Kenneth N. Farrall
Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Communication, 2009
Dissertation: Suspect until Proven Guilty, a problematization of state dossier systems via two case studies: the United States and China. Committee: Michael Delli Carpini (Chair), Oscar Gandy, Klaus Krippendorff and Joseph Turow.
Pass with Distinction, Annenberg Comprehensive Examination: Media Institutions (media technology, regulation, and political economy), September 2006
University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Asian Studies, 1995
Thesis: State Telecommunications Reform and Policy Influence in the People’s Republic of China.
Advisor: Nikhil Sinha, Ph.D.
University of Virginia
B.A., Political and Social Thought, 1987
NYU Department of Media, Culture & Communication, New York, NY
Instructor, Fall 2011
Course: Media, Technology & Society, MCC-UE 1034. Undergraduate course examines the role of media technology in social systems, as a tool and as a potential “force” in the evolution of society
Instructor, Fall 2010
Course: East Asian Media, E59.1023. Undergraduate course explores the evolving media and communication systems in East Asia from economic, political, cultural, technological and network perspectives. Particular attention is paid to the impact of Internet and mobile media on traditional media institutions, the changing role of transnational corporations, and the relations between states and their people.
Instructor, Spring 2010
Course: E59.1023, East Asian Media.
Instructor, Fall 2009
Course: E58.2282, Information Law & Policy. Graduate-level class examines major policy and legal issues arising from the production, use, exchange, access, storage, processing, linking and communication of information.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Lecturer, Summer 2008.
Course: COMM 130, Introduction to Mass Media and Society. Developed syllabus, prepared and delivered all class lectures, wrote and administered two exams, graded papers, and assigned final grades for class of 20 students.
Teaching Fellow, Fall 2006.
Course: COMM 130: Introduction to Mass Media and Society. Supervisor: Dr. Joseph Turow. Gave class lectures, wrote exams, graded papers.
Teaching Fellow, Spring 2006.
Course: COMM 330: Advertising & Society. Supervisor: Dr. Joseph Turow. Gave class lectures, wrote exams, graded papers.
NYU Department of Media, Culture & Communication, New York, NY
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Fall 2009 – Fall 2011.
Philosophy and politics of computing, digital media, and information systems with a special focus on NSF funded research in privacy, security, and social dimensions of networking.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Research Fellow, Fall 2005.
Supervisor: Dr. Klaus Krippendorff. Responsibilities: Conducted cross-disciplinary research into cybernetics, information theory and networks.
Research Fellow, Spring 2005. Healthcare Dialogue Project
Supervisors: Dr. Vincent Price and Dr. Joseph Cappella. Position: lead technical research assistant. Coded and managed large data set, performed statistical analysis, coordinated project with Knowledge Networks and gave technical training for discourse moderators.
Research Fellow, Fall 2004.
Supervisor: Dr. Klaus Krippendorff. Conducted cross-disciplinary research into cybernetics, information theory and networks.
Research Fellow, Fall 2003, Spring 2004.
Supervisor: Dr. Michael X. Delli Carpini. Assessed existing research and outlined key obstacles for use of emerging method, web graph analysis.
Mass media institutions, political economy, surveillance studies, global communications, new media, content analysis, network theory, diffusion of innovations, advertising & society.
Peer Reviewed Journals
Farrall, K. (2012). Online Collectivism, Individualism and Anonymity in East Asia. Surveillance & Society, Vol. 9, No. 4. Available at http://library.queensu.ca/ojs/index.php/surveillance-and-society/article/view/collectivism
Farrall, K. (2011). Suspicious Activity Reporting in a new era of domestic intelligence. International Journal of Intelligence Ethics,Vol. 2, No. 1.
Farrall, K. (2008). Global Privacy in Flux: Illuminating privacy across cultures in China and the U.S. International Journal of Communication, 2, 993-1030. Available at http://ijoc.org/ojs/index.php/ijoc/article/viewFile/370/228
Farrall, K. (2011). Suspicious Activity Reporting: US Domestic Intelligence in a Post-privacy Age? In, Susan Maret, ed., Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, v. 19, Government Secrecy, ch. 12. Emerald: Bingley, U.K.
