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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 communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. You can find my publications on my Google Scholar page.

My small book Alibaba: Infrastructuring Global China is now officially published.
Excited to working on our new "collective algorithm auditing" project with my incredible colleagues (Motahhare Eslami, Ken Holstein, Jason Hong, Adam Perer, and Nihar Shah). Thanks to NSF, Amazon Research and Cisco Research for the support!
Serving as an Area Chair for ICLR 2021 Workshop on Responsible AI .
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!


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.

  • Global Internet Industry and Policy
  • Book project: 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).
  • Starting from summer 2020, I'm writing an op-ed column for The Paper/澎湃 on "The Sociology of AI/AI社会学" (in Chinese).