Britt Paris


Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science


Alexander Library 408A

Britt S. Paris is a critical informatics scholar using methods from discourse analysis and qualitative social science to study how groups build, use, and understand information systems according to their values, and how these systems influence evidentiary standards and political action.  


University of California - Los Angeles
PhD, Information Studies

The New School
MA, Media Studies


Paris' research and teaching emphasize the following themes:

  • Interrogating contemporary discourse and practice around using data-driven technology to solve growing social, political, and environmental problems.
  • Uncovering ethical and aesthetic assumptions built into Internet infrastructure.
  • Understanding the labor, economics, and systems of power that undergird today’s information and communication landscape.
  • Pro-social 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 new technological systems that might better support the future we want.

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Selected Publications

Paris, B. (Forthcoming 2021). "Technics of Time: Values in Future Internet Development," eds. Stine, K. and Vollmar, A. Hardwired Temporalities, Amsterdam University Press: Amsterdam.

Paris, B. and Donovan, J. (September, 2019) Deepfakes & Cheap Fakes: The Manipulation of Audio and Visual Evidence. Data & Society Research Institute.

Paris, B. (August, 2018). Finding Time in the Future Internet. First Monday. 23(8).

Currie, M. and Paris, B. (June, 2018). Back-ups for the Future: Archival Practices for Data Activism. Archives and Manuscripts 46(2).

Currie, M., Paris, B., Pasquetto, I. V., and Pierre, J. (August, 2016). The Conundrum of Police Officer-Involved Homicides: Counter-Data in Los Angeles County. Special Issue on Critical Data Studies, Big Data & Society 3(2).

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