Karen Louise Smith

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Toronto
MA, Simon Fraser University
BA, McMaster University

Office: SBH 316
905-688-5550 x6497 
karen.louise.smith@brocku.ca

Karen Louise Smith (PhD University of Toronto) conducts research that explores the themes of openness, privacy and participation in digital society. Karen teaches courses related to social media, surveillance, and new media policy issues. Karen is published in journals such as Surveillance & Society, and participates with open source software communities as part of her research.

I’m interested in supervising projects in the areas of:

  • internet research
  • privacy
  • open source culture
  • technology policy
  • civic technology
  • Smith, K. L. (2019). Our Community Hacks: Exploring Hive Toronto’s Open Infrastructures. In Making Our World: Hacker and Maker Movements in Context (Eds. Schrock, A. & Hunsinger, J.) Peter Lang.
  • Smith, K. L. and Shade, L. R. (2018). Children’s Digital Playgrounds as Data Assemblages: Problematics of Privacy, Personalization and Promotional Culture. Big Data & Society. Available online
  • Smith, K. L., Shade, L. R. & Shepherd, T. (2017). Open Privacy Badges for Digital Policy Literacy. The International Journal of Communication. 11: 2784-2805. Available online
  • Smith, K. L. (2017). Social Innovation Partnerships: An Opportunity for Critical, Activist Scholarship. Canadian Journal of Communication. 42(1): 99-112. Available online
  • Smith, K. L. & Belshaw, D. (2015). Exploring Net Neutrality with Mozilla Webmaker. In Online Case Study for The Civic Media Project associated with The Civic Media Reader (Eds. Gordon, E. and Mihailidis, P.) Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press. Available online
  • Social media
  • Data and society
  • Technology policy