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Jasmine McNealy - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Jasmine McNealy Jasmine McNealy

Assistant Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Jasmine McNealy studies information, communication, and technology with a view toward influencing law and policy.


Jasmine E. McNealy studies information, communication, and technology with a view toward influencing law and policy. Her research focuses on privacy, online media, and communities. She holds a PhD in Mass Communication with and emphasis in Media Law, and a J.D. from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Science degree in both Journalism and Afro-American studies from the University of Wisconsin. McNealy was recently named a Data Society Research Institute Fellow.

Industry Expertise (4)

Media - Online

Legal Services

Social Media


Areas of Expertise (6)

Communication Technology

Media Law and Policy

Newsroom Policy


Social Media


Media Appearances (3)

Harassers Use Substack Sign-Ups to Spam Trans People and Allies

Observer  online


There are few legal options for forcing Substack to abide by its own Terms of Service, according to Jasmine McNealy, a professor of telecommunications at the University of Florida. McNeely also said that Substack is probably not violating any spam laws; there is no requirement that companies set up confirmations for newsletter subscriptions. “If you went after whoever’s signing people up for this, then that might be different. Then you might be able to use state-level anti-harassment laws,” she said. But Substack itself is unlikely to be held accountable by law.

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From whistleblower laws to unions: How Google’s AI ethics meltdown could shape policy

VentureBeat  online


Jasmine McNealy is an attorney, associate professor of journalism at the University of Florida, and faculty associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. McNealy recently accepted funding from Google for AI ethics research. She expressed skepticism about the idea that the present economic environment will allow public universities to turn down funding from tech or virtually any other source. “Unless state legislators and governors say ‘We don’t necessarily like money coming from these kinds of organizations or people,’ I don’t think universities — particularly public universities — are going to stop taking money from organizations,” she said.

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Sick of unwanted Twitter replies? New feature lets users limit who can reply to tweets

USA Today  online


The new feature poses concerns on whether the new feature violates the First Amendment, according to legal expert Jasmine McNealy. "It should be known for public officials that you shouldn't be using this feature to cut off anyone," said McNealy, who is a professor of information, communication, and technology at the University of Florida.

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Articles (5)

Communication Infrastructure, Social Media, and Civic Participation across Geographically Diverse Communities in the United States

Communication Studies

Seungahn Nah, Hazel K Kwon, Wenlin Liu, Jasmine E McNealy

2021 Despite a growing body of scholarship on Communication Infrastructure Theory (CIT), the applicability of CIT as an ecological approach in rural and suburban areas remains largely unexplored in comparison with its urban counterpart. The current study advances CIT across the geographically dispersed communities (i.e., urban, suburban, and rural) and explores how community storytelling networks, through social media and interpersonal discussion, interact with the diverse communities on civic participation. A nationwide online panel survey reveals that community-oriented social media (CSM) use was positively associated with civic participation. The results also indicate that the relationship between CSM and civic participation was stronger for those who reside in rural communities. Interpersonal discussion in this study played a similar role for residents living in suburban communities. This study’s theoretical contribution, policy implications, and practical applications are further discussed in the contexts of communication infrastructure, social media, and civic participation.

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Communicating Artificial Intelligence (AI): Theory, Research, and Practice

Communication Studies

Seungahn Nah, Jasmine McNealy, Jang Hyun Kim, Jungseock Joo

2020 In more than 60 years since the founding of artificial intelligence (AI) as a formal academic discipline, rapid advances in technology have driven an enormous increase in interest in the field of study. AI subfields, including machine learning, neural networks, and the social implications of AI, have initiated new approaches to research and emergent questions. Of particular interest is the study of AI at its intersection with the study of communication. Like AI, communication, too, overlaps with other fields like sociology, anthropology, economics, and computer science, among others, while focusing on human information exchange in its various forms. Despite an increasing scholarly attention of artificial intelligence, AI/communication studies concerning social, political, cultural, and ethical aspects of machine intelligence, interactions among agents, and social artifacts remain ripe for exploration.

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“Free the Nipple” One Broadcast at a Time: FCC Indecency Regulations of Nudity

Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society

Michaela Mullis, Jasmine McNealy

2020 With feminist movements gaining momentum, it is important to examine societal constructions rooted in androcentric ideologies, including laws and policies. This article examines FCC indecency regulations in conjunction with the" Free the Nipple" campaign, a social movement emphasizing the liberation of female toplessness. Through exploration of societal and legal contexts, this article disputes two popular arguments for the censorship of the female nipple on broadcast television: the sexual organ argument and the child protection defense.

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Tackling misinformation: What researchers could do with social media data

The Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review

Irene V Pasquetto, Briony Swire-Thompson, Michelle A Amazeen, Fabrício Benevenuto, Nadia M Brashier, Robert M Bond, Lia C Bozarth, Ceren Budak, Ullrich KH Ecker, Lisa K Fazio, Emilio Ferrara, Andrew J Flanagin, Alessandro Flammini, Deen Freelon, Nir Grinberg, Ralph Hertwig, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Kenneth Joseph, Jason J Jones, R Kelly Garrett, Daniel Kreiss, Shannon McGregor, Jasmine McNealy et al.

2020 Social media platforms rarely provide data to misinformation researchers. This is problematic as platforms play a major role in the diffusion and amplification of mis-and disinformation narratives. Scientists are often left working with partial or biased data and must rush to archive relevant data as soon as it appears on the platforms, before it is suddenly and permanently removed by deplatforming operations. Alternatively, scientists have conducted off-platform laboratory research that approximates social media use.

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Author Meets Critics: The Identity Trade: Selling Privacy and Reputation Online

Advertising & Society Quarterly

Nora A Draper, Melissa Aronczyk, Mark Bartholomew, Jasmine E McNealy, Edward Timke

2020 This Author Meets Critics conversation focuses on Nora Draper's book The Identity Trade: Selling Privacy and Reputation Online (NYU Press, 2019). Draper meets with advertising, communication, and law scholars to discuss the following topics: what the consumer privacy industry is; a brief history of the consumer privacy industry; the differences among visibility, privacy, and transparency; the rhetoric of self-regulation in the consumer privacy industry; the logic behind social media addiction; the role of online reputation management services; online reputation management companies' relationship to big technology companies; individual versus collective solutions for data, privacy, and surveillance problems; the high cost of online reputation tools; the importance of media literacy in looking at online reputation tools; the nature of search engine optimization (SEO); the potential for a consumer privacy and data movement; open source privacy tools; and advice for industry practitioners.

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Languages (1)

  • English