Kieran Hegarty

