Karine Nahon

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Affiliate Associate Professor
Phone: 206.685.6668
Fax: 206.616.3152


  • Information Policy
  • Politics of Information
  • Social Networks


Karine Nahon is an associate professor in the Information School at University of Washington, and in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. She is the director of the Virality of Information (retroV) research group and a member of the Social Media Lab (SoMe Lab), former director of the Center for Information & Society, adjunct faculty at the department of Communication and affiliated faculty at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement at University of Washington. Her research focuses on politics of information and information policy. More specifically, she studies five intertwined areas: (1) information flows (2) network gatekeeping; (3) digital divide/s and inequalities; and (4) cultured technology and (5) Open Government. Her academic background is rooted in multiple disciplines: Political science, computer science, information science, sociology and Management of InformaGV_Covertion Systems. Karine Nahon is the author of the book Going Viral (with Jeff Hemsley). The book won the ASIS&T Best Information Science Book Award. Her papers are published in top-tier journals like JASIS&T, ARIST, JCMC, The Information Society and Information, Communication & Society. She developed well-recognized theoretical frameworks like Network Gatekeeping Theory. Karine serves as an expert in decision-making forums (nationally and internationally) and is publicly active on topics of open government. She acts as a member of the Israeli CIO (Chief Information Officer) Cabinet, and board member of NGOs that promote transparency and accountability like the Freedom of Information Movement, the Workshop for Open Knowledge and Wikimedia in Israel. In the past she represented Israel in the UN in the committee for science and technology. She co-chairs the digital and social media track and the social networking and communities minitrack at HICSS.


  • Ph D, Management of Information Systems, Tel Aviv University, 2004
  • MSC, Tel Aviv University, 2000
  • BSC, Tel Aviv University, 1997


  • Finkler Prize - Teldan Information Systems, 2015
  • Outstanding Academic Title - Choice Magazine, ALA, 2015
  • Information Science Book Award - ASIS&T, 2014
  • Outstanding Academic Titles Award - ALA, 2014
  • Researchers 'against the stream' - The Marker (the biggest economic magazine in Israel), 2014


  • American Society for Information Science & Technology
  • American Sociological Association
  • Association for Information Systems
  • Association for Information Systems, Israeli Chapter
  • Association of Internet Researchers
  • International Center for Information Ethics
  • Internet Society, Israel Internet Association

