Facebooking in "face": Complex identities meet simple databases

Mark Handel, Rena Bivens, Jed R. Brubaker, Oliver L. Haimson, Jessa Lingel, Svetlana Yarosh

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Online systems often struggle to account for the complicated self-presentation and disclosure needs of those with complex identities or specialized anonymity. Using the lenses of gender, recovery, and performance, our proposed panel explores the tensions that emerge when the richness and complexity of individual personalities and subjectivities run up against design norms that imagine identity as simplistic or one-dimensional. These models of identity not only limit the ways individuals can express their own identities, but also establish norms for other users about what to expect, causing further issues when the inevitable dislocations do occur. We discuss the challenges in translating identity into these systems, and how this is further marred by technical requirements and normative logics that structure cultures and practices of databases, algorithms and computer programming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2015 Companion - Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference Companion on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450329224
ISBN (Print)9781450329460
StatePublished - Feb 28 2015
Event18th ACM Conference Companion on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2015 Companion - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Mar 14 2015Mar 18 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW


Conference18th ACM Conference Companion on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2015 Companion


  • Facebook
  • Gender
  • Online identity
  • Performance
  • Social networking sites


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