I am a computational social scientist who works with millions of people in citizen behavioral science toward a fairer, safer, more understanding internet. I advance this work through CivilServant and as a postdoc at Princeton University departments of Psychology, Sociology, and Center for Information Technology Policy.
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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Psychology, Sociology, and Center for IT Policy
2017: PhDMIT Media Lab with Ethan Zuckerman
2016-2017: 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. Sarah Szalavitz, and Ethan Zuckerman. FollowBias: Supporting Behavior Change toward Gender Equality by Networked Gatekeepers on Social Media.. CSCW 2017. ACM Press (see video)
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.