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Paper Data Ships: An Empirical Examination of Open (Closed) Government Data (2015)
    48th Hawaiian International Conference in System Sciences Authors: Karine Nahon, Alon Peled
  • Conference Paper Towards Open Data for Public Accountability: Examining the US and the UK Models (2015)
    iConference 2015 Authors: Alon Peled, Karine Nahon
  • Research Report Biometric Identification: A Benefit-Risk Analysis of Israelis Application (2014)
    Privacy & Security Research Papers Series, Issue 11; Project PACT, EU FP7 Programme Authors: Jay Levinson, Avi Domb,
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal Political Blogs and Content: Homophily in the Guise of Cross-Linking (2014)
    American Behavioral Scientist Authors: Karine Nahon, Jeffery Hemsley
  • Book, Scholarly-New Going Viral (2013)
    Authors: Karine Nahon, Jeffery Hemsley
  • Conference Paper Comparing Networked Social Movements: Spain & Israel (2012)
    ANN-SONIC Fourth International Seminar on Network Theory: Networked Social Movements and Network Theory in USC Authors: Karine Nahon, Manuel Castells
  • Conference Paper Information Movements in Networked Spaces: A Model of Networked Private and Public Spaces (2012)
    Internet Research 12 Authors: Beth Patin, Jeffery Hemsley, Karine Nahon
  • Conference Paper Negotiating Cultural Values in Social Media: A Case Study from Wikipedia (2012)
    45th Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS2012) Authors: J T Morgan, Robert Mason, Karine Nahon
  • Conference Paper Power and Network Social Movements (2012)
    Internet Research 13 (IR-13) Authors: Karine Nahon, Castells Manuel
  • Conference Paper The Missing Link: Intention to Produce Online Content Accessible to People with Disabilities by Non-Professionals (2012)
    45th Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS2012) Authors: Karine Nahon, Izak Benbasat, C Grange
  • Conference Paper Understanding Smart Cities: An Integrative Framework (2012)
    45th Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS2012) Issue 4 page 2289-2297 Authors: Hans Jochen Scholl, Hafedh Chourabi, Taewoo Nam, Shawn Walker, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Sehl Mellouli, Karine Nahon, Theresa Pardo
  • Conference Workshop Paper VBAA: A Method for Surfacing Values in Distributed Online Collaboration (2012)
    Workshop on Values in Human-Centered Computing at CHI 2012 Authors: Jonathan T. Morgan, Robert Mason, Jeffery Hemsley, Karine Nahon
  • Conference Paper Blogs: Spinning a Web of Virality (2011)
    ACM Digital Library Authors: Karine Nahon, Shawn Walker, Muzammi Hussain, Jeffery Hemsley
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal Fifteen Minutes of Fame: The Power of Blogs in the Life Cycle of Viral Political Information (2011)
    Policy & Internet Volume 3 Issue 1 page Article 2 Authors: Karine Nahon, Jeffery Hemsley, Shawn Walker, Muzammi Hussain
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal Fuzziness of Inclusion/Exclusion in Networks (2011)
    International Journal of Communication Volume 5 page 756-772 Author: Karine Nahon
  • Conference Paper Information Movements in Networked Spaces: A Model of Networked Private and Public Spaces (2011)
    Internet Research 12 (IR-12) Authors: Beth Patin, Jeffery Hemsley, Karine Nahon
  • Conference Paper Lifting the Veil: The Expression of Values in Online Communities (2011)
    ACM Digital Library Authors: Jonathan Morgan, Robert Mason, Karine Nahon
  • Conference Paper Translation into Hebrew of: Morgan, J., Mason, R., & Nahon, K. (2011). Lifting the Veil: The Expression of Values in Online Communities (2011)
    ISOC-IL (Internet Society Association in Israel) Magazine Volume 11 Issue 4 Author: Karine Nahon
  • Conference Paper It's Not for Us, It's for them: A Case Study of Wikipedia Values in Practice (2010)
    Internet Research Authors: Jonathan Morgan, Robert Mason, Karine Nahon
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New Electoral Politics on Social Media: The Israeli Curse
    Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics Authors: Sharon Haleva-Amir, Karine Nahon
  • Conference Paper The Open Government Data Heart Beat of Cities
    International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government Authors: Karine Nahon, Alon Peled, Jennifer Shkabatur


