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Anna Lauren Hoffmann

CV Assistant Professor
Mary Gates Hall 330H
Phone: 206-616-1198


  • Data Ethics


  • INSC 598 - Special Topics In Information Science


Anna Lauren Hoffmann's work centers on issues in information, data, and ethics, with particular attention to the ways in which discourses, design, and uses of information technology can promote or hinder the pursuit of important human values like respect and justice. She examines how the standards and categories imposed on the world through data, information, and technological systems (or the ways we talk about them) can discriminate by supporting the development of self-respect for some and hindering its development for others. In addition, she's interested in the development and application of research ethics and professional codes of ethics for data scientists, online researchers, and technology developers.

Publications and Contributions

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Beyond distributions and primary goods: Assessing applications of rawls in information science and technology literature since 1990 (2017)
    Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Volume 68, Issue 7, Page 1601–1618 Author: Anna Lauren Hoffmann
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Data, Technology, and Gender: Thinking About (And From) Trans Lives (2017)
    Spaces for the Future: A Companion to Philosophy of Technology, Page 3–13 Author: Anna Lauren Hoffmann
  • Conference Proceeding
    Imagining Intersectional Futures: Feminist approaches in CSCW (2017)
    Companion of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Authors: Sarah Fox, Amanda Menking, Stephanie Steinhardt, Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Shaowen Bardzell
  • Conference Proceeding
    Challenges and Futures for Ethical Social Media Research (2016)
    AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM): Workshop Authors: Casey Fiesler, Stevie Chancellor, Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Jessica Pater, Nicholas John Proferes
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Constructing and enforcing "authentic" identity online: Facebook, real names, and non-normative identities (2016)
    First Monday, Volume 21, Issue 6 Authors: Oliver L. Haimson, Anna Lauren Hoffmann
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Digitizing Books, Obscuring Women’s Work: Google Books, Librarians, and Ideologies of Access (2016)
    Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, Volume 9 Authors: Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Raina Bloom
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Google Books, libraries, and self-respect: Information justice beyond distributions (2016)
    The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, Volume 86, Issue 1, Page 76–92 Author: Anna Lauren Hoffmann
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Preface: A decade of Web 2.0 - Reflections, critical perspectives, and beyond (2016)
    First Monday, Volume 21, Issue 6 Authors: Michael Zimmer, Anna Lauren Hoffmann
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Privacy, Intellectual Freedom, and Self-Respect: Technological and Philosophical Lessons for Libraries (2016)
    Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice, Page 49–69 Author: Anna Lauren Hoffmann
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Recasting Justice for Internet and Online Industry Research Ethics (2016)
    Authors: Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Anne Jonas
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Recovering the History of Informed Consent for Data Science and Internet Industry Research Ethics (2016)
    Authors: Elaine Sedenberg, Anna Lauren Hoffmann
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    “Making the world more open and connected”: Mark Zuckerberg and the discursive construction of Facebook and its users (2016)
    New Media & Society, Page 1–20 Authors: Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Nicholas Proferes, Michael Zimmer
  • Ph.D. Thesis
    Google books as infrastructure of in/justice: Towards a sociotechnical account of Rawlsian justice, information, and technology (2014)
    Author: Anna Lauren Hoffmann
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, Volume 4 Authors: Michael Zimmer, Anna Lauren Hoffmann