Andrea ForteI'm an associate professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

I direct the Drexel Social Computing Research Group where we study and design technologies that help people to make things, share information, and learn together. I’m particularly interested in how people can be successful participants in a technologically mediated society. Sometimes my projects involve designing systems that support new kinds of activities. Other times I study the ways people adapt to and appropriate existing technologies.

I received my PhD from the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology in human-centered computing with a focus on social computing and learning sciences. My MLIS is from the School of Information at University of Texas at Austin.

Research areas: Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Social Computing, Privacy, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), Education

Useful Info

On sabbatical leave in 2018/19

Curriculum Vitae

Drexel Social Computing Research Group

email: aforteATdrexelDOTedu
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College of Computing and Informatics
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Drexel University


Measuring the Value of Anonymity Online


In this NSF-funded project, we are looking at why and how people seek anonymity online, why and how internet infrastructure supports it, and finding ways to assess the value of anonymous online participation.

with Rachel Greenstadt (PI), Mako Hill at University of Washington (co-PI), and Nora McDonald, Kaylea Champion, and Bao Chao Tran Phi (PhD students).

Algorithms and Data Privacy Styles

In this NSF-funded project, we are working to identify different approaches to managing personal data in a data-driven society.

with Eric Baumer at Lehigh University (PI).

Designing an Information Savvy Society

In this NSF CAREER award-funded project, my student collaborators and I are examining how people share and create information and judge its value and creibility in a variety of contexts.

with Heather Willever-Farr and Nazanin Andalibi (PhD students), Gabrielle Frost, Minh Le, and Tim Moesgen (undergraduate researchers).



In this NSF-supported design-based research project, our team is investigating the impact of beginning web development experiences on learners' understandings of Web technologies, infrastructure, and computational concepts.

with Brian Dorn, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Erin Knight and Doug Belshaw, Mozilla Foundation; Michael Wagner, Drexel (Co-PIs); Tom Park (post doc) and Meen Chul Kim (PhD student).

past teammembers: Susan Wiedenbeck (Co-PI), Swathi Jagannath (masters student), Ankur Saxena, Sukrit Chhabra, and Brian Lee (undergraduate researchers)

ExCITe Center


Drexel has established a multi-institutional center to spearhead research and re-invent education at the nexus of science, technology, and the arts: the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, led by Drexel University with several regional partners.

Youth and Social Search


From 2011-2014, this IMLS-funded project team investigated the social search habits of high school students, with emphasis on how youth interact on social network sites to ask and answer questions of their peers and others.

with Denise Agosto (PI), Rachel Magee (PhD student), and Michelle Purcell (PhD student).

past teammembers: Robin Naughton (graduated PhD Student), Michael Dickard (PhD student)

School and Public Library Social Media Practice and Policy, Co-PI

With IMLS support from 2011-2014, we conducted a national survey of public and school libraries about their use of and policies on social technologies to support library services to youth.

with Denise Agosto (PI), Rachel Magee (PhD student), and Michelle Purcell (PhD student).

past teammembers: Robin Naughton (graduated PhD Student), Michael Dickard (PhD student)

Papers, etc.

(email me) - Andalibi, Nazanin, Margaret Morris, and Andrea Forte. (2018) Testing Waters, Sending Clues: Indirect Disclosures of Socially Stigmatized Experiences on Social Media. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW).

(email me) - Andalibi, Nazanin, Oliver Haimson, Munmun De Choudhury, and Andrea Forte. (in press) Social Support, Reciprocity, and Anonymity in Responses to Sexual Abuse Disclosures on Social Media. Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI).

(email me) - Andalibi, Nazanin and Andrea Forte. (in press) Responding to Sensitive Disclosures on Social Media: A Decision Making Framework. Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI).

(pdf) - Nazanin Andalibi and Andrea Forte. (2018) Announcing Pregnancy Loss on Facebook: A Decision-Making Framework for Stigmatized Disclosures on Identified Social Network Sites Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2018, Montreal, Canada.

(pdf) - Andrea Forte, Nazanin Andalibi, Tim Gorichanaz, Meen Chul Kim, Thomas Park, Aaron Halfaker. (2018) Information Fortification: An Online Citation Behavior Proceedings of ACM Conference on Supporting Groupwork (Group) Sanibel Island, FL, USA.

(pdf) - Andrea Forte, Nazanin Andalibi, Rachel Greenstadt. (2017) Privacy, Anonymity, and Perceived Risk in Open Collaboration: A Study of Tor Users and Wikipedians Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) Portland, OR, USA. * best paper honorable mention *

(pdf) - Nazanin Andalibi, Pinar Ozturk, Andrea Forte. (2017) Sensitive Self-disclosures, Responses, and Social Support on Instagram: the Case of #Depression Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) Portland, OR, USA. * best paper honorable mention *

ACM DL Author-ize service Magee, Rachel, Denise Agosto, Andrea Forte. (2017) Four Factors that Regulate Teen Technology Use in Everyday Life. Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) Portland, OR, USA.