  • "Digital Diplomacy" (2015)
    Diplomacy Begins Here, World Affairs Council
  • "Elections and Social Networks" (2015)
    Tel Aviv University
  • "Elections and Social Networks" (2015)
  • "Going Viral" (2015)
  • "Going Viral" (2015)
    Idea Propagation in a Networked World, Conspiracy and Democracy Project
  • "Going Viral" (2015)
    Hebrew University
  • "A Question of Transparency: The promise of Technology for Freedom and Security" (2014)
    Art, Society, and Technology Annual Conference, Israeli Center for Digital Art??
  • "Big: Culture and Data in the Digital Field, University of California, Irvine" (2014)
    University of California - Irvine Center for Ethnography and the Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing
  • "Going Viral" (2014)
    Cambridge University
  • "Going Viral" (2014)
    Research Conversations, iSchool
  • "Going Viral" (2014)
    Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics Speaker Series, Indiana University
  • "Going Viral" (2014)
    Opening Ceremony of Graduate Programs in Government and Political Communication, ICESI University
  • "Information Flows in Networks: A Few Words on Critical Surfing" (2014)
    Industry Without Borders
  • "Politics of Big Data" (2014)
    Forum of Security Forces
  • "Some Teasers for Power and Information in Networks" (2014)
    Valle University
  • "Surfing the Waves of Virality" (2014)
    International Film Festival, Tel Aviv
  • "The Information Society: Trends" (2014)
    Yad Ben-Zvi Center
  • "Viral Information" (2014)
    12th Annual Conference of Inter-University Center of E-Learning
  • "Virality and Social Networks" (2014)
    Israeli Defense Force
  • "Virality, Polarization, and Incitement in Social Networks" (2014)
    Annual Conference of the Information Systems Branch in the Defense Ministry in Israel
  • "Workshop: Research on Social Media" (2014)
  • "Behind the Scenes of Information Flows in Social Networks" (2013)
    The annual workshop of managers of information systems
  • "Behind the Scenes of Information Flows in Social Networks" (2013)
    The Annual Conference of the Israel Chamber of System Analysts
  • "Behind the scenes: Information flows in networks" (2013)
    Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government (CeDEM)
  • "Going Viral" (2013)
    Israel Business Conference
  • "Information flows and power in online professional communities" (2013)
  • "Network Gatekeepers" (2013)
    The Annual Conference for Judges
  • "Privacy and New Media: Ethical and legal genres" (2013)
    Ariel Conference for new media and ethics
  • "Research on Social Media" (2013)
  • "Social media research ethics & methods" (2013)
    Internet Research 2014
  • "Social Networks as leverage for public accountability" (2013)
    Annual conference of the Israeli Association for Program Evaluation
  • "Social Networks: Challenging structure and activity of public institutions" (2013)
    Social work in the era of social networks
  • "The Biometric Database: A View from the Frontlines of the Struggle" (2013)
    Minerva Lecture Series on Cyber Security and Human Rights
  • "The gender gap in Wikipedia" (2013)
    Wikipedia Academy
  • "The New Anti-Semitism in Light of Social Networks" (2013)
    The Interdisciplinary Center
  • "Viral Political Information and the Blogosphere: Some Lessons Learned about Power and Homophily" (2013)
  • "Virality and Social Structure" (2013)
    6th ESRL Symposium
  • "30,000,000 Occupation Tweets: a Hashtag Co-occurrence Network Analysis of Information Flows" (2012)
    Internet Research 13.0, AoIR
  • "Equality and Openness?" (2012)
    The 1st Annual Pirate Conference in Israel
  • "Freedoms and Inequality in Social Networks" (2012)
    Annual opening event in the Hebrew University
  • "Issues in Social Media Research" (2012)
    Internet Research 13.0, AoIR
  • "Networks and Illusions of Democracy" (2012)
    Democracy in Networks conference
  • "Politics of Networks" (2012)
    The 25th hour lecture series
  • "Politics of Networks" (2012)
    Annual conference of the ministry of social affairs and social services
  • "Politics, Information and Social Protests" (2012)
    The Nordau lecture series
  • "Roundtable about the biometric database act in Israel" (2012)
    The Science Museum
  • "Social Media Confidential: Exposing the Details of Social Media Data Collection and Cleaning" (2012)
    Internet Research 13 (IR-13)
  • "The Biometric Database: An Opportunity or a Risk?" (2012)
    30th Annual conference of the information community
  • "The fight against the biometric database in Israel" (2012)
    The Interdisciplinary Center
  • "Viral Information and Political Campaigns?" (2012)
    Open University
  • "Viral Political Information and the Blogosphere: Some Lessons Learned about Power and Homophily" (2012)
    The Interdisciplinary Center
  • "Who is Afraid of Social Networks?" (2012)
    Annual conference of directors of departments of education of municipalities
  • "Wikipedia and Social Networks" (2012)
    Workshop of the ministry of social affairs and social services
  • "Addressing Policy of Open Government In the Israeli Government" (2011)
