About the Project

Augmenting Social
Media Content Moderation

Supported by the National Science Foundation
Led by Dr. Sarah T. Roberts

International research will complement the work of the new Center for Critical Internet Inquiry at UCLA.

Sarah T. Roberts, an assistant professor at UCLA’s Department of Information Studies, has been awarded part of a $1.5 million Future of Work Grant by the National Science Foundation for her research on decision making processes and supports for tech workers who moderate online content. Roberts, a groundbreaking media scholar who will serve as co-principal investigator of the study, with Donghee Yvette Wohn from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Libby Hemphill of the University of Michigan iSchool, will receive $300,000 of the NSF grant, in partnership with iSchools at the University of Michigan and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

  • Read the UCLA award announcement in full
  • Learn more about the Future of Work initiative

Project Team

Dr. Sarah T. Roberts

Sarah T. Roberts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, at UCLA. She was recently appointed a Research Associate to the Oxford Internet Institute as well as invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cyber Policy (at Chatham House). She holds a Ph.D. from the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Yvonne M. Eadon

Yvonne M. Eadon holds an MLIS from and is a doctoral candidate in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research exists at the intersection of conspiracy theory scholarship, information seeking and behavior, and archival studies. Her most recent publication is forthcoming in a special issue of Knowledge Organization devoted to Politics, Culture, and the Organization of Knowledge.

Ruth Livier

Ruth Livier is an UCLA Information Studies doctoral candidate, and earning a DH certificate. Her research is at the intersection of digital technologies, Latinx communities, media, and social justice. Forthcoming publications include a book chapter in the volume The Intersectional Internet II: Power, Politics and Resistance Online (2021); edited by Safiya Noble, Sarah T. Roberts, Brooklyne Gipson, and Sulafa Zidani. She returns to academia with a 20+year career in the entertainment industry.

Megan Riley

Megan Riley is a recent graduate of UCLA’s MLIS program focusing on labor in LIS, special collections, and archives; she was co-president of SAA @ UCLA and co-chair of UCLA’s SCA student chapter, 2019-2020. Megan begins doctoral studies in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies in Fall 2020 focusing on labor issues in libraries, archives, and museums, particularly precarious labor. She is committed to police-free libraries, and is currently organizing to demand LAPL divest from and terminate its relationship with LAPD.

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