Diana L. Ascher

Diana L. Ascher
University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA · Department of Information Studies

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Doctor of Philosophy, Information Studies

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Introduction
Diana L. Ascher works at the intersection of information practice and policy. She is the director of the IS Lab at UCLA and founder of the Information Ethics & Equity Institute, which bridges information studies research and praxis through accredited programming for data and information workers. As senior advisor on Data Ethics to the EDM Council, Dr. Ascher helps ensure the world’s leading organizations develop ethical data management policies and practices.
Research Experience
July 2018 - September 2020
University of California, Los Angeles
Position
  • Director IS Lab
September 2012 - June 2017
University of California, Los Angeles
Position
  • Graduate Student Researcher, Teaching Assistant, Special Reader, Instructor
Description
  • I teach Internet & Society, Information & Power, and Privacy & Surveillance.
Education
September 2012 - June 2017
University of California, Los Angeles
Field of study
  • Information Studies
August 2002 - May 2004
Claremont Graduate University
Field of study
  • Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Strategy
September 1989 - June 1993
Duke University
Field of study
  • Public Policy with concentrations in International Policy and Journalism

Publications

Publications (12)
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Notions of free speech and expectations of speaker anonymity are instrumental aspects of online information practice in the United States, which manifest in greater protections for speakers of hate, while making targets of trolling and hate speech more vulnerable. In this chapter, we argue that corporate digital media platforms moderate and manage...
Research
Theorizing a division of labor between humans and machines, particularly as people are becoming more comfortable with the idea of physical integration of machines within their bodies for reasons other than life-saving biological support. Demonstrating how humans extend machine capability in ways that may or may not be similar to the extension of co...
Conference Paper
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This paper describes an exploratory ethnographic study of the information-seeking behavior of visitors in the Surgical Waiting Lounge at the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion in December 2013. A model of information practice is examined in relation to existing information-seeking behavior theories, frameworks, and approaches. The finding that visit...
Conference Paper
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This paper describes an exploratory ethnographic study of the information-seeking behavior of visitors in the Surgical Waiting Lounge at the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion in December 2013. A model of information practice is examined in relation to existing information-seeking behavior theories, frameworks, and approaches. The finding that visit...
Presentation
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Cultural time orientation as a factor in information evaluation and decision making by development policy analysts 2015 Society of Policy Scientists Annual Institute The World Bank November 2015
Poster
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Information gleaning restores a sense of control as a means of active information seeking that does not interfere with the professionals at work and provides a focus for attention in the severely information poor environment of the Surgical Waiting Lounge.
Conference Paper
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This descriptive ethnographic analysis examines the information-seeking behavior of people in the Surgical Waiting Lounge at the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion in December 2013. Following a description of the environment and individuals within and directly surrounding the space, I present a model of information-seeking behavior in this specific...
Article
This paper describes an exploratory ethnographic study of the information-seeking behavior of visitors in the Surgical Waiting Lounge at the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion in December 2013. A model of information practice is examined in relation to existing information-seeking behavior theories, frameworks, and approaches. The finding that visit...
Presentation
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This paper delineates the role of time orientation as a factor in information practice. The concept of time orientation is introduced as a relatively unexamined element of the information context. The implications for understanding how information agents’ time orientation affects the decision making process through the course of their engagement wi...
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Although much effort has been directed toward overcoming obstacles to the constructive use of coastal conservation information in knowledge creation and dissemination, little attention has been paid to tackling such difficulties in the information-seeking process. We propose that strategies to improve stakeholder information seeking can lead to sig...

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Theorizing a division of labor between humans and machines, particularly as people are becoming more comfortable with the idea of physical integration of machines within their bodies for reasons other than life-saving biological support. Demonstrating how humans extend machine capability in ways that may or may not be similar to the extension of cognitive and physical affordances we gain from machines.
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This project draws from information studies, public policy, and behavioral science to develop tools and techniques for motivating information practices that improve decision making.
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Comparison of LIS curricula and LIS employment ads