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Hong Shen

Systems Scientist
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

Office: 2602J Newell-Simon Hall
Admin: Diana Rotondo

I am a Systems Scientist at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. I received my PhD in Media and Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017.

Serving as a Program Committee Associate Chair for CSCW 2021.
Serving as a Program Committee Member for ACM FAccT 2021.
Excited to have received an Amazon Research Award to work on supporting public understanding of algorithmic decisions with Jason Hong!
Together with Nina Balcan, Jason Hong, and Ariel Procaccia, we received a grant from Block Center for Technology and Society to study public perceptions of fairness in AI and machine learning.


My research primarily focuses on:

Social and Policy Implications of Emerging Technologies

I am interested in exploring the social, ethical and policy dimensions of emerging digital technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Read our position paper on how to engage members from publics into high-stakes algorithmic decision-making.

Global Internet Industry and Policy

Book project: Beyond the "Giant Cage" Metaphor: The Rise of Global Digital China

I'm also working on a book project on the policy and political economy of China's outward expansion in global cyberspace. Based on my PhD dissertation, it examines the multifaceted interactions between China and the global internet in the past three decades, especially China's outward cyber expansion, or the "going out" program that has gained momentum since the mid-2000s, and explores the changing social class relations that accompany and shape this new movement.

Social and Policy Implications of Emerging Technologies

Global Internet Industry and Policy


Carnegie Mellon Univeristy (Instructor)

  • 90-769/90-442: Critical AI Studies for Public Policy (Fall 2018/2019/2020), School of Public Policy and Management.
  • 05-499: Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, Ethics (FATE) in Sociotechnical Systems (Fall 2020), School of Computer Science (co-teach with Jason Hong).