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Jonathan Zong

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2018–
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Minor in Science, Technology, and Society
Advisor: Arvind Satyanarayan
2018–2020
S.M. Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Princeton University

2014–2018
B.S.E. Computer Science
Advisor: J. Nathan Matias
Certificate in Visual Arts
Advisor: David Reinfurt

University of Oxford

Spring 2017
Visiting Student

Research Experience

Visualization Group, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

2018–
Graduate Researcher
Advisor: Arvind Satyanarayan

Digital Theory Lab, New York University

Nov 2020–
Affiliate

Citizens and Technology Lab, Cornell University

Jun–Aug 2020
Graduate Research Fellow
Mentor: J. Nathan Matias

Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University

2017–2018
Undergraduate Researcher
Advisor: J. Nathan Matias

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Feb–Jun 2017
Undergraduate Researcher
Mentor: Scott Hale

Fluid Interfaces Group, MIT Media Lab

Jan 2016
Undergraduate Researcher
Mentor: Tal Achituv

Work Experience

Google Research, AI UX Team

Jun–Sep 2018
UX Engineering Intern

Google Design, Material UX Team

Jun–Sep 2017
UX Engineering Intern

Linked by Air

Jun–Aug 2016
Software and Design Intern

Square

Jun–Sep 2015
Software Engineering Intern

Coursera

Jun–Aug 2014
Software Engineering Intern (KPCB Engineering Fellow)

Awards & Honors

2020

Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts, MIT

2019

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Hertz Foundation Fellowship Finalist

2018

Lucas Award in Visual Arts, Princeton University

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention

2017

Santos-Dumont Prize for Innovation, Princeton University

Tau Beta Pi Scholarship

Students All to Chaumont 3rd Place, Centre National du Graphisme

Peter B. Lewis Summer Fund for the Arts

2016

Facebook Global Hackathon Finals Honorable Mention

2015

Greylock Partners Hackfest, 1st Place

2014

HackRice, 1st Place, Rice University

KPCB Engineering Fellowship

MIT THINK Scholars

Interact Fellowship

2012

Eagle Scout

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

2022 (forthcoming). Rich Screen Reader Experiences for Accessible Data Visualization. Jonathan Zong*, Crystal Lee*, Alan Lundgard*, JiWoong Jang, Daniel Hajas, Arvind Satyanarayan. Computer Graphics Forum (EuroVis). Best Paper Honorable Mention
2022. Bartleby: Procedural and Substantive Ethics in the Design of Research Ethics Systems. Jonathan Zong, J. Nathan Matias. Social Media + Society.
2020. Representing Real-Time Multi-User Collaboration in Visualizations. Rupayan Neogy, Jonathan Zong, Arvind Satyanarayan. IEEE Visualization Conference (VIS).
2020. Lyra 2: Designing Interactive Visualizations by Demonstration. Jonathan Zong, Dhiraj Barnwal, Rupayan Neogy, Arvind Satyanarayan. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS).
2019. Unruly Cyborgs: The Relational Set Designs of Isamu Noguchi. Jonathan Zong. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies.

Magazine Articles

2020. From Individual Consent to Collective Refusal. Jonathan Zong. ACM XRDS (Crossroads).

Workshops, Conferences, Posters, and Demos

2021. Design Spaces of Domain-Specific Languages: Comparing and Contrasting Approaches in PL and HCI. Jonathan Zong*, Josh Pollock*, Dylan Wootton, Arvind Satyanarayan. PLATEAU Workshop on the Intersection of HCI and PL.
2021. Pointing, Mutual Intelligibility, and the Seeing Subject in HCI. Jonathan Zong. Computer Mouse Conference.
2020. The (Minimal) Persuasive Advantage of Political Video over Text. Chloe Wittenberg, Adam Berinsky, Jonathan Zong, David Rand. International Conference on Computational Social Science.
2020. Lyra: An Interface for Designing Interactive Visualizations. Jonathan Zong, Dhiraj Barnwal, Rupayan Neogy, Arvind Satyanarayan. Computation + Journalism Symposium.
2020. Collective Refusal and the Limits of Informed Consent for Data Protection. Jonathan Zong, J. Nathan Matias. Data & Society Contested Data Workshop.
2018. Automated Debriefing: Interface for Large-Scale Research Ethics. Jonathan Zong, J. Nathan Matias. Companion of the 2018 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. Best Demo Award

Theses

2018. Empirically Studying Research Ethics with Interface Designs for Debriefing Online Field Experiments. B.S.E. Thesis, Princeton University.

