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Research Agenda

My research program centers on understanding "what goes wrong" when the Internet intersects with people and their relationships - examples such as communication breakdown in online communities, misuse of smart home devices amongst intimate partners, COVID-19 misinformation's insights for more effective information policy and addressing content moderation and online security issues in the global information ecosystem.

I am interested in understanding why conflicts and tech misuse occur in tandem with developing impactful interventions to support victims and contribute to the design of safer and more equitable online infrastructures. 

I'm most interested in contributing to teams and projects centered on real world impacts surrounding emerging tech abuse/misuse issues. 

Please see a selection of my peer-reviewed empirical work below. 

Neubauer, L., Li, L., Luna-Reaver, D., Knittel, M., Mariconti, E. & Tanczer, L. (2023, September 11-13).  Automatic Identification of Reports of Psychologically Abusive Behaviours in Online Forums [Paper presentation]. ECDV 2023: European Conference on Domestic Violence, Reykjavik, Iceland.


Knittel, M. (2023, September 11-13).  “I didn't expect the permissions to be a beast like they were”: The 'Black Box' of Intimate DataFlows in Internet of Things-Mediated Intimate Abuse [Paper presentation]. ECDV 2023: European Conference on Domestic Violence, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Mitchell, K. M. & Knittel, M. L. (2023). Navigating the Role of LGBTQ+ Identity in Self-Disclosure

and Strategies Used for Uncertainty Reduction in Online Dating. The Journal of Sex Research. DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2023.2179009

Knittel, M. & Wash, R. (2022). How an online health support community responded to the COVID-19 crisis. Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (3761-3770). Rertieved from 



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