Research

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Current Projects: 
*Early Internet Memories
*The eQuality Project – “The Algorithmic You”; “Internet Addiction” 
*Trans-Canada Computer Communication Network with Dr. D. Joseph
*The Death of GeoCities – 1990s Platform Death for Internet Histories
*Ursula Franklin Reading Group – KMDI, McLuhan Centre, UofT iSchool

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Mackinnon, K., & Shade, L. R. (2020). “God Only Knows What It’s Doing to Our Children’s Brains”: A Closer Look at Internet Addiction Discourse. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 12(1), 16-38.

Mackinnon, K. “Dispatch: Ethical Challenges to Researching Youth Cultures in Historical Web Archives,” Studies in Social Justice, Themed Issue on Youth and Social Media: From Vulnerability to Empowerment & Equality, eds. K.L. Smith and L.R. Shade. (Forthcoming 2020).

Peer-Reviewed Conferences:

Henderson, M. J., Shade, L. R., & Mackinnon, K. (2020). “Every click you make: Algorithmic literacy and the digital lives of young adults.” Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), Dublin, Ireland, October 2020. (Online due to COVID-19).

Mackinnon, K. (2020) “DELETE MY ACCOUNT: Ethical Approaches to Researching Youth Cultures in Historical Web Archives” Engaging with Web Archives, Maynooth University, Sept. 21-22.  (Online due to COVID-19).

(Postponed due to COVID-19) Joseph, D. and Mackinnon, K. “The History and Future of a Trans-Canadian Computer Communications Network” Panel: Tech Sovereignty, Annual Conference of the Canadian Communication Association (CCA), Western University, June 2-5, 2020.

(Postponed due to COVID-19) Shade, Leslie R., Burkell, J., Mackinnon, K., & Henderson, M. J. (2020). Digital privacy in the networked lives of young Canadians. Round table, Annual Conference of the Canadian Communication Association (CCA), Western University, June 2-5, 2020. 

(Postponed due to COVID-19) Mackinnon, K. (2020) “Ethical Approaches to Researching Youth Cultures in Historical Web Archives” IIPC-WAC, BANQ, Montreal May 11-13. 

Mackinnon, K. (2019) “Early Internet Memories.” Poster session at 10th International Conference on Social Media & Society, Ryerson University, Toronto, July 19-21. Winner of the Best Poster Award.

Mackinnon, K. (2019) “Land Before Time: Yahoo’s Acquisition of GeoCities in 1999,” A Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials (RESAW): The Web that Was: Archives, Traces, Reflections, University of Amsterdam, June 19-21.

Mackinnon, K and L. R.Shade. (2019) “God Only Knows What It’s Doing to their Brains”: A Closer Look at Internet Addiction Discourse. Association for Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCYP): Youngsters 2, Ryerson University, May 10-12.

Mackinnon, K. (2017) Researching ‘Cyberkids’: GeoCities Archives and How to Use its Data,” Congress: Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH/SCHN), Ryerson University, May 27-June 2.

Graduate Conferences

Mackinnon, K. (2019) “Boulevard of Broken Links: Youth Voices in GeoCities Archives,” Annual Graduate History Symposium (AGHS), University of Toronto, May 2-3.

Mackinnon, K. (2018) “Land Before Time: Yahoo’s Acquisition of GeoCities in 1999,” Faculty of Information Research Days (Graduate Conference), University of Toronto.

Mackinnon, K. (2016). “Reconciliation, Testimony, and Healing: Communicating Traumatic Histories on an International Stage,” Tri-U Graduate Conference, University of Guelph

Research:

February 2019 – present: Student PI of “Early Internet Memories” with The eQuality Project (SSHRC Partnership Grant) qualitative research on tech nostalgia and youth memories, REB approved.

August 2019: Research Assistant, Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) project, “Trans-Canada Computer Network” (TCCN) (Dr. Daniel Joseph, supervised by Prof. David Nieborg, Dr. Chris Young.) Archival research on government documents about planned computer networks.

2017 – present: Research Assistant, The eQuality Project (SSHRC Partnership Grant) (Prof. Leslie Shade, Co-Pi), research and co-authored paper on Internet Addiction discourse, youth, social media and research ethics.

2018: Research Assistant for Jackman Humanities Institute Scholars in Residence Program (Prof. Leslie Shade), Privacy Stories: Opening the Door on Digital Privacy, https://privacyguide.ca/. Website & research dissemination design, aid to undergraduate students, project co-ordination.

2016: Co-Creator of the website “Project Newsworthy: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women,” https://www.projectnewsworthy.com/. For Graduate Seminar in Canadian History. (Prof. Ian Milligan) Discursive analysis of historical newspapers, data mapping, contextualizing, research dissemination for public audiences.

2016-2017: Research Assistant for HESA (Higher Education Research Associates), Qualitative Research with KW Region Youth.

2016-2017: Research Assistant for Capacity Canada on Ontario Trillium Foundation Project about National Capacity Building, literature reviews.

2016: Research Assistant for University of Waterloo “Web Archiving for Digital Research” Group, with Prof. Ian Milligan, research on big data collections.