Research Publications and Presentations

Refereed Publications

Janaki Srinivasan, Megan Finn and Morgan Ames, “Information determinism: The consequences of the faith in information,” The Information Society, forthcoming.

Megan Finn and Elisa Oreglia, “A Fundamentally Confused Document: Situation Reports and the Work of Producing Humanitarian Information,” Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), March 2016. Winner, Best Paper Award.

Kate Crawford and Megan Finn. “The limits of crisis data: analytical and ethical challenges of using social and mobile data to understand disasters,” GeoJournal. DOI 10.1007/s10708-014-9597-z. November 2014.

Megan Finn, Janaki Srinivasan, Rajesh Srinivasan. “Seeing with Paper: Government documents and material participation,” Materiality of information, documents and work Mini-track. HICCS. January 2014. [Winner of best paper award in the “Digital and Social Media” track.]

Megan Finn. “Information Infrastructure and Descriptions of the 1857 Fort Tejon Earthquake. Information and Culture: a Journal of History 48(2), May 2013.

Daniel Kreiss, Megan Finn, and Fred Turner. “The Limits of Peer Production: Some Reminders from Max Weber for the Network Society.”  New Media & Society. 13(2) 243-259, 2011.

Ito, Mizuko, Sonja Baumer, Matteo Bittanti, danah boyd, Rachel Cody, Becky Herr, Heather A. Horst, Patricia G. Lange, Dilan Mahendran, Katynka Martinez, C.J. Pascoe, Dan Perkel, Laura Robinson, Christo Sims, and Lisa Tripp. (with Judd Antin, Megan Finn, Arthur Law, Annie Manion, Sarai Mitnick, Dave Schlossberg and Sarita Yardi). Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media. Cambridge: MIT Press. 2010. My masters research contributed to the book.  I wrote the section “The Techne-Mentor” pp59-60.

Henry Chesbrough, Shane Ahern, Megan Finn, & Shane Guarrez. Business Models for Technology in the Developing World: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations. California Management Review 48(3): 48-61. 2006

Nancy Van House, Marc Davis, Morgan Ames, Megan Finn, & Vijay Viswanathan. The Uses of Personal Networked Digital Imaging: An Empirical Study of Cameraphone Photos and Sharing. In Extended Abstracts of CHI 2005, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM Press, April 2005.

Marc Davis, Nancy Van House, Jeff Towle, Simon King, Shane Ahern, Carrie Burgener, Dan Perkel, Megan Finn, Vijay Viswanathan, and Matthew Rothenberg. “MMM2: Mobile Media Metadata for Media Sharing.” In Extended Abstracts of CHI 2005, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM Press, April 2005.     

Edited Volumes

Megan Finn and Ben Light, editors, “AoIR [Association of Internet Researchers] Special Issue,” Information, Communication and Society 19(6). March 2016.

Megan Finn and Ben Light, “Introduction: Imagining the InternetInformation, Communication and Society 19(6). March 2016.

Workshop/Conference Presentations (Refereed Abstracts, Posters and Papers)           

“Information Infrastructure and Resilience in American Disaster Plans,” The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience: Structures, Practices and Epistemologies Workshop at Singapore National Technical University. June 2016.

“The production and circulation of earthquake knowledge in 1868 California,” Knowledge Infrastructure Workshop. University of Washington. Seattle, WA. December 2015.

“Repair in a World of Risk.” Repair Workshop at Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S). Denver, CO. November 2015.

“Public News Bots? Creating Networked News Time in Automated Journalism” (with Mike Ananny). Automated Actors Online: Algorithms and Bots, presenter. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S). Denver, CO. November 2015.

“Making Twitter Datasets and the “God Eye” of Social Media Research,” In Politics by other means, presenter. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S). Denver, CO. November 2015.

“’I am so anxious to hear’: improvising information infrastructure.” SIGCIS at Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). Albuquerque, NM. October 2015.

“Accounting for people post-earthquake,” History of Data Workshop at Columbia University. New York, NY. April 2015.

“Beyond Information Determinism to Information Orders: A New Framework for Policy.” Poster (with Janaki Srinivasan and Morgan Ames), iConference, Newport Beach, CA. March 2015.

“Time as Information Infrastructure.” Panel: Disaster Time: Critical perspectives on crisis informatics and the temporal aspects of disasters. Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL. April 2014.

“Changing Publishing Practices in iSchools,” (with Ryan Shaw and Shawn Walker), workshop organizer, iConference. Berlin, March 2014.

“Imagined Information Practices: Information determinism and disaster response.” Panel: Information and Communication Technologies, Aspiration and Identity. Society for the Social Study of Science. San Diego, CA. October 2013.

