Sarah T. Roberts will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday, March 14th. Roberts is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies (Graduate School of Education & Information Studies) at UCLA. She holds a Ph.D. from the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining UCLA in 2016, she was an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University in London, Ontario. On the internet since 1993, she was previously an information technology professional for 15 years, and, as such, her research interests focus on information work and workers. Professor Roberts is internationally recognized as a leading scholar on the emerging topic of commercial content moderation or CCM, a term she coined to define the field study around the large-scale, industrial and for-pay practice of social media user-generated content adjudication. Roberts is frequently consulted by the press and others on issues related to social media, society and culture. She has been interviewed on these topics in print, on radio and on television worldwide including: The New York Times, Associated Press, Le Monde, The Economist, the BBC, the CBC, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Wired, The Washington Post, News Corp Australia, Asahi Shimbun (Japan), and CNN, among others. Dr. Roberts was recently elected to the board of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. In December of 2017 she is hosting All Things in Moderation on the UCLA campus, a first-of-its-kind conference to bring researchers, civil society advocates, workers, journalists and industry representatives together to discuss issues pertaining to social media moderation. Her book on commercial content moderation, entitled Behind the Screen: Digitally Laboring in Social Media’s Shadow World, is under contract with Yale University Press.
Bergis Jules will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, March 15th. Jules is the University Archivist at the University of California, Riverside, where he is also the Project Director for Inland Empire Memories, a consortium of local cultural heritage organizations. He is the Community Lead on the Documenting the Now project, which seeks to develop tools and practices that support the ethical collection, use, and access to web and social media archival content. Documenting the Now is a project that was inspired by the protests and activism in Ferguson, MO sparked by the killing of Michael Brown in August 2014. Jules helps to lead two IMLS supported national forum projects, “Diversifying the Digital Historical Record” which concluded in October, 2017 and the upcoming “National Forum on Ethics and Archiving the Web” in March, 2018. Jules‘ work is primarily related to supporting and promoting community based archives as legitimate sites for historical collections and preservation, and the radical inclusion of people of color and other marginalized groups in our shared digital cultural heritage. His previous community archives work includes leading projects at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium at the University of Chicago and developing the D.C. Africana Archives Project at George Washington University. He is currently a doctoral student in the Public History program at the University of California, Riverside where his research is focused on representations of African Americans in archives of the web. He received an M.A. in Library and Information Science and an M.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University.