Kate Crawford

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Kate Crawford
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Born1976 (age 45–46)
Known forWriter, composer, and academic

Kate Crawford (born 1976)[1] is a writer, composer, producer and academic. Crawford is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research (Social Media Collective),[2] the co-founder and former director of research at the AI Now Institute at NYU,[3] a visiting professor at the MIT Center for Civic Media,[4] a senior fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU,[5] and an associate professor in the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.[6][7] She is also a member of the WEF's Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development.[8] Her research focuses on social change and media technologies, particularly on the intersection of humans, mobile devices, and social networks. She has published on cultures of technology use and the way media histories inform the present.[9]


Crawford was previously part of the Canberra electronic music duo B(if)tek (along with Nicole Skeltys) and released three albums between 1998 and 2003.[10][11] Crawford co-founded the Sydney-based Deluxe Mood Recordings record label[12] and is a member of the Clan Analogue music collective.[10]

As a writer Crawford has written for The Sydney Morning Herald[13] and Foreign Policy.[14] She was a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development[15] and in March 2008 she was selected as one of 1000 Australians to attend the Australia 2020 Summit in Canberra on 19–20 April 2008.[16]

She is a member of the feminist collective Deep Lab.[17][18]

Academic work[edit]

Crawford has a PhD from the University of Sydney. In 2006 her book based on this dissertation, Adult Themes – Rewriting the Rules of Adulthood,[19] won the individual category of the Manning Clark National Cultural Award[20][21] and in 2008 she received the biennial medal for outstanding scholarship from the Australian Academy of the Humanities.[22]

Crawford has spoken and published academic papers on such topics as social media,[23][24][25][26] government regulation of media content,[27] the interplay between gender and mobile devices,[28] young people and sexting,[29] and big data.[30] She has given keynote addresses at venues such as the 2013 O'Reilly Strata Conference[31] and the 2013 DataEDGE conference hosted by the University of California, Berkeley School of Information.[32][33] She co-authored a book called "Understanding the Internet: Language, Technology, Media, and Power" in 2014.[34]

In 2017 Crawford established the research institute AI Now Institute with Meredith Whittaker.[35] It is associated with New York University Tandon School of Engineering.[36]

In 2019 she was the inaugural holder of the AI & Justice visiting chair at École Normale Supérieure in Paris, in partnership with Fondation Abeona. She published a book Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence through Yale University Press in 2021.[37] Her article, "Artificial Intelligence Is Misreading Human Emotion",[38] was shortlisted for The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing in 2022.[39]


  1. ^ "Kate Crawford | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Kate Crawford – Microsoft Research". Microsoft Research. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Studying Artificial Intelligence At New York University". NPR. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Kate Crawford | MIT Center for Civic Media". MIT. Archived from the original on 23 August 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  5. ^ "NYU Law – Information Law Institute: People". New York University School of Law. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  6. ^ "JMRC Staff". University of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Kate Crawford on Mobile Social Media and Attention | Berkman Center". Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development 2014-2016". Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Mobility Shifts :: Kate Crawford". The New School. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  10. ^ a b "B(if)tek | Clan Analogue". Clan Analogue. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Dark Network". Dark Network. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Kate Crawford – FORA.tv Speaker". FORA.tv. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  13. ^ Crawford, Kate (13 May 2013). "Is big data all it's cracked up to be?". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  14. ^ Crawford, Kate (9 May 2013). "Think Again: Big Data Why the rise of machines isn't all it's cracked up to be". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Communicating your Research". Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  16. ^ "Australia 2020 Summit – Alphabetical list of delegates" (PDF). Australia 2020 Summit. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  17. ^ Wendy Syfret (20 July 2015). "exploring feminist hacktivism with deep lab". i-d.vice.com. i-d Vice. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  18. ^ "About Us". deeplab.net. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  19. ^ Crawford, Kate (2006). Adult Themes – Rewriting the Rules of Adulthood. Australia: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 9781405037389.
  20. ^ "Previous years winners | Manning Clark House". Manning Clark House. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  21. ^ Allington, Patrick (28 October 2006). "Adult Themes / NEO Power". The Australian. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  22. ^ "Crawford Medal". Australian Academy of the Humanities. Archived from the original on 18 April 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  23. ^ Evers, Clifton Westley; Kath Albury; Paul Byron; Kate Crawford (2013). "Young People, Social Media, Social Network Sites and Sexual Health Communication in Australia: "This is Funny, You Should Watch It". International Journal of Communication. 7: 263–280. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  24. ^ Crawford, Kate. "Always with me: how mobile and social media are changing us". So, What? Public lectures in contemporary humanities and social sciences. University of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  25. ^ Crawford, Kate (2010). "What's Happening? Banality and Intimacy in Mobile and Social Media" (PDF). Humanities Australia (1): 64–70. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 September 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  26. ^ Goggin, Gerard; Kate Crawford (2010). "Moveable Types: Youth and the Emergence of Mobile Social Media in Australia" (PDF). Media Asia. 37 (4): 224–231. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  27. ^ Crawford, Kate; Catharine Lumby (2013). "Networks of Governance: Users, Platforms, and the Challenges of Networked Media Regulation". International Journal of Technology Policy and Law. 2 (1). SSRN 2246772.
  28. ^ Tacchi, Jo; Kathi R. Kitner; Kate Crawford (2012). "Meaningful Mobility: Gender, Development and Mobile Phones". Feminist Media Studies. 12 (4): 528–537. doi:10.1080/14680777.2012.741869.
  29. ^ Albury, Kath; Kate Crawford (2012). "Sexting, consent and young people's ethics: Beyond Megan's Story". Continuum. 26 (3): 463–473. doi:10.1080/10304312.2012.665840.
  30. ^ boyd, danah; Kate Crawford (2012). "Critical Questions for Big Data". Information, Communication & Society. 15 (5): 662–679. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2012.678878. hdl:10983/1320.
  31. ^ Crawford, Kate. "Algorithmic Illusions: Hidden Biases of Big Data". Strata Conference: Making Data Work. O'Reilly. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  32. ^ "Schedule – DataEDGE Conference". University of California, Berkeley School of Information. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  33. ^ Hardy, Quentin (1 June 2013). "Why Big Data Is Not Truth". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  34. ^ Chris Chesher, Kate Crawford, and Anne Dunn (2014). Understanding The Internet: Language, Technology, Media, Power. Palgrave Macmillan UK. ISBN 9781403947420.
  35. ^ "About". ainowinstitute.org. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  36. ^ "People". ainowinstitute.org. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  37. ^ "Yale University Press". Yale Books. Yale University. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  38. ^ Crawford, Kate (27 April 2021). "Artificial Intelligence Is Misreading Human Emotion". The Atlantic. Retrieved 11 October 2022.
  39. ^ "Announcing the UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing 2022 Shortlist & Student Prize Winner". UNSW Press. October 2022. Retrieved 11 October 2022.

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