I collaborate on technology, research, and communities which empower people to become more creative, more effective, and more informed. I'm a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media and an affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard.
PhD Candidate, MIT Media Lab
Affiliate, Berkman-Klein Center, Harvard
Association for Computing Machinery (publications)
2013-2016: Fellow, Berkman-Klein Center, Harvard
2014-2015: Fellow, DERP Institute
2013: Research Intern, Microsoft Research Fuse Labs
2012-13: Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
2006-08 Davies-Jackson Scholar
B.A., M.A. Cambridge University
SwiftKey: Predictive Text
Dressipi: Fashion Fingerprint
Matias, J. Nathan. (2016) Going Dark: Social Factors In Collective Action Against On- line Platforms in the reddit Blackout. CHI 2016. ACM Press. Best Paper Honorable Mention
Matias, J. Nathan, Sayamindu Dasgupta, and Benjamin Mako Hill. (2016) Skill Progression in Scratch Revisited. Proceedings of the Conference on Computer Human Interaction (CHI). ACM Press.
Spiro, E. S., Matias, J. N., & Monroy-Hernandez, A. (2016) Networks of Gratitude: Structures of Thanks and User Expectations in Workplace Appreciation Systems. Proceedings of the Tenth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM).
Matias, J. Nathan and Hannah Wallach. (2016) Working Paper: Modeling Gender Discrimination by Online News Audiences. Computation + Journalism Symposium, Columbia University.
Matias, J. N Nathan, Amy Johnson, Whitney Erin Boesel, Brian Keegan, Jaclyn Freedman, and Charles DeTar. (2015). Reporting, reviewing, and responding to harassment on Twitter. Double-blind peer review committee chaired by Zeynep Tufekci.
Matias, J.N.; Agapie, E; D'Ignazio, C. Graeff, E. Challenges for Personal Behavior Change Research on Information Diversity. CHI 2014 Position Paper, Personalized Behavior Change Workshop
Matias, J.N. Monroy-Hernandez, A. NewsPad: Designing for Collaborative Storytelling in Neighborhoods (CHI 2014 WIP)
Matias, J.N. (2016) A toxic web: what the Victorians can teach us about online abuse. The Guardian, April 18, 2016.
Matias, J.N. (2015) Which Boston Neighborhoods Are Worst at Holiday Cooking?. Boston Magazine, November 24, 2015.
Matias, J.N. (2015) Were All Those Rainbow Profile Photos Another Facebook Study?. The Atlantic, June 28, 2015.
Matias, J.N. (2015) The Tragedy of the Digital Commons: Advocates for fairer, safer online spaces are turning to the conservation movement for inspiration. The Atlantic, June 8, 2015.