Hanlin Li (李函霖)

Hanlin Li is an assistant professor in the School of Information at UT Austin. Her research aims to inform policy and design interventions to incentivize responsible data collection and use. She examines the societal and economic impact of data generated by the public, from rating data to social media comments. Her work sits at the intersection of data governance and human-computer interaction. Li holds a Ph.D. in Technology and Social Behavior from Northwestern University. She publishes in ICWSM, ACM CHI, ACM CSCW, and ACM FAccT. Her work has been featured in national and international media. 


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Contact Info 

Email: lihanlin@utexas.edu 

Twitter: @hanlinliii

CV - Jan 2023 

Fall 2023 Office Hours
Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am
UTA 5.444

Work with me
I accept Ph.D. students through the Ph.D. program in Information Studies. I am currently looking for students interested in quantitative methods, user-generated content, online communities, and system building.
Current UT students may complete independent study course credits with me and should feel free to reach out via email. 

- Oct 2023, CSCW! 


Jun 2023 - Some media mentions of our research on content moderation labor: The Washington Post, Vice, NBC, and Business Insider. Also, another paper on data labor was referenced by MIT Tech Review

Apr 2023 - The last piece of my dissertation, the Dimensions of Data Labor, is accepted at ACM FAccT 2023. 

Apr 2023 - talked to Justin Phillips from SF Chronicle about the labor theft behind AI. 

Jan 2023 - A lot happening! Defended my dissertation, moved to the bay area, gave a talk at CHIWORK, joined Berkeley, did some science writing

August 2022 – Our workshop, Ethical Tensions, Norms, and Directions in the Extraction of Online Volunteer Work, is accepted at CSCW 2022. Join us in discussing the relationship between online volunteers and the tech industry! Submit your poster by Sep 28 to guarantee a presentation slot.

June 2022 – Some news coverage on our ICWSM papers: NY Times, German NPR, Coda, and NewScientist.

June 2022 – Our paper on measuring the monetary value of online volunteer work won an award – best paper honorable mention at ICWSM!

June 2022 – Check out the press release for our papers on content moderation! Will be presenting these studies in person at ICWSM’22!

April 2022 – Our paper on responsible AI licensing accepted at FAccT’22. PDF forthcoming.

March 2022 – Completed my TAship for a Social Network Analysis class for undergrads and master’s students at NU. What an interesting panel of final projects!

March 2022 – Two papers on content moderation labor accepted at ICWSM’22. PDFs forthcoming. See you in Atlanta, GA!

March 2022 – Will be at this CHI workshop on AI and outsourcing this Apr to talk about my dissertation research on data governance and its implications on AI.

January 2022 – I taught a workshop for non-CS undergrads at NU. It teaches students to use data science skills to challenge common assumptions around rating systems. 

October 2021 – I was selected to participate in the 2021 Rising Stars in EECS Workshop at MIT!

March 2021 – Our FAccT paper (led by Nick Vincent) was in the news: Fortune and MIT Technology Review.

January 2021 – New paper accepted to FAccT!

November 2020 – Our restaurant rating paper got covered by Business Insider!

October 2020 – I presented our restaurant rating paper and my doctoral consortium poster at CSCW!

June 2020 – I was a panelist on Data-Driven Economy for All at the annual RadicalxChange conference. Plus, had a lot of fun learning from this community!

January 2020 – I stayed on as the Design Chair for the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT)!

August 2019 – My second CSCW paper got accepted! My co-authors and I report more on how people protest tech companies. 

August 2018 – My first CSCW paper got accepted! I built and deployed a browser extension that helps you protest web platforms.

June 2018 – I will be participating in the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science – Chicago Site.

December 2017 – My paper about activists’ identity work in the virtual Disability March (with amazing co-authors Disha Bora, Sagar Salvi, Erin Brady) got accepted by CHI 2018. Looking forward to visiting Montréal in April!

September 2017 – My paper about how immigrant-focused nonprofit organizations use Twitter during political conflicts is accepted by ACM Group 2018. Excited to visit Florida in January!

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