Research by the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry focuses on (but not exclusively):

  • Critical information studies
  • Racial and gender bias in algorithms
  • Commercial Content Moderation (CCM)
  • Socio-cultural, economic and ethical implications of information in society
  • Race, gender and sexuality in information communication technologies
  • Digital platforms and democracy
  • Digital technology and internet policy
  • Information workers and labor rights

Research Projects


Led by Dr. Stacy Wood

LabLab is a multidisciplinary lab for critical research, creative practice, community engagement and intervention around the role of forensic science and technology across the U.S. criminal legal system.

We see expertise as a site of power and are committed to understanding how it is constructed and performed, the histories and economies involved in expert witness testimony and the roles of emergent technology. Forensic science and technology is a cornerstone of how the criminal legal system legitimates itself and as such needs to be a fundamental part of any analysis of that system. We are interested in: critical histories of forensic science, standards and technology; participatory action research and ethnography; analyses of expert witness testimony; investigations into the criminal legal industrial ecosystem and critical database studies. If you have an idea for a project or would like to know more, please contact Dr. Wood (email).


Augmenting Social Media Content Moderation

Led by Dr. Sarah T. Roberts with support by the National Science Foundation /learn more

Human Rights, Racism, and Emerging Tech Workshop

Co-led by Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble in collaboration with the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law /read report

Landlord Threats During COVID-19

Co-led by Dr. Matt Bui in partnership with Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab (Princeton) /visit playbook

Special Programs

Minderoo Initiative Impact Fund

Led by Dr. Stacy Wood with support by Minderoo Foundation /meet 2021 awardees

Minderoo Initiative Summer Institute

Co-led by Dr. Stacy Wood and the Tech Impact Network nodes with support by Minderoo Foundation /coming soon

Feminist.AI Community Programs

Led by Feminist.AI in partnership and collaboration with C2i2 /see ’21 – ’22 program lineup

UCLA Partners

Community Partners