedings of The International Conference on Law and Technology. Honolulu, HI. Retrieved from http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/reagle/agents-19990524.html

Reagle, J. (1999). Eskimo snow and Scottish rain: legal considerations of schema design (W3C Note). World Wide Web Consortium. Retrieved from http://www.w3.org/TR/md-policy-design. (Also as DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.167448 SSRN Electronic Paper Collection, August 9, 1999.)

Reagle, J. (1999). Why the Internet is good: community governance that works well (Working Draft). Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School. Retrieved from http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/reagle/regulation-19990326.html

Reagle, J. (1996). Trust in electronic markets. First Monday, 1(2). Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/475/396

McKnight, L., Solomon, R., Reagle, J., Carver, D., Johnson, C., Gerovac, B., & Gingold, D. (1995). Information security for electronic commerce on the Internet: the need for a new policy and new research. Journal of Electronic Publishing. Retrieved from http://www.press.umich.edu/jep/works/McKniSecur.html. (Also in Lee W. McKnight and Joseph P. Bailey (ed.), "Internet Economics." MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1996.)

Commentary

Reagle, J. (2016, April 17). Comments on articles are valuable. So how to weed out the trolls? The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/commentisfree/2016/apr/17/comments-articles-trolls-moderate-community

Reagle, J. (2015, October 13). MetaFilter and emotional labor (Die trolle werden aussterben). (N. Boeing, Trans.) ZEIT Wissen, (6). Retrieved from http://reagle.org/joseph/2015/09/MF-emotional-labor.html

Reagle, J. (2015, October 2). The problem with rating people on the new app Peeple. The Conversation. Retrieved from http://theconversation.com/the-problem-with-rating-people-on-the-new-app-peeple-48491

Reagle, J. (2015, April 30). The social graph won't save us from what's wrong with online reviews. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/the-social-graph-wont-save-us-from-whats-wrong-with-online-reviews-40743

Reagle, J. (2014, June 10). Verklempt: Historically informed digital ethnography [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://ethnographymatters.net/blog/2014/06/10/verklempt-historically-informed-digital-ethnography/

Reagle, J. (2005). Trust in electronic markets. First Monday, Special Issue #3: Internet Banking, E-Money, and Internet Gift Economies. Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1509/1424

Reagle, J. (1998). The Web as a global forum. Open Systems Standards Tracking Report: Newsletter on Information Technology and Telecommunications Standardization, 7(1).

Reagle, J. (1997). Bridging the trust gap. WIRED, 5(03). Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/1997/03/ideacutees-fortes-11/

Technical Reports and Standards

Boyer, J., Eastlake, D. E., & Reagle, J. (2002). Exclusive XML canonicalization version 1.0 (Recommendation). W3C. Retrieved from http://www.w3.org/TR/xml-exc-c14n/

Eastlake, D., Reagle, J., & Solo, D. (2002). XML-Signature syntax and processing (Recommendation). W3C. Retrieved from http://www.w3.org/TR/xmldsig-core/. (Also as IETF RFC3275.)

Boyer, J., Eastlake, D. E., & Reagle, J. (2002). Exclusive XML canonicalization version 1.0 (Recommendation). W3C. Retrieved from http://www.w3.org/TR/xml-exc-c14n/

Boyer, J., Hughes, M., & Reagle, J. (2002). XML-Signature XPath filter 2.0 (Recommendation). W3C. Retrieved from http://www.w3.org/TR/xmldsig-filter2/

Cranor, L., Langheinrich, M., Marchiori, M., Presler-Marshall, M., & Reagle, J. (2002). The platform for privacy preferences 1.0 (P3P1.0) (Recommendation). W3C. Retrieved from http://www.w3.org/TR/P3P/

Reagle, J. (2001). A P3P assurance signature profile (Note). W3C. Retrieved from http://www.w3.org/TR/xmldsig-p3p-profile/

Reagle, J. M., Weitzner, D. J., Rein, B. D., Stephens, G. T., & Lebowitz, H. C. (1999). Analysis of P3P and US Patent 5,862,325 (Note). W3C. Retrieved from http://www.w3.org/TR/P3P-analysis

Reagle, J., & Weitzner, D. (1998). Statement on the intent and use of PICS: using PICS well (Note). W3C. Retrieved from http://www.w3.org/TR/xmldsig-p3p-profile/


Presentations

International

— & Lindin, E. (2015, June). “Counter speech” breakout report. Invited participation at International Workshop on Misogyny and the Internet. Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.

— (2014, May). “‘Anita’s law’ and the feminist social media scholar.” Refereed submission to Workshop on Feminist Approaches to Social Media Research at ICA 2014. Seattle, WA.

— (2013, May). “Online cooperation: The case of wikipedia.” Keynote at Workshop on Examples of Successful Cooperation at the Institute for Advanced Study: Centre for Global Cooperation Research. Duisburg, Germany.

— (2012, October). “410 Gone: Infocide in Open Content Communities.” Refereed presentation at Research 13.0 Session 016: Leaving; Exits and Death Online. Salford, UK.

— (2011, August). “Wikipedia and|or? prophecy fulfilled, happy accident, informational apocalypse.” Keynote at Wikimania 2011. Haifa, Israel. (See video.)

— (2010, March). “Wikipedia and encyclopedic anxiety.” Invited presentation in Encyclopedic Histories panel at Critical Points of View. Amsterdam, Netherlands. (See video.)

— (2002, May). “The status/design of XML Signatures and Encryption.” Presentation at Eleventh International World Wide Web Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii. Also, at Distributed Systems Technology Centre; Sydney, Australia; October 2002.

— (1999, November). “Internet NG and its impact on society.” Presentation at The 21st Century Program, Keio University. Kanagawa, Japan.