    The Open Government Rountable in Israel
  • "Biometric Surveillance in a Comparative Perspective" (2011)
    Cost Action: Living in a Surveillance Societies, University of Haifa
  • "Blogs and Political Viral Information" (2011)
    UW Department of Communication Guest Lecture
  • "Dynamics of Information Virality" (2011)
    Google Lecture
  • "E-book: Trends and Meanings" (2011)
    A workshop of Professional Librarians
  • "Freedom of Information and Participation in Public Decision Making" (2011)
    Annual conference of Commissioners of freedom of information in the public sector in Israel
  • "New Media in the Age of Revolutions: Environment and Society as a Reflection of Digital Culture" (2011)
    Pratt Award ceremony for Environmental Journalism
  • "Power dynamics and information flows in networks" (2011)
    Trapped in the Network: Social Networks Dynamics, Open University
  • "The Impact of the Internet on Political Processes" (2011)
    Annual conference of judges
  • "The Role of the Internet in Social Protest" (2011)
    A Symposium of the Top-rank Officers of the Israeli Prison Services
  • "Tipping point for the Israeli Internet" (2011)
    ISOC-IL with Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia
  • "Uncovering Social Dynamics in Networks through Intertwined Methods and Frameworks" (2011)
    JITP 2011: The Future of Computational Social Science
  • " A tale of Political Blogs and Content" (2010)
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • "Dynamics of Viral Information in the Blogosphere" (2010)
    Information School, University of Toronto
  • "Internet Governance" (2010)
    Internet Society, Israel Internet Association
  • "Network Gatekeeping" (2010)
    Sociology department, Haifa University
  • "Social Networks Workshop panelist" (2010)
    Social Networks Panel, HICSS - Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (IEEE)
  • "The Fuzziness of Inclusion/Exclusion: Network Gatekeeping Theory" (2010)
    Network Theory Seminar, ANN - Annenberg Networks Network
  • "A Comparative Analysis of Biometric Database" (2009)
    The Biometric Database Panel, The Interdisciplinary Center
  • "Digital Diplomacy: The Era of Social Communication and the Networked Society" (2009)
    Meeting of Foreign Ministry Staff, Foreign Ministry of Israel
  • "E-Commerce and e-Government: How Do They Compare? What Can They Learn From Each Other" (2009)
    Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
  • "Libraries as Public Spaces for E-Government" (2009)
    Meeting, Israel Center for Libraries
  • "Digital Natives" (2008)
    Seattle Innovation Symposium, University of Washington
  • "Let's get Wild: Building a National Research and Service Agenda for Community Technologies and Networking" (2008)
    Annual Conference: Futures: Systems, Selves, Society, iSchools Caucaus
  • "Network Gatekeeping Identification and Salience Theory" (2007)
    Research Seminar, Communications Department, University of Washington
  • "Similarities and Differences of E-Commerce and E-Government: Insights from a Pilot Study" (2007)
    DUB research seminar, University of Washington
  • "Social Computing as Co-created Experience" (2007)
    Annual Meeting, ASIS&T - American Society for Information Science & Technology
  • "E-Government and Politics" (2006)
    Interdisciplinary Center
  • "Measurement of Access to Knowledge" (2006)
    Conference on Access to Knowledge, Yale Law School
  • "Online Collective Action" (2006)
    Symposium on Social Movements & Online Collective Action, University of Washington
  • "Politics and Ethics of Information as a Reflection of iSchool Identity" (2006)
    Annual Conference: Research Frontiers in Information, iSchools Caucaus
  • "Politics of Power in the Ne" (2006)
    Research seminar, Bar-Ilan Universit
  • "Search Engines and Social Desig" (2006)
    The Law of Search Engines, Haifa Center of Law and Technology
  • "Similarities and Differences of E-Commerce and E-Government: Insights from a Pilot Study" (2006)
    Research seminar, Haifa University
  • "Toward a Global University: Concrete Steps" (2006)
    Global Affairs retreat, University of Washington
  • "Cultured Technology and Religious Fundamentalism" (2005)
    Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science, University of Haifa
  • "Digital Divide Dimensions" (2005)
    Seminar, World Summit of the Information Society
  • "Gatekeepers and Gatekeeping" (2005)
    The Future of Society in a World of Open Information: Internet and Another Kind of Politics, Sapir College
  • "Gatekeepers and Gatekeeping Mechanisms in Networks" (2005)
    Industry Talk, IBM Research Labs
  • "Gatekeeping and Information Control in Networks: The Case of Virtual Communities" (2005)
    MIS Seminar, College of Business and Economics, Washington State University
  • "Managing Government Program Risk" (2005)
    The Government IT Summit
  • "Patterning Virtual Activities" (2005)
    Meeting with the Italian delegation, Israeli Ministry of Communication
  • "Strategies for Bridging the Digital Divide: the Israeli Case" (2005)
    First National Bank (FNB)