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I am researching how we can design and build an internet that is safe and empowering for people from marginalized groups. I want to help people feel safe and have agency in their online experiences.

To do so, I find ways to protect people's consent on the internet. In particular, I focus on designing and building social systems grounded in consent to tackle problems both in the user-to-company context (e.g., privacy and data ownership issues) and user-to-user context (e.g., online harassment). Unsurprisingly, I find these contexts deeply related to each other, so I decided to research both. Specifically, I am researching social systems' privacy controls, online governance, and business models that center users' consent.

I'm a Barbour Scholar and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information and the Division of Computer Science & Engineering. I am very lucky to be advised by Dr. Florian Schaub (from the Security Privacy Interaction (SPI) Lab) and Dr. Nikola Banovic (from the Computational HCI Lab). I am also part of the Interactive Systems Lab. My general research interests are at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, Privacy, Feminist Studies, and Business Management. I like interdisciplinary work.


Solving Separation-of-Concerns Problems in Collaborative Design of Human-AI Systems through Leaky Abstractions
Hariharan Subramonyam, Jane Im, Colleen Seifert, Eytan Adar
CHI 2022

Beyond Borders: Women’s Perspectives on Harm and Justice after Online Harassment
Jane Im, Sarita Schoenebeck, Marilyn Iriarte, Gabriel Grill, Daricia Wilkinson, Amna Batool, Rahaf Alharbi, Audrey N. Funwie, Tergel Gankhuu, Eric Gilbert, Mustafa Naseem
CSCW 2022

Informed Crowds Can Effectively Identify Misinformation
Paul Resnick, Aljohara Alfayez, Jane Im, Eric Gilbert
arXiv 2021

Yes: Affirmative Consent as a Theoretical Framework for Understanding and Imagining Social Platforms
Jane Im, Jill Dimond, Melody Berton, Una Lee, Katherine Mustelier, Mark Ackerman, Eric Gilbert
CHI 2021 Best Paper Honorable Mention

Synthesized Social Signals: Computationally-Derived Social Signals from Account Histories
Jane Im, Sonali Tandon, Eshwar Chandrasekharan, Taylor Denby, Eric Gilbert
CHI 2020

Still Out There: Modeling and Identifying Russian Troll Accounts on Twitter
Jane Im, Eshwar Chandrasekharan, Jackson Sargent, Paige Lighthammer, Taylor Denby, Ankit Bhargava, Libby Hemphill, David Jurgens, Eric Gilbert
WebSci 2020 Best Paper Runner Up Award

Deliberation and Resolution on Wikipedia: A Case Study of Requests for Comments
Jane Im, Amy X Zhang, Christopher J Schilling, David Karger
CSCW 2018

App Inventor VR Editor for Computational Thinking
Jane Im, Paul Medlock-Walton, Mike Tissenbaum
CTE 2017


Customized blocks in MIT App Inventor
I implemented a new feature called “user-defined blocks (customizable blocks)” into MIT App Inventor, an open source web platform that lets users build their own Android Apps quickly by using blocks-based programming.
I became interested into the system-building aspect of HCI through this project.
final report - slides - demo

3D Printing Assisted Fabrication of Soft Robotic Hand with Embedded Soft Electronic Circuits
We developed 3D printing based soft robotic hands with stand-alone actuation and control system. I also contributed to the lab by independently implementing the software interface for precision 3D printing for advanced soft materials.
award announced page - details - demo - slides

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