— (1998, April). “The other P in P3P: Global policy and the P3P vocabulary.” Presentation at the Asia Pacific Forum on Privacy and Personal Data Protection. Hong Kong.

— (1997, February). “Technical constraints of regulating commercial activity on the internet.” Presentation at Regulating Commercial Activity on the Internet. Nice, France.

National

— (2016, April). “Geek policing: ‘Fake geek girls’ and contested attention.” Refereed presentation at Theorizing the Web. New York, NY.

— (2016, March). “Profiling a troll: Who they are and why they do it.” Invited panelist at SXSW Interactive Online Harassment Summit. Austin, TX.

— (2016, February). “Best practices in online communities.” Invited panelist at Beyond Comments: Building Better Conversations. Massachusetts Institute of Technologies. Cambridge, MA.

— (2015, November). “Naive meritocracy and contested privilege.” Refereed presentation at NCA 2015. Las Vegas, NV.

— (2014, March). “The obligation to know: The flip-side of free knowledge.” Refereed presentation at LibrePlanet 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technologies. Cambridge, MA.

— (2010, October). “Good faith collaboration: The culture of wikipedia.” Book talk at Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. (See video.)

— (1999, January). “Why the Internet is good: The internet as an instrument of policy formation.” Presentation at Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. Cambridge, MA.

Regional

— (2016, April). “Life hacking & cognitive style.” Invited presentation to Northeastern University chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery. Boston, MA.

— (2015, December). “Life hacking: The quest for an optimized life.” Invited presentation at Northeastern CAMD “Food for Thought”. Boston, MA.

— (2015, September). “ENGL 380: Topics in Writing Studies” (Skype). Illinois University. Urbana-Champagne, Illinois.

— (2015, July). “What nonprofits can (and cannot) learn from Wikipedia.” Invited presentation at Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable. Boston, MA.

— (2015, May). “Comment’s mysteries” (video). Invited presentation at MIT Center for Civic Media. Cambridge, MA.

— (2014, November). “Gamergate townhall”. Northeastern. Presentation and facilitation at Northeastern University. Boston, MA.

— (2014, January). “What’s up with comments?” Volunteered presentation at Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.

— (2013, December). “Bibliography and bitrot.” Refereed presentation at Technologies and/of Text Roundtable. New Media in American Literary History Symposium. Northeastern University. Boston, MA.

— (2013, November). “Geek knowing: From FAQ to Feminism 101” (video). Invited presentation at Microsoft Research. Cambridge, MA.

— (2013, February). “Free as in sexist? The gendergap in Free Culture” Invited presentation at UMass Amherst. Amherst, MA.

— (2011, October). “Wikipedia: Friend or foe?” Invited presentation at Northeastern University Open Access Week. Boston, MA.

— (2009, December). “Wikipedia as a reliable source of health information.” Invited presentation at NYU College of Dentistry. New York, NY.

— (2009, February). “In good faith: Wikipedia collaboration and the pursuit of the universal encyclopedia.” Invited presentation at Information Law Institute ITS Colloquium, New York University Law School. New York, NY.

— (2006, March). “Encyclopedias, copyright, and plagiarism.” Guest lecture in Copyright, Culture, and Commerce at New York University. New York, NY.

— (2002, November). “A personal history of internet policy.” Invited presentation at Technology and Policy Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, MA.

— (2001, February). “URIs and Web architecture.” Guest lecture in E-Commerce Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, MA.


Awards and Honors

Research honorarium, Evaluating Creative Production In Digital Environments. 2012-2013.

Doctoral Summer Research Grant, Steinhardt School of Education. Summer 2007.

Doctoral Fellow, Steinhardt School of Education. 2003-2006.

Technology Review: Selected as a member of TR100, “a unique gathering of today’s top young (under 35) innovators and key leaders in technology and business.” May 2002.

digitalMASScom: Selected as a Digital Master, “Profiles of local techies making news, breaking new ground, or just doing interesting stuff.” 2000.


Service

Northeastern University

University Service

2011-2013 Library Operations and Policy Committee

2012-2013 Participation in Open Access Week

College Service

2016 CAMD Teaching Excellent Award Committee

2012-2013 CAMD Media Symposium Committee

Department Service

2014-2015 Curriculum Committee

2014 Academic Specialist Promotion Committee

2013 Faculty Search Committee (Three searches)

2012-2013 Student recruitment

2011 Faculty Search Committee

Public Service

2013-2015 The Ada Initiative Advisory Board

Professional Activities

Journals

2016 New Media & Society

2016 Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology

2015 New Media & Society

2015 PLOS One

2014 New Media & Society

2014 Information & Culture: A Journal of History

2013 Sociological Forum

2013 Journal of Peer Production (review)

2013 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST)

2012 International Journal of Communication

2011 International Journal of Learning and Media

2006 Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

2005 Journal of Systems and Software

2003 Journal of Electronic Commerce Research (JECR), Security and Ecommerce Special Issue

2002 IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering

Presses

2013, 2014 JHU Press

2011, 2012 MIT Press

Foundations

2012, 2013 NSF

Conferences

2012 Wikipedia Academy (Program Committee)

2012 WikiSym (Program Committee)

2010 CHI 2011

2010 AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media2011

2009 43nd Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-43)

2009 The 1st Wiki-Conference New York (Program Committee)

2008 WikiSym2009 2011 (Program Committee)

2006 Wikimania2008 (Program Committee)

2006 Toward a More Secure Web - W3C Workshop on Usability and Transparency of Web Authentication

2005 Thirty-Ninth Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

2003 WWW2003 Security and Privacy (Program Committee)

2002 WWW2002 Electronic Commerce and Security (Program Committee)