Daniel S. Griffin

What are search results? What are the human rights obligations of search engines?

Search engines no longer merely shape public understanding and access to the content of the World Wide Web: they shape public understanding of the world. . . .

Mulligan, Deirdre K. and Griffin, Daniel S.Daniel Griffin. 2019. Rescripting Search to Respect the Right to Truth. 2 GEO. L. TECH. REV. 557 (2018).

See more on Rescripting here!

Controlling social media algorithms

Do users control the algorithms?

Recent interest in ethical AI has brought a slew of values, including fairness, into conversations about technology design. Research in the area of algorithmic fairness tends to be rooted in questions of distribution that can be subject to precise formalism and technical implementation. We seek to expand this conversation to include the experiences of people subject to algorithmic classification and decision-making.

Jenna Burrell, Zoe Kahn, Anne Jonas, and Daniel Griffin. 2019. When Users Control the Algorithms: Values Expressed in Practices on Twitter. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 3, CSCW, Article 138 (November 2019), 20 pages. DOI:10.1145/3359240


In the Internet Policy Review, a paper with Jake Goldenfein on academia relinquishing autonomy by its use of Google Scholar. Earlier versions of the paper (some with Sebastian Benthall and Eran Toch) were discussed at the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech (blog post here), “Money talks? – The impact of corporate funding on information law and policy research”, the 2019 Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop, and the Doctoral Reading and Theory Workshop at UC Berkeley’s Information School. Here is an early draft on SSRN. Jake Goldenfein has a separate piece in the LPE project: Law, Metrics, And The Scholarly Economy

(As a research praxis and a form of refusal, I have not used Google Scholar since 2021-12-01. I discuss this in a running Twitter thread.)