I study digital governance and behavior change in groups and networks shaped by algorithms. I also organize citizen behavioral science with communities of millions toward a world where the power of digital technology is guided by evidence and accountable to the public.
Recent Articles and Posts
- Matias, J. N., Al-Kashif, R., Kamin, J., Klein, M., Pennington, E. (2020) 💗Volunteers Thanked Thousands of Wikipedia Editors to Learn the Effects of Receiving Thanks. Citizens and Technology Lab (preprint)
- Matias, J. N., Simko, T., Reddan, M. (2020) Reducing the Silencing Role of harassment in Online Feminism Discussions 🎯😷. Citizens and Technology Lab
- Matias, J.N. (2020) Why We Need Industry-Independent Research on Tech & Society 🍔. Cornell Citizens & Technology Lab.
- Zuckerman, E., Matias, J. N., Bhargava, R., Bermejo, F., & Ko, A. (2019). Whose Death Matters? A Quantitative Analysis of Media Attention to Deaths of Black Americans in Police Confrontations, 2013–2016. International Journal of Communication, 13, 27.
- Blog announcement: Whose deaths matter? New research on Black Lives Matter and media attention
- Matias, J. N. (2019). Preventing harassment and increasing group participation through social norms in 2,190 online science discussions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(20), 9785-9789.
- Blog announcement: Posting rules in science discussions prevents problems & increases participation, Civilservant.io
- Jacobs, Tom (May 10, 2019) A simple way to reduce harassment in online discussion groups, Pacific Standard
- J. Nathan Matias, Julia Kamin, and Max Klein (2019) 🌍😻🥤 Kittens, Baklava, and Bubble Tea: How Wikipedians Thank Each Other in Different Languages ( read this post in Deutsch, فارسی, polski, عربي, Español)
- J. Nathan Matias, Austin Hounsel, and Melissa Hopkins (2018) Do big Social Media Platforms Have Effective Ad Policies?. TheAtlantic.com
- Matias, J. N., & Mou, M. (2018, April). CivilServant: Community-Led Experiments in Platform Governance. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (p. 9). ACM.
- The Obligation to Experiment: Tech companies should test the effects of their products on our safety and civil liberties. We should also test them ourselves, by Allan Ko, Merry Mou, and J. Nathan Matias
Guide for Journalists & Event Organizers
As someone who regularly gives keynotes, appears on panels, and commits acts of journalism, I do what I can to support high quality conversation on tech and society: as a speaker, as a source, and by helping you find experts.
I have spoken at TED, Aspen, Wikimania, the Mozilla Festival, the Veritas Forum, and many universities around the world. I have given invited talks at tech firms including Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook, Reddit, Disqus, and others. I and my work have been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, NPR’s All Things Considered, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, FastCompany, the Boston Globe, and more.
As a Guatemalan-American who does research and action to advance diverse representation in tech and media, I decline to participate in all-male or mostly-male events and if needed, I can sometimes suggest more diverse speakers. I also collaborate with journalists on data journalism projects related to tech companies, their policies, and online behavior.
For questions related to the Citizens and Technology Lab and my academic work at Cornell, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.