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Tarleton Gillespie

Adjunct Associate Professor

Areas of Interest

Social contexts and implications of information technologies; law, policy, and technological change; public discourse in a digital environment

Biography

Tarleton Gillespie is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the Department of Information Science at Cornell University. His first book, Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture, was published by MIT Press in 2007. He is the co-editor (with Pablo Boczkowski and Kirsten Foot) of Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society (MIT, 2014). He is also the co-founder of the blog Culture Digitally. His current work considers the sociological implications of social media platforms and algorithms; his next book (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2017) examines how social media police the public discourse and social activity on their platforms, and how their approaches to doing so has broader implications for freedom of expression and the character of public discourse. 

Publications

For a complete list of publications, please see Tarleton Gillespie’s home page. Below is a list of select, recent works.

• Gillespie, Tarleton. Platforms Intervene. Yale University Press (under contract: anticipated publication, 2017)

• Gillespie, Tarleton. “Platforms Intervene.” Social Media and Society (v1n1, 2015). 

• Gillespie, Tarleton, Pablo Boczkowski, and Kirsten Foot, eds. Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society. MIT Press (2014)

• Crawford, Kate and Tarleton Gillespie. “What is a Flag For? Social Media Reporting Tools and the Vocabulary of Complaint” New Media & Society (online, 2014) 

• Gillespie, Tarleton. “The Relevance of Algorithms.” In Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society, edited by Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo Boczkowski, and Kirsten Foot: MIT Press, 2014. 

• Gillespie, Tarleton, Pablo Boczkowski, and Kirsten Foot. “Introduction.” In Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society, edited by Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo Boczkowski, and Kirsten Foot: MIT Press, 2014. 

• Jackson, Steve, Tarleton Gillespie, and Sandy Payette. “The Policy Knot: Re-integrating Policy, Practice and Design in CSCW Studies of Social Computing.” Proceedings of CSCW 2014 (New York: ACM Press): 588-602.

• Gillespie, Tarleton. “Can an Algorithm Be Wrong?” Limn, v2, 2012. 

• Gillespie, Tarleton. “The Politics of ‘Platforms.’” New Media & Society (v12n3, May 2010): 347-364. 

• Gillespie, Tarleton. Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (2007; paperback, 2009)