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Nathan Matias

Princeton University
Postdoctoral Researcher
Princeton, NJ
Nathan works to re-make large-scale behavioral experimentation as a tool of citizen power, for a fairer, safer, more understanding internet. He's a post-doc at Princeton University in Psychology, the Center for IT Policy, and Sociology.

Nathan is the founder of CivilServant, a nonprofit that supports citizen-led behavioral science and conducts independent, public-interest audits and evaluations of social technologies and AI. In 2017, Nathan completed his Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab with Ethan Zuckerman on the governance of human and machine behavior in an experimenting society (video) (thesis). His recent research has focused on preventing harassment, broadening gender diversity on social media, responding to human/algorithmic misinformation, and auditing social technologies, studies that have collaborated with tens of millions of people on reddit and twitter. Nathan also publishes research on social movements, civic participation, social change, and the political history of behavioral research.

Before MIT, Nathan worked in tech startups that have reached over a billion phones, helped start a series of education and journalistic charities, and studied postcolonial literature at the University of Cambridge and Elizabethtown College. His writings have appeared in The Atlantic, PBS, the Guardian, and other international media