Brennan Schaffner

I am a 3rd-year Computer Science PhD student at the University of Chicago.

In my work, I aim to make the internet more fair and transparent.
More fair by researching ideas related to user empowerment and upholding user agency. And more transparent by researching/exposing manipulative designs. My work often also has an added flavor of consumer protection, so not only do I submit and publish these works at top HCI conferences, I write comments to regulatory agencies with evidence-based policy suggestions informed by my research, which includes a blend of both qualitative and quantitative methods.

I am currently involved in projects related to platform moderation of user-generated content, ethical data collection, and the impact of platform design on user-agency.

I am advised by Marshini Chetty in the Amyoli Internet Research Lab.