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  • Mon

    [Talk] Priyank Chandra and Lindsay Blackwell

    12:00 pm - 01:00 pmNQ 3100 (The Ehrlicher Room), North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor MI 48109


     Priyank Chandra


    Priyank Chandra is a doctoral candidate at University of Michigan’s School of Information. His current research is at the intersection of pirate infrastructures, institutions, and technology adoption. He holds a BE in electronics engineering and MS in economics, with prior experience in data analytics and education research.


    The paper analyzes the warez scene, an illegal underground subculture on the Internet, which specializes in removing copy protection from software and releasing the cracked software for free. Despite the lack of economic incentives and the absence of external laws regulating it, the warez scene has been able to self-govern and self-organize for more than three decades. Through a directed content analysis of the subculture’s digital traces, the paper argues that the ludic competition within the warez scene is an institution of collective action, and can, therefore, be approached as a common-pool resource (CPR).

    Subsequently, the paper uses Ostrom’s framework of longenduring common-pool resource institutions to understand the warez scene’s longevity and ability to govern itself. Theoretical and design implications of these findings are then discussed.

    Lindsay Blackwell


    Lindsay Blackwell is a PhD student in UMSI's Social Media Research Lab. Her research explores misbehavior in online communities, including trolling and online harassment. Prior to graduate school, Lindsay directed award-winning social media campaigns for local and national clients, including I Love New York. Lindsay is also a fellow with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter (@linguangst) or by visiting


    Increasing numbers of American parents identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Shifting social movements are beginning to achieve greater recognition for LGBT parents and more rights for their families; however, LGBT parents still experience stigma and judgment in a variety of social contexts. We interviewed 28 LGBT parents to investigate how they navigate their online environments in light of these societal shifts. We find that 1) LGBT parents use social media sites to detect disapproval and identify allies within their social networks; 2) LGBT parents become what we call incidental advocates, when everyday social media posts are perceived as advocacy work even when not intended as such; and 3) for LGBT parents, privacy is a complex and collective responsibility, shared with children, partners, and families. We consider the complexities of LGBT parents’ online disclosures in the context of shifting social movements and discuss the importance of supporting individual and collective privacy boundaries in these contexts. Full paper:

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