Farrall, K. & Herold, D.K. (2011). Identity vs. anonymity: Chinese netizens and questions of identifiability. In, Herold, D.K. and Marolt, P. Online Society in China, ch. 9. Routledge: London & New York. (240.pp)
Gandy Jr., O. H. & Farrall, K. (2008). Metaphoric Reinforcement of the Virtual Fence: Factors Shaping the Political Economy of Property in Cyberspace. In Chadwick, A & Howard, P. eds., Handbook of Internet Politics. Routledge, London & New York, 2008. Draft available at http://www.asc.upenn.edu/usr/ogandy/Gandy%20Farrall%20IAMCR.pdf
Farrall, K. (2006, May). Richard Rogers, Information Politics on the Web, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004, 216 pp., Journal of Information Processing and Management, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp. 856-858.
Laurant, C., & Farrall, K. (2004) Formal comments of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) to the Federal Trade Commission Workshop on “Radio Frequency Identification: Applications and Implications for Consumers,” June 21, 2004. Available at http://www.epic.org/privacy/rfid/ftc-comts-070904.pdf.
Farrall, K., & Delli Carpini, M.X. (2004, July). Cyberspace, the Web Graph and Political Deliberation on the Internet. Proceedings, International Conference on Politics and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications (PISTA ’04), Orlando, FL, Volume 1, Informatics and Society, p, 287. Available at http://farrall.org/papers/pista-farrall-dell_carpini.pdf
Farrall, K. (2010, March). Suspicious Activity Reporting and the Production of U.S. Domestic Intelligence. 5th International Conference on the Ethics of National Security Intelligence. Georgetown University, Washington, DC. March 10, 2010 [extended abstracts available at http://intelligence-ethics.org/conference/10/conference_program.pdf]
Farrall, K. (2009, October) “China’s Digital Dossier System and the Future of Political Activism.” Panel lecture delivered to US Department of State conference, Implications of the New and Emerging Media for Chinese Politics and Society. Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, September 25, 2009.
Farrall, K. (2009, October). Digital Dang ‘an: Illuminating new spaces of resistance in China’s shift from paper file to computer dossier. Paper presented as part of panel, Theorizing ICT applications in Asia: Opportunities and challenges, at annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR), Milwaukee, WI.
Farrall, K. (2009, June). Production or Collection? Towards an Alternate Framing of the Problem of Information Privacy. Paper presented at the 2nd annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference, June 4-5, Berkeley Law School, CA.
Farrall, K. (2008, July). Objects of Interest: states, electronic dossier systems and the intensifying global divide between the powerful and the powerless. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, Stockholm, Sweden.
Farrall, K. (2007, July). Security, Harmony and Freedom: An Exploration of Surveillance Synergies between the United States and China and their potential impact on global privacy rights. Paper presented at the China East Asia Media New Media Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
Farrall, K., & Gandy Jr., O. H. (2007, July). Putting down stakes: Exploring the political economy of property in cyberspace. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, Paris, France.
Farrall, K. (2007, July). Surveillance at the Edge of Chaos: reconceptualizing intensity in terms of discursive structures. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, Paris, France.
Farrall, K. (2007, May). Cascading Networks: Electronic Communication and the Diffusion of Social Instability. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the International Communications Association, San Francisco, CA.
Farrall, K. & Lubken, D. (2006, May). Embodiment and its Instances: Reconstructing its Past, Exploring Its Extension into the Material World. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communications Association, Dresden, Germany.
Farrall, K., & Tsui, L. (2006, June). Web Blocking 2.0 – What the Rise of “Tagging” Means for Internet Regulation in China. Paper presented at Modernisation, Modernity and the Media in China, University of Westminster, London, England.
Farrall, K., & Tsui, L. (2005, July). From Khomeini to Abu Ghraib: Understanding the role of ICT in destabilization events. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for Media and Communications Researchers, Taipei, Taiwan.
Farrall, K., & Delli Carpini, M.X. (2005, October). Issue Politics, Social Networks and the Web Graph. Paper presented at annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers, Chicago, IL.
Farrall, K., & Delli Carpini, M.X. (2004, July). Cyberspace, the Web Graph and Political Deliberation on the Internet. Paper presented at the International Conference on Politics and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications (PISTA ’04), Orlando, FL.
