Assistant Professor

Designing and defining trans technologies

In this line of research, my research team and I have been thinking about what it means for a technology to be a "trans technology," and how such technologies could be designed. Transgender and non-binary people face substantial challenges in the world, ranging from social inequities and discrimination to lack of access to resources. Though technology cannot fully solve these problems, technological solutions may help to address some of the challenges trans people and communities face. In this work, we use interview methods to highlight areas for future trans technological innovation and community-based participatory design methods to design and build trans technologies.

Selected Publications

Designing Trans Technology: Defining Challenges and Envisioning Community-Centered Solutions
Oliver L. Haimson, Dykee Gorrell, Denny L. Starks, Zu Weinger
ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 2020, 13 pages
[acceptance rate: 24%] [Best Paper Award]
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Tumblr was a Trans Technology: The Meaning, Importance, History, and Future of Trans Technologies
Oliver L. Haimson, Avery Dame-Griff, Elias Capello, Zahari Richter
Feminist Media Studies, 21(3), 2021 (first published online October 2019), p. 345-361
[open-access link] [PDF] [blog]

Trans Time: Safety, Privacy, and Content Warnings on a Transgender-Specific Social Media Site
Oliver L. Haimson, Justin Buss, Zu Weinger, Denny L. Starks, Dykee Gorrell, Briar Sweetbriar Baron
Proceedings of the ACM Human Computer Interaction (PACM HCI), 4(CSCW2), Article 124, October 2020, 27 pages (presented at CSCW 2020)
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