“Recognizing Invisible Infrastructure: Data Centers and Hurricane Sandy,” (with Ashwin Mathews and Kate Crawford). Panel organizer and presenter: (Invisible) Internet Infrastructure Labor. Association of Internet Researchers. Denver, CO. October 2013.

“The Challenges of Crisis Data,” (with Kate Crawford). Panel: Social Media in Crisis Communication, Association of Internet Researchers. Denver, CO. October 2013.

“Post-Disaster Information and Communication Practices: plans and technologies.” Track: Emerging Scholars Network. International Association of Media and Communication Researchers. Dublin, Ireland. June 2013.

“The Ontological and Epistemological Limits of Crisis Data” (with Kate Crawford). Track: Crisis Communication. International Association of Media and Communication Researchers. Dublin, Ireland. June 2013.

“Disaster Response Plans as Material Politics.” Workshop: Governing Technology: Material Politics and Hybrid Agencies. Stanford, CA. May 2013.

“Privacy in the Context of Crisis Information Flows” (with Andrés Monroy- Hernández). Panel: Croudsourcing Crisis in the GeoWeb: A Critical Look. Association of American Geographers. Los Angeles, CA. April 2013.

“Accounting for people after a disaster: then and now.” Panel: The Politics of Algorithms. Society for the Social Studies of Science. Copenhagen, Denmark. October 2012. ALSO: Association of Internet Researchers. Manchester, UK. October 2012.

“Post-Earthquake Information Practices in 1868 California.”  Panel: Exploring Network Mobilities. Society for the History of Technology.  Cleveland, OH. November, 2011.

“Situation Reports and the Politics of Information Sharing in Emergencies” (with Elisa Oreglia). Panel: The Politics of Uncertainty: Disasters and STS. Society for the Social Studies of Science. Cleveland, OH. November, 2011.

“The Informational State.” Panel organizer and presenter. iConference 2011. Seattle, Washington. February 2011.

“1857 California Post-Earthquake Information Practices.”  Poster.  iConference 2011. Seattle, Washington. February 2011.

“Post-disaster information environments: the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.” Poster.  iConference 2008. University of California, Los Angeles. February 2008.

“Information Standards and Creativity During Extreme Events.” Workshop Paper.  2007 ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition. Washington, D.C. June 2007.

“Information Systems and Data Standards.” Colloquium.  ISCRAM 2007 International Conference on Information Systems for  Crisis Response and Management. Delft, Netherlands. May 2007.

“Information and Communication Challenges for Responding to Crises.” Panel: The Will of Science and Technology in States of Decay. Society for the Social Studies of Science. Vancouver, Canada. November 2006.

Research Reports

Megan Finn, Elisa Oreglia, Nick Rabinowitz and John Ward.  “Situation Reporting at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.  May 2008. http://groups.ischool.berkeley.edu/sitrep/dl/BerkeleySitrepReport.pdf
http://groups.ischool.berkeley.edu/sitrep/dl/BerkeleySitrepReportAnnexes.pdf
Follow up report: “Situation Reports at OCHA, 2009.”  September 2009.  http://groups.ischool.berkeley.edu/sitrep/dl/SituationReportsatOCHA2009.pdf

Mizuko Ito, Heather A. Horst, Matteo Bittanti, danah boyd, Becky Herr-Stephenson, Patricia G. Lange, C.J. Pascoe, and Laura Robinson
(with Sonja Baumer, Rachel Cody, Dilan Mahendran, Katynka Martínez, Dan Perkel, Christo Sims, and Lisa Tripp.) Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning, November 2008. Available online: http://digitalyouth.ischool.berkeley.edu/report. Report includes research from my project, Freshquest: http://groups.ischool.berkeley.edu/ikids/freshquest/

Peter Lyman with Alison Billings, Sarah Ellinger, Megan Finn and Dan Perkel. Literature Review Kids’ Informal Learning and Digital-Mediated Experiences. White paper for the MacArthur Foundation. 2005. Available online: http://www.exploratorium.edu/research/digitalkids/digital.html

Nancy Van House, Marc Davis., Yuri Takhteyev, Morgan Ames, & Megan Finn.  The Social Uses of Personal Photography: Methods for Projecting Future Imaging Applications. 2004. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.87.4893&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Nancy Van House, Marc Davis, Yuri Takhteyev, Nathan Good, Anita Wilhelm, and Megan Finn. From ‘What?’ to ‘Why?’: The Social Uses of Personal Photos. 2004. Available online: http://people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~vanhouse/van%20house_et_al_2004a.pdf