Dr. Daniel Klug
Systems Scientist
Software and Societal Systems Department
Carnegie Mellon University
TCS Hall 315
Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA (maps)

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Most recent publications:

Klug, D., Evans, M., & Kaufman, G. (2022). How TikTok served as a platform for young people to share and cope with lived COVID-19 experiences. In MedieKultur: Journal of media and communication research, 38(73), 152-170. https://doi.org/10.7146/mk.v38i73.128463

Miller, C., Cohen, S., Klug, D., Vasilescu, B., Kästner, C. (2022). “Did You Miss My Comment or What?” Understanding Toxicity in Open Source Discussions. In 44th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2022) [Distinguished Paper Award] doi.org/10.1145/3510003.3510111

Garner, G., McGrann, M., Lynn, M., Kranson, R., Miller Yoder, M., Klug, D. (2022). The Relationship Between Antisemitism and COVID-19 Conspiracy on Twitter. Collaboratory Against Hate Action and Research Center. Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh.

Klug, D., Autenrieth, U. (2022). Struggle for Strategy. Presence, Practices, and Communicative Strategies of Legacy News Providers on TikTok. MediArxiV. 10.33767/osf.io/m3ztq

Klug, D., Qin, F., Evans, M., Kaufman, G. (2021). Trick And Please. A Mixed-Method Study On User Assumptions About the TikTok Algorithm. In 13th ACM Web Science Conference. pp. 84-92. doi.org/10.1145/3447535.3462512


Most recent talks:

You Can (Not) Say What You Want. Algospeak as Communicative Practice Against Unjust Algorithmic Content Moderation on TikTok. 73rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). Toronto, May 25–29, 2023 (with Ella Steen, Kathryn Yurechko).

The Relationship Between Antisemitism and COVID-19 Conspiracies on Twitter. 73rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). Toronto, May 25–29, 2023 (with Grace Garner, Madeleine McGrann, Rachel Kranson, Michael Miller Yoder).

Viral Racism on TikTok: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Studying Extremism in Online Spaces. Eastern Sociological Society Conference. Baltimore, February 23–26, 2023 (with Jane Schuchert Walsh, Jeffrey Tienes, Christina L. Scanlon, Alice Huguet).

The Other Virus. Examining Viral Anti-Asian Racism on TikTok During COVID-19. Global Communication Summit “Anti-Asian Racism, Racial Microaggression, and Racial Automaticity in Everyday Communication”. University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. February 16–17, 2023 (with Jane Schuchert Walsh, Jeffrey Tienes, Christina L. Scanlon, Alice Huguet).

Deleting Videos on TikTok as Algorithm Related Impression Management. Association of Internet Researchers Conference 2022 (AoIR2022). Dublin, November 2 – 5, 2022.

How TikTok Users with Disabilities Create Attention for Their Lived Experiences. ECREA 2022, 9th European Communication Conference. Aarhus, Denmark, October 18 – 22, 2022 (with Elke Schlote).

I’m a faculty member at the Software and Societal Systems Department (S3D) at Carnegie Mellon University.

I’m the head of the MINT Lab, an interdisciplinary and international research collaborative of faculty and students at Carnegie Mellon University.

I’m also affiliated with the Collaboratory Against Hate Research and Action Center, the CoEx Lab (HCII), and the STRUDEL Lab (S3D).

My research focuses on qualitative approaches to social and cultural perspectives on digital media, interaction, and technology. I’m primarily interested in

(1) human-media interaction and practices of creating and engaging with digital media artifacts [CSCW’21 paper][NCA’20 paper],
(2) digital culture and online communication and participation on social media platforms [WebSci’21 paper] [MUM’21 paper],
(3) computer-supported collaboration and video annotation tools in media education contexts, media literacy, and algorithmic literacy [ECSCW’21 paper].


My current research projects are:
– User Awareness of Social Media Algorithms
(REUSE program)
Preventing Viral Racism on TikTok
(collab w/ Collaboratory Against Hate, U o Pitt, PennWestern)
Digital Journalism Strategies on TikTok
(collab w/ University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons (CH))


I’m the co-developer of TRAVIS GO, an app for simple and collaborative annotation of video and audio material.

My academic background is in media studies (PhD, University of Basel, 2012) and sociology (MA, University of Vienna, 2008).


For more details, see my CV.



(c) March 2023