Britt S. Paris is a critical informatics scholar studying the political economy of information infrastructure, as it relates to evidentiary standards and political action. Previously, she has published work on Internet infrastructure projects, artificial intelligence-generated information objects, digital labor, and civic data, analyzed through the lenses of political economy, cultural studies, and feminist social epistemology. View Paris' CV.
University of California - Los Angeles
PhD, Information Studies
The New School
MA, Media Studies
Paris' research and teaching emphasize the following themes:
- Critically investigating contemporary discourse and practice around using data-driven technology to solve growing social, political, and environmental problems.
- Uncovering political, ethical, and aesthetic assumptions built into Internet infrastructure.
- Understanding the labor, economics, and systems of power that undergird today’s information and communication landscape.
- Organizing alternatives to market-driven information systems design.
These streams of research focus on developing a broader understanding of the social, political, economic, and historical forces that have shaped our current information and communication environment to allow us to envision sociotechnical systems that might better support a future worth fighting for.
Centers, Labs, Working Groups, and Clusters
Paris, B., Cath, C., & Myers-West, S. (2023). Radical Infrastructure: Building Beyond the Failures of Past Imaginaries for Networked Communication. New Media + Society.
Paris, B., Carmien, K., and Marshall, M. (May, 2022). “We Want to Do More, But…” New Jersey Public Library Approaches to Misinformation. Library and Information Science Research (LISR), 44(2).
Paris, B. (December, 2021). Configuring Fakes: Digitized Bodies, the Politics of Evidence, and Agency. Social Media + Society, 1-13.
Paris, B. (January 2021). Time constructs: Design ideology and a future internet. Time & Society. 30(1):126-149.
Paris, B. (November, 2020). The Internet of Futures Past: Values Trajectories of Networking Protocol Projects. Science, Technology & Human Values 46 (5), 1021-1047.