Current Project



My ongoing projects span the societal, cultural, and individual consequences of emerging new media system and its antecedents. These works typically invoke both quantitative and qualitative methodologies which include survey, experiment, content analysis, and institutional/policy analysis. 

My projects remain anchored in various facets/stages in the advancement of new communication technology, as the viability of each stage typically hinges upon social-policy problems, esp. among under-served communities/ethnic minorities. The main interest is on privacy, surveillance, inequalities of digital skill, information access in AI algorithm, and related policy-social implications. 

This line of research was generously supported by Urban Communication Foundation (James Carey Urban Comm. Grant at the ICA). Also other projects were supported by Howard-Scripp Foundation, AEF, Facebook/Future of Privacy, etc. 


Current Projects

  • Book Project: Predicting Digital Surveillance 
  • (This book is an inquiry about economic and individual determinants of personal privacy control in the world of AI, algorithm, IoT, as well as Internet and mobile technologies) (under contract) 

  • Smartphone Effects on Economic and Subjective Quality of Life: Does Smartphone Make Money and Happiness? 

  • Structuration of Algorithm in a series of related projects: the first work was published in American Behavioral Scientist, 2018. 

  • Large-Scale (Big) Secondary Data Analysis: Social Media-Big Data Analytic (Twitter & Google)
  • Social Media Use and Effects - Survey and Quasi-Field Experiment
  • Privacy in Diverse Domains of Health - Real Time Observational Data   
  • Longitudinal Trend of Internet Use
  • Google projects: Survey and Content Analysis of Search Engine Uses  

  • Pierre Bourdieu Stratification and the Internet Social-Cultural Capital
  • Mobile Digital Literacy, Policy Implications and Intervention