New ways of meeting and keeping in contact with each other, such as social media, present us with a whole new set of information on which we can base our judgments of others.
Judith Donath synthesizes knowledge from urban design, evolutionary biology and cognitive science to design innovative interfaces for online communities and virtual identities. She is the author of The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online (MIT Press) and is known for her writing on identity, interface design and social communication. Formerly director of the MIT Media Lab Sociable Media Group, she is the creator of many pioneering online social applications, and currently she is an advisor at Harvard’s Berkman-Klein Center, and is working on a book about technology, trust and deception. She has received her doctoral and master’s degrees in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.