Forte, Andrea. (2017) Wikis and Wikipedia. In SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning. Kylie Peppler, Ed. New York: Sage.

(pdf) - Andrea Forte, Denise Agosto, Michael Dickard, Rachel Magee. (2016) The Strength of Awkward Ties: Online Interactions between High School Students and Adults Proceedings of GROUP (ACM Conference on Groupwork) Sanibel Island, Fl.

ACM DL Author-ize service Nazanin Andalibi, Oliver L. Haimson, Munmun De Choudhury, Andrea Forte (2016). Understanding Social Media Disclosures of Sexual Abuse Through the Lenses of Support Seeking and Anonymity
Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2016

(pdf) Park, Thomas, Meen Chul Kim, Andrea Forte. (2016). Reading Hierarchies in Code: Assessment of a Basic Computational Skill Proceedings of the 21st Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE). Arequipa, Peru.

Kim, Meen Chul, Thomas Park, Andrea Forte. (2016). A Constructionist Toolkit for Learning Elementary Web Development at Scale. Work in Progress. Proceedings of ACM Learning at Scale.

(pdf) Denise E. Agosto, Rachel Magee, Michael Dickard, and Andrea Forte. (2016). Teens, Technology, and Libraries: An Uncertain Relationship. The Library Quarterly: Information, Communication, Policy. vol. 86, no. 3, pp. 248-269.

(open access) Forte, Andrea (2015). The new information literate: Open collaboration and information production in schools International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, pp. 1-17.

ACM DL Author-ize service (ACM authorizer) Park, Tom, Brian Dorn and Andrea Forte. (2015). An Analysis of HTML and CSS Syntax Errors in a Web Development Course. ACM Transactions on Computing Education.

ACM DL Author-ize service (ACM authorizer) Andalibi, Nazanin, Pinar Ozturk, and Andrea Forte (2015). Depression-related imagery on Instagram. Poster Abstract. Companion to Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), Vancouver, BC, Canada.

(pdf) Forte, Andrea, Nazanin Andalibi, Thomas Park, Heather Willever-Farr (2014). Designing Information Savvy Societies: An Introduction to Assessability. Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'14), Toronto, Canada.

(pdf) Forte, Andrea, Michael Dickard, Rachel Magee, and Denise Agosto (2014). What Do Teens Ask Their Online Social Networks? Social Search Practices among High School Students. Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), Baltimore, MD, USA. * best paper honorable mention *

(pdf) Willever-Farr, Heather and Andrea Forte (2014). Family Matters: Control and Conflict in Online Family History Production. Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), Baltimore, MD, USA.

(pdf) Park, Thomas, Ankur Saxena, Swathi Jagannath, Susan Wiedenbeck, and Andrea Forte (2013). Towards a Taxonomy of Errors in HTML and CSS. Proceedings of the International Computing Education Research Conference (ICER). San Diego, CA. pp.75-82.

(pdf) - Zarro, Mike, Catherine Hall and Andrea Forte (2013) Wedding Dresses and Wanted Criminals: Pinterest.com as an Infrastructure for Repository Building. Proceedings of AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) Boston, MA. pp. 650-658. (A reference has been corrected in this online version.)

ACM DL Author-ize service (ACM authorizer) Park, Thomas, Swathi Jagannath, Ankur Saxena, Susan Wiedenbeck and Andrea Forte (2013) openHTML: Designing a Transitional Web Editor for Novices. Poster. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).


(pdf - preprint) Forte, Andrea and Cliff Lampe. (2013). Defining, Understanding and Supporting Open Collaboration: Lessons from the Literature. American Behavioral Scientist 57(5): 535-547 (browse full issue).

(pdf) Wyche, Susan P., Andrea Forte and Sarita Y. Schoenebeck. (2013). Hustling Online: Understanding Consolidated Facebook Use in an Informal Settlement in Nairobi, Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'13), Paris, France. pp. 2823-2832. * best paper honorable mention *

(pdf) Wyche, Susan, Sarita Schoenebeck and Andrea Forte (2013). "Facebook is a Luxury": An Exploratory Study of Social Media Use in Rural Kenya. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), San Antonio, TX, 2013. pp. 33-44

(pdf) Forte, Andrea, Denise Agosto, Michael Dickard and Rachel Magee. (2013). Teenagers' Online Question Asking and Answering Behavior. Position Paper. Workshop on Social Media Question Asking. CSCW 2013 San Antonio, TX.

