Informatics Department

Donald Bren School of Information
and Computer Sciences

University of California, Irvine

Online spaces and sensitive populations

Online spaces can be important platforms for people from sensitive, stigmatized, and vulnerable populations to discuss their problems and find support; yet platform design decisions impact how people present themselves and interact with others. By studying these groups' online self-presentation and disclosure practices, along with the politics of social media platform design, we can understand how to design technology to better support those facing difficult issues like sexual abuse, relationship breakups, eating disorders, depression, and gender presentation.


Nazanin Andalibi, Rena Bivens, Munmun De Choudhury, Andrea Forte, Gillian Hayes, Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Samantha Jaroszewski, Simone Lanette, Danielle Lottridge, Melissa Mazmanian, Elizabeth Mynatt, Jessica Pater, Katie Quehl, Eugenia Ha Rim Rho, Kathryn Ringland, Chris Wolf


"Genderfluid" or "Attack Helicopter": Responsible HCI Research Practice with Non-Binary Gender Variation in Online Communities
Samantha Jaroszewski, Danielle Lottridge, Oliver L. Haimson, Katie Quehl
ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 2018

Relationship Breakup Disclosures and Media Ideologies on Facebook
Oliver L. Haimson, Nazanin Andalibi, Munmun De Choudhury, Gillian R. Hayes
New Media and Society, June 2017

Class Confessions: Restorative Properties in Online Experiences of Socioeconomic Stigma
Eugenia Ha Rim Rho, Oliver L. Haimson, Nazanin Andalibi, Melissa Mazmanian, Gillian R. Hayes
ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 2017

Baking Gender Into Social Media Design: How Platforms Shape Categories for Users and Advertisers
Rena Bivens, Oliver L. Haimson
Social Media + Society (special issue on Making Digital Cultures of Gender and Sexuality with Social Media), 2(4), October-December 2016

Constructing and Enforcing "Authentic" Identity Online: Facebook, Real Names, and Non-Normative Identities
Oliver L. Haimson, Anna Lauren Hoffmann
First Monday (special issue on A Decade of Web 2.0: Reflections, Critical Perspectives, and Beyond), 21(6), June 2016

Understanding Social Media Disclosures of Sexual Abuse Through the Lenses of Support Seeking and Anonymity
Nazanin Andalibi, Oliver L. Haimson, Munmun De Choudhury, Andrea Forte
ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 2016
[acceptance rate: 23%]

“Hunger Hurts but Starving Works:” Characterizing the Presentation of Eating Disorders Online
Jessica Pater, Oliver L. Haimson, Nazanin Andalibi, Elizabeth Mynatt
ACM CSCW Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, February 2016
[acceptance rate: 25%]

Marginalized Populations and Research Ethics Online
Oliver L. Haimson, Kathryn E. Ringland, Gillian R. Hayes
CSCW Workshop on Ethics for Studying Sociotechnical Systems in a Big Data World, March 2015

Using Depression Analytics to Reduce Stigma via Social Media: BlueFriends
Oliver L. Haimson, Kathryn E. Ringland, Simone Lanette, Christine T. Wolf iConference (Social Media Expo), March 2014