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Hello! I am Yoehan Oh, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Science and Technology Studies , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA. Previously, I earned a Master of Science at the Program of History and Philosophy of Science, Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea, with Science and Technology Studies (STS) major. Prior to academia, I worked for a South Korea’s consumer electronics company, the fourteenth top regarded global company by Forbes as of 2017, as a software engineer for more than a half decade, after B.S. and M.S. in Engineering degree both in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in SNU. You can see more in my CV page.

My main research project seeks to examine contemporary information and media technologies, particularly non-U.S. search engines as reified non-Western and non-Anglophone ordinary ways of knowing our worlds,* in national (South Korea), regional (East Asia), transnational (US and European countries) contexts. I primarily focus on knowledge and material infrastructures and database for internet platforms; postcolonial digital humanities; political, regulatory, policy, and nationalistic discourses upon web platforms upon domestic and global internet platforms; internet histories and internet content governance; and search engine algorithms and web ecology.

In addition, I also have broader interest in topics and methods in Science and Technology Studies; critical algorithms studies; critical data studies; historical and social studies of computing, information technologies, artificial intelligence, and machine learning; postcolonial computing and internet studies; social studies of data-driven mundane practices at differentiated levels, and critical openness studies in social/data practices (e.g. open web, open data, open source, open government, and the transparency of algorithms).

I use qualitative methods, drawing largely on Science and Technology Studies and History of Technology. I recently published a co-authored review paper with Professor Sungook Hong in the Korean Journal Of Science and Technology Studies regarding algorithmic discrimination in three public sectors: criminal sentencing, predictive policing, and border securities, titled “Does Artificial Intelligence Algorithm Discriminate Certain Groups of Humans?” [인공지능 알고리즘은 사람을 차별하는가?].”

I have also presented in an array of international, East-Asia regional, and national conferences: the annual 4S conference (The Society for Social Studies of Science) at New Orleans, LA, USA; SIGCIS (Special Interest Group for Computing, Information and Society) meeting in Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA, USA; Towards a History of Artificial Intelligence: Workshop at Columbia University, in Columbia University, NY, USA; Theorizing the Web, in New York, NY, USA; All Things in Moderation in UCLA, CA, USA;  EASTS (East Asian Science, Technology and Society) network conference in Tsinghua University, Beijing, Mainland China; and Korean Association of STS‘s conferences, South Korea; among others.

I earned my M.S. degree with a thesis that examined search term moderation practices, a South Korea’s internet corporation’s accounts about its trending algorithm, and external investigators’ algorithm audit, relying on case study during the 2000’s and the 2010’s upon an internet search portal company. (Read more about my research here.)

Contact Information

Department of Science and Technology Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
5706 Russell Sage Lab Building
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180 USA

Email: ohy@rpi.edu


* My account is indebted to John Law for his description of research objectives himself: “He works collaboratively on mis/translation where the object is to explore possible “non-western” and non-English-language academic ways of knowing, with the aim of both provincializing and enriching social science.” in Law, John and Wen-Yuan Lin (2018) “Tidescapes: Notes on a shi (勢)-inflected Social Science.” Journal of World Philosophies 3 (Summer 2018): 1-16. doi: 10.2979/jourworlphil.3.1.01 .