(pdf) Forte, Andrea and Thomas Park. (2012). How People Assess Cooperatively Authored Information Resources. Poster. Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (WikiSym '12), Linz, Austria.

(pdf) Forte, Andrea, Melissa Humphreys and Thomas Park. (2012). Grassroots professional development: How teachers use Twitter. Proceedings of the AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM). Dublin, Ireland. * best paper nomination *

(pdf) Magee, Rachel M., Robin Naughton, Patri O'Gan, Andrea Forte, and Denise E. Agosto (2012). Social Media Practices and Support in U.S. Public Libraries and School Library Media Centers. Poster. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

(pdf) - Willever-Farr, Heather, Andrea Forte and Lisl Zach. (2012). Cashing in on family: The influence of private companies on online family history construction. Position Paper. Workshop: Heritage Matters: Designing for Current and Future Values Through Digital and Social Technologies. CHI 2012 Austin. TX.

(pdf) Forte, Andrea, Niki Kittur, Vanessa Larco, Haiyi Zhu, Amy Bruckman, Robert Kraut. (2012). Coordination and beyond: Social functions of groups in open content production. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 2012, Seattle, WA. pp. 417-426.

(pdf) Forte, Andrea (panel organizer), Judd Antin, Shaowen Bardzell, Leigh Honeywell, John Riedl, Sarah Stierch. (2012). Some of all Human Knowledge: Gender and participation in peer production. Panel. Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 2012, Seattle, WA. pp. 417-426.

(pdf) Willever-Farr, Heather, Lisl Zach, and Andrea Forte. (2012). Tell Me About My Family: A Study of Cooperative Research on Ancestry.com. Proceedings of the iConference, 2012. Toronto, Canada. pp. 303-310.

(email me) - Agosto, D. E., Forte, A., & Magee, R. (2012). Cyberbullying and teens: What YA librarians can do to help. Young Adult Library Services, 10(1): 38-43.

(email me)- Lampe, Cliff, Paul Resnick, Andrea Forte, Sarita Yardi, Dana Rotman, Todd Marshall, Wayne Lutters. (2010) Educational priorities for technology-mediated social participation. IEEE Computer. November, 2010, pp.1-8.

(pdf)- Berland, Leema and Andrea Forte. (2010). When Students Speak, Who Listens? Constructing Audience in Classroom Argumentation . Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences. pp 428-435.

(pdf)- - Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2009). Writing, Citing, and Participatory Media: Wikis as Learning Environments in the High School Classroom. International Journal of Learning and Media. 1(4). pp 23-44.

(pdf, preprint version) - Forte, Andrea, Vanessa Larco and Amy Bruckman. (2009) Decentralization in Wikipedia Governance. Journal of Management Information Systems. 26(1) pp 49-72.

Shorter Conference Version:
(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2008). Scaling consensus: increasing decentralization in Wikipedia governance. Proceedings of Hawaiian International Conference of Systems Sciences (HICSS). (online)

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2008). Information Literacy in the Age of Wikipedia. In Symposium on Learning and Research in the Web 2 Era: Opportunities for Research (Organized by James Slotta) Proceedings of International Conference on the Learning Sciences.

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2007). Constructing text: wiki as a toolkit for (collaborative?) learning. Proceedings of WikiSym 2007. (Montreal, Canada.) pp 31-42.

(email me) - Bruckman, Amy, Alisa Bandlow and Andrea Forte. (2007). HCI for Kids. In The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications. 2nd Ed. Edited by Julie Jacko and Andrew Sears. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

(pdf) - Hewitt, Anne and Andrea Forte. (2006). Crossing Boundaries: Identity Management and Student/Faculty Relationships on Facebook. Poster/Extended Abstract, CSCW 2006.

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2006) From Wikipedia to the classroom: exploring online publication and learning. Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Vol 1. Bloomington, IN, pp. 182-188.

(pdf) - Bryant, Susan, Andrea Forte and Amy Bruckman. (2005). Becoming Wikipedian: transformation of participation in a collaborative online encyclopedia. Proceedings of GROUP International Conference on Supporting Group Work, Sanibel Island, FL, pp. 1-10.

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2005). Why do people write for Wikipedia? Incentives to contribute to open-content publishing. Position Paper. GROUP 05 workshop: Sustaining community: The role and design of incentive mechanisms in online systems. Sanibel Island, FL.

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Mark Guzdial. (2005). Motivation and non-majors in computer science: identifying discrete audiences for introductory courses. IEEE Transactions on Education. (48)2: 248-253.

(pdf) - Guzdial, Mark and Andrea Forte. (2005). Design process for a non-majors computing course. Proceedings of the 36th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. 361-365.