Talks & Presentations

Invited Talks

2022. Designing Research Ethics Systems. Accountable Algorithms Reading Group, Northeastern University.
2022. Art, Concepts, Visualizations. Interact Fellowship Symposium.
2020. Designing Systems to Theorize Collective Power. Digital Theory Lab, NYU Media, Culture, and Communication.
2020. Layered Abstractions for Interactive Visualization Design. Digital Structures Group, MIT Department of Architecture.
2019. “The Most Liberal of Arts”. Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.
2018. Public Accountability in Research Ethics. CivilServant Research Summit, MIT Media Lab.

Conference Talks

2020. Public Display and Biometric Sans: Embodied Writing in the Age of Data. Before and Beyond Typography, Stanford University Department of History.
2019. In Our Own Image: The Autonomy of Artificial Bodies in Synthetic Porn. Panel: Internet Connection · Theorizing the Web.

Public Scholarship

Op-Eds

2019. The Struggle to Democratize MIT. Rodrigo Ochigame, Alan Lundgard, Alonso Espinosa Dominguez, Jonathan Zong, Gabrielle Ballard, Sally Haslanger, Edmund Bertschinger, Mani Mengiste, Ruth Perry. The Tech (MIT).
2019. Consent Is Not an Ethical Rubber Stamp. Crystal Lee*, Jonathan Zong*. Slate.
2018. Researching the Researchers: Ethics and Privacy in Institutional Research. Jonathan Zong. Nassau Weekly.

Conversations

2021. Form, Content, Data, Bodies: Jonathan Zong and Beth Semel on Biometric Sans. Jonathan Zong, Beth Semel. Somatosphere.
2021. Holly Herndon in conversation with Tabea Nixdorff and Jonathan Zong. Version Space.
2018. w-t-f: a conversation with Eric Li and Jonathan Zong. Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.

Data Journalism

2021. The Data Visualizations Behind COVID-19 Skepticism. Crystal Lee, Jonathan Zong, Anna Arpaci-Dusseau, Katherine Huang, Mateo Monterde, Ethan Nevidomsky, Tanya Yang, Anna Meurer, Soomin Chun, Arvind Satyanarayan. MIT Visualization Group.

Teaching

Instructor

2020. AI, Justice, Imagination: Technology and Speculative Fiction. Tufts University Experimental College
Visiting Lecturer (Adjunct) (co-instructor with Janet Zong York)

Guest Lecturer

Guest Critic

2022. i-n-t-e-r-f-a-c-e. Princeton University

Exhibitions

2020
WRECKED ALPHABET. Marcel Broodthaers Society of America.
BODY TEXT. Wiesner Gallery, MIT.
2018
w-t-f. Lucas Gallery, Princeton University.
Internet Yami-Ichi. Rhizome, New Art Dealers Alliance.
2017
*a graphic design exhibition*. Princeton University and IN-FO.CO, Los Angeles.
Faire Signe. Biennale de design graphique, Chaumont, France.

Collections

2018

Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University

2016

Graphic Arts Collection, Firestone Library, Princeton University

Art Book Fairs

2019

Tiny Tech Zines, Navel LA

with Free Radicals
2019

Press Play, Pioneer Works

with Tech Zine Fair
2018

Odds and Ends, Yale University

Zine Soup 3.0: Makers Market, Chinatown Soup

NY Tech Zine Fair, School for Poetic Computation

Boston Art Book Fair, Boston Center for the Arts

Student Mentorship

M.Eng. Students

2020–21
EJ Sefah, Katie Bacher
2019–20
Rupayan Neogy

Undergraduate Students

Jan–Jul 2022
Matt Blanco (Northeastern)
Jun–Aug 2021
JiWoong Jang (CMU)
Sep–Dec 2020
Anna Arpaci-Dusseau, Katherine Huang, Mateo Monterde, Ethan Nevidomsky, Tanya Yang, Anna Meurer, Soomin Chun

Service

Peer Reviewing

2022
IEEE VIS, Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE)
2021
IEEE VIS, ACM CHI

Community Building & Activism

2020–
MIT Graduate Student Union, Organizer
2020–
MIT Human-Computer Interaction, Social Committee
2019–20
MIT Students Against War

Selected Press