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

Jasmine McNealy

Associate 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 is an associate professor in the Department of Telecommunication in the College of Journalism and Communications.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Ethical AI

Communication Technology

Media Law and Policy

Newsroom Policy


Social Media


Artificial Intelligence

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 (3)

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

Communication Studies

Seungahn Nah, et al.


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.

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

Advertising & Society Quarterly

Nora A Draper, et al.


This Author Meets Critics conversation focuses on Nora Draper's book The Identity Trade: Selling Privacy and Reputation Online.

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

Communication Studies

Seungahn Nah, et al.


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.

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AI Micro Minutes With Dr. Jasmine McNealy: Why is it Important to Recognize Women in Research? UF's Trust in Media & Technology Initiative: Your Privacy Isn't Dead Databite No. 123, Part 3: Jasmine E. McNealy