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Mark Guzdial. (2004). Computers for communication, not calculation: media as a motivation and context for learning. Proceedings of the Hawaiian International Conference of Systems Sciences, Big Island, HI.

(pdf) - Forte,Andrea. (2003). Programming for communication: overcoming motivational barriers to computation for all. Proceedings of the IEEE Symposia on Human-Centered Computing Languages and Environments, Auckland, NZ.

PhD Advising

I'm looking to admit 1-2 PhD students to work on privacy-related research in the area of social computing/HCI.
I welcome inquiries from interested applicants. See also: Social Computing Research Group.

Meen Chul Kim
Nora McDonald

graduated students:

Nazanin Andalibi
Rachel Magee
Heather Willever-Farr
Thomas Park


AY 2018/2019: Sabbatical


November 2018, New York: CSCW

July 2018, Barcelona, Spain: Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium

June 2018, Ann Arbor, MI: Sociotechnical Futures Conference

Past Events …

April 2018, Lyons, France: WikiWorkshop Invited Talk

February 2018, Irvine, CA: Invited Talk

January 2018, Sanibel Island: Group 2018 Paper Presentation

May 2017, Vienna, Austria: WikiCite 2017

June 2017, Watsonville, CA: HCIC 2017

July 2017, Isle of Palms, SC: CSST Leadership Summit

November 2016, Sanibel Island, FL: Group 2016

January 2017, Arlington, VA: SaTC PI Meeting

February 2017, Portland, OR: CSCW 2017

June 21-28, 2016, Esino Lario, Italy: Wikimania 2016

Sept 28-29, 2016, Atlanta, GA: CHIbird

Nov 13-17, 2016, Sanibel Island, FL: ACM Group 2016

Feb 25-Mar 1, 2017, Portland, OR: CSCW 2017

Feb 27-Mar 2nd, 2015, San Francisco, CA: CSCW 2016

Feb 1-2nd, 2015, Washington, DC: NSF STEM+C PI and Community Meeting

Dec 10th, 2015, Philadelphia: Penn World Well-Being Project Invited Talk

Dec 5th, 2015, Philadelphia: WordCamp US

Dec 4th, 2015, New York, NY: Cornell Tech Invited Talk

Nov 6th, 2015, Ann Arbor, MI: UMSI Invited Talk

June 28-July 3, 2014, Monterey, CA: HCIC

March 15-19, 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada: CSCW

August 17-18, 2014, Evanston, IL: CSCW Program Committee Meeting

November 13-15, Irvine, CA: Keck Futures Initiative Collective Behavior: From Cells to Societies

March 14-18 (2015) Vancouver, Canada: Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing

January 6-8, Orlando, FL: NSF CE21 Community Meeting

Feb 15-19, Baltimore, MD: CSCW

October 25-27, London. UK: MozFest

October 3-5, Washington DC: NSF/ACM Social Computing Symposium

September 15-21: Unavailable/Personal Travel

June 24-27, Monterey, CA: HCIC

June 16-18, Madison, WI: CSCL

June 11, ExCITe Center, Drexel: Symposium on Urban Informatics

April 27-May 2, Paris, Fr: CHI

February 23-27, San Antonio, TX: CSCW - See our Workshop on CSCW in Education

January 16-18th, NYC: MSR Social Computing Symposium

January 15th, Portland, OR: NSF CE21 Community Meeting

November 9-11, London, UK: MozFest

October 5-6, Ann Arbor, MI: CSCW PC Meeting

October 29-30, Baltimore, MD: ASIST

August 27-30, Linz, Austria: WikiSym

July 12-15, Washington, DC: Wikimania

June 25-29, Monterey, CA: HCIC

June 4-8, Dublin, Ireland: ICWSM

May 5-10, Austin TX: CHI

Wednesday Feb 15, 2pm, Bellevue, WA: Presenting research paper at CSCW Beyond Coordination: Social Functions of Groups in Open Content Production.

Tuesday Feb 14, 2pm, Bellevue, WA: Moderating the CSCW panel Some of all human knowledge: Gender and participation in peer production communities.

Monday Feb 13, 4pm, Bellevue, WA: Discussing the most impactful paper of CSCW 2002, Grinter and Palen's "Instant Messaging in Teen Life" at CSCW 2012 in the session Impact of CSCW.

Saturday 2/11, Redmond, WA: Attending the Social Search Social at Microsoft.

2/2-2/3, Washington DC: Attending Computing Education in the 21st Century NSF community meeting.

Community Engagement

Web Workshops: As part of the openHTML project, our team developed a web building workshop for young people in West Philly neighborhoods of Powelton and Mantua.