University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons (CH)

Carnegie Mellon University (USA)

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I’m a lecturer at the Institute for Multimedia Production (IMP) at the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons, Switzerland. I’m teaching theories and methods in social and communication sciences in the Joint Master program “Digital Communication and Creative Media Production” (DCCMP).

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].

I’m currently also a faculty member (on leave of absence) at the Software and Societal Systems Department (S3D) at Carnegie Mellon University where I’m the head of the MINT Lab, an interdisciplinary and international research collaborative of faculty and students (affiliations: Collaboratory Against Hate Research and Action Center, CoEx Lab, STRUDEL Lab).

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

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

For more information on research, publications and talks, see my CV.

Most recent publications:
Steen, E., Yurechko, K., & Klug, D. (2023). You Can (Not) Say What You Want: Using Algospeak to Contest and Evade Algorithmic Content Moderation on TikTok. Social Media + Society, 9(3). https://doi.org/10.1177/20563051231194586.
Klug, D., Evans, M., & Kaufman, G. (2023). 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



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