“Mapping Information Flows in the Detection and Prevention of Terrorist Attacks.” Presentation delivered to NYU Privacy Research Group, 313 Vanderbilt Hall, NYU Law School, October 13, 2010.
“Objects, spaces … production, places: ontological ruptures in information privacy law.” Presentation delivered to NYU Privacy Research Group, 313 Vanderbilt Hall, NYU Law School, March 24, 2010.
“Suspicious Activity Reporting within the U.S. Information Sharing Environment.” Presentation delivered to NYU Privacy Research Group, 313 Vanderbilt Hall, NYU Law School, September 30, 2009.
Farrall, K. (2009, September). Suspicious Activity Reporting within the US Information Sharing Environment. Presentation delivered to NYU working group on personal information flow, 313 Vanderbilt Hall, NYU Law School, September 30, 2009.
Farrall, K. (2009, September). China’s Digital Dossier System and the Future of Political Activism. Panel lecture delivered to US Department of State conference, Implications of the New and Emerging Media for Chinese Politics and Society. Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, September 25, 2009.
Farrall, K. (2008, March). Surveillance, Privacy and the Digital Dossier. 90 minute lecture presented to Internet Policy and Culture, Professor Peter Decherney, University of Pennsylvania, March 20, 2008.
Farrall, K. (2007, August). Validity Questions in Web Graph Analysis. Presentation given at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Pre-Conference, MACHINE POLITICS/POLITICS OF THE MACHINE: New Technology in Political Communication Research and Teaching, Chicago, IL. [video]
Farrall, K. (2005, March). Web Graph Analysis in Perspective: Description and Evaluation in terms of Krippendorff’s Conceptual Framework for Content Analysis. Lecture presented at the Colloquium, Prospective Students Day, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Farrall, K. (2005, October). Content Analysis. 90 minute lecture presented to COMM 340, Research Methods in Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, Dr. Hennessy. October 25, 2005.
Contributed to the writing of EPIC’s testimony on “Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology: What the Future Holds for Commerce, Security, and the Consumer,” before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection House Committee on Energy and Commerce, July 14, 2004. Available at http://www.epic.org/privacy/rfid/rfidtestimony0704.html.
HONORS, GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Center for Global Communication Studies Travel Grant, July 2008, for presentation of conference paper at IAMCR, Sweden.
Annenberg Summer Research Fellowship, 2006
Oxford Internet Fellow. Beijing, China, Summer 2005
Nomination (representing Annenberg, University of Pennsylvania,) Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship, 2005, national award for students “with outstanding ability and financial need who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.”
IPIOP Law Clerk. Electronic Privacy Information Center, Washington, D.C., Summer 2004
University Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, 1993-1994, 1994-1995.
Reviewer, Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 2006.
Annenberg Technology Committee, 2004-2006.
International Communication Association, 2006 – present
International Association for Media and Communication Research, 2005- present
Mandarin Chinese. Oral fluency. Intermediate reading and writing literacy.
June 2001 – August 2003
- Directly advised company chairman and executive management on corporate strategy and US business expansion for Asia’s leading domain registrar.
- Planned and implemented domain name service for Western market expansion, doubling 2001 revenues to $3.5 million.
Founder, Chairman and CEO
May 1999 –
- Conceived and executed innovative business plan involving the
hiring and coordination of an interdisciplinary team of editors,
writers, programmers, and web designers to produce daily on-line
content on a range of China information technology, financial, and
- Raised $500,000 in investment for company operation.
by major media including CNN, New York Times, Salon, and China Central Television.
- Spoke publicly at industry forums including Wharton’s Global Chinese Business Initiative, Asian American Business Development Center events, and the Columbia Business School.
October 1998 – April 1999
- Managed The China Matrix, an internationally-recognized web site
focused on the China Internet market.
- Led virtual team of analysts covering China IT market.
- Provided fee-based analytical reports and consulting services to
Senior Internet Consultant
February 1, 1997 – August 31, 1998
- Directly advised CEO on all Internet-related strategy and
operations. Annual budget: US$1 million.
- Regularly lectured and gave interviews covering Internet market
opportunities, in Mandarin Chinese, to China national government
figures and media and international press.
- Established contacts with major China IT industry leaders in
government and business.
Manager, Internet Services
November 1995 – January 1997