Lindsay Poirier

Science and Technology Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Lindsay Poirier is an M.S./PhD student in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI; Troy, NY).  Her research considers how digitally mediated logics for analyzing social data shape particular understandings of the social world.  Poirier is currently engaged in a research project seeking to design digital infrastructure for conducting collaborative ethnographic research.  Notably, the project aims to “ab-use” the affordances of the Web to construct a digital ethnographic research environment better attuned to silences and a politics of representation.  She is also a member of the Web Science Research Center, situated in the Tetherless World Constellation at RPI.


Elzabi Rimington

Web Science CDT
University of Southampton

Elzabi is a Web Science PhD student at the University of Southampton, with a BA(Hons) and an MSc from the same institution. Her primary research interest is the reconstruction of real-world social facts in virtual worlds, in particular through discourse and interpersonal communications. Her methodologies are primarily qualitative, with ethnography and IPA playing a central role. She has further interests in discussions of gender, feminism, and misogyny in digital environments, as well as online community cohesion and social capital. She is currently writing a treatise theorising pick-up artists as cultural autodidacts, attempting to model GamerGate communities, and is a teaching assistant in sociological theory.


Dr. Katharina E. Kinder-Kurlanda

GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda is a cultural anthropologist with a minor degree in computer science working on the topics of big data epistemology and interdisciplinarity. At Websci’14 she argued that users and their complex contexts become invisible too often and should be put in the center of attention to ensure applicability of analyses. Katharina works at GESIS in Germany where she bridges social science and computer science research approaches to Web Science. She teaches at the Web Science Institute WeST at Koblenz University.