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Hong Shen

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

Office: 2602J Newell-Simon Hall


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.

NEWS
04/2020.
Excited to have received an Amazon Research Award to work on supporting public understanding of algorithmic decisions with Jason Hong!
04/2020.
05/2019.
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.
12/2017.
"The Social and Policy Dimensions of AI: A Comparative Perspective," 2017 AI Frontiers Workshop in Silicon Valley (NSF Center for Big Learning).
11/2016.
I was selected as a Google Policy Fellow.

RESEARCH

My research primarily focuses on (1) social and policy implications of emerging technologies; and (2) global Internet industry and policy.

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.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
  • Shen, H. (May 2019). "State Capitalism" or "China Inc."?: The "Going Out" of China's Internet Industry. Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) , Washington, D.C.
  • Shen, H. (June, 2018). The rise of Ant Financial: The Double Articulation of "platformization" and "infrastructuralization" in China. Annual Conference of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) , Eugene, Oregon.
  • Shen, H. (May 2018). "The Communist just beat us at Capitalism?": The "internationalization" of Alibaba. Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) , Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Shen. H. (May 2017). Decoding the "Wuzhen Summit": China and global Internet governance in a post-Snowden cyberspace. Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) , San Diego, CA.
  • Shen, H. (November 2016). Beyond the "Giant Cage" metaphor: China and the global Internet, 1987-2015. Annual Conference of the National Communication Association (NCA) , Philadelphia, PA. [Top Paper award]
  • Shen, H. (July 2015). The "going out" of China’s Internet industry: The case of Alibaba. Annual Conference of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) , Montreal, Canada.
  • Shen, H. (November 2014). From WSIS to WCIT-12: A "Chinese model" of global Internet governance? Annual Conference of the National Communication Association (NCA) , Chicago, IL.
  • Shen, H. & Diesner, J. (November 2014). Semantic network analysis of the public discourse on censorship in China. Annual Conference of the National Communication Association (NCA) , Chicago, IL.
  • Shen, H. (June 2014). The political economy of global Internet governance: A China centric study. The 12th Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC12), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Shen, H. (May 2014). Beyond Cyber-sovereignty? China’s policies toward global Internet governance (1987-2012). Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) , Seattle, WA.
TEACHING

Carnegie Mellon Univeristy (Instructor)

  • Fall 2018/2019: AI for Public Policy (90-769), School of Public Policy and Management, Heinz College.