Judith Donath synthesizes knowledge from urban design, evolutionary biology and cognitive science to design innovative interfaces for on-line communities and virtual identities. She is the author of The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online (MIT Press, 2014) and is known for her writing on identity, interface design, and social communication. Formerly the director of the MIT Media Lab's Sociable Media Group, she is the creator of many pioneering online social applications; her work and that of the Sociable Media Group have been shown in museums and galleries worldwide. Currently, she is an advisor at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center and is working on a book about technnology, trust and deception

She received her doctoral and master's degrees in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and her bachelor's degree in History from Yale University.


Harvard University's Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society


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