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Alexander Halavais is Associate Professor of Data & Society at Arizona State University, where he researches ways in which automation and datafication change the nature of learning and allow for new forms of collaboration and self-government. He directs the MA in Social Technologies / Data & Society program. The second edition of his Search Engine Society was published by Polity in 2017, and he has published more than fifty articles and book chapters on the relationship of emerging technologies to social change. He is working on a book tentatively titled Automating Revolution.

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Alexander Halavais is a researcher, teacher, and creator, interested in ways of helping form communities of creativity, freedom, and justice. In particular, he helps people to discover ways in which automation and datafication change the nature of learning and allow for new forms of collaboration and self-government.

He is an Associate Professor of Data & Society in the New College at Arizona State University, where he directs a masters program. Previously, he taught in the MS in Interactive Communications program at Quinnipiac University and directed masters programs in the School of Informatics at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He has published over fifty articles and book chapters on how social media relate to social change, as well as a book introducing the social role of search engines. He previously served as president of the Association of Internet Researchers, worked with the Digital Media and Learning Hub based at the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and is currently affiliated with the Learning Sciences Institute at ASU, the Institute for Social Science Research, and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, among others. He received a PhD in Communications from the University of Washington, and a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Irvine.

The second edition of his Search Engine Society was published by Polity in 2017. His current work examines social changes as they relate to automation and datafication, and he is working on a book tentatively titled Automating Revolution.

He has provided expert commentary for dozens of newspapers and magazines around the world, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Times of London, and Asahi Shimbun, and has been a discussant on television and radio programs in the US, Canada, Australia, Austria, Turkey, and Russia. His teaching was featured in Time, and interviews have been published in the Washington Post and Fast Company.

In addition to blogging at “a thaumaturgical compendium” and course related blogs, he tweets @halavais.

His perfect day would be spent with his partner, two children, and Pax the Mastiff, and would include a trip to the movies, a great meal, a curvy drive in a fast car, and a cold rum cocktail on a warm beach with a nice breeze and a good book. His dream is to someday start a school for misfits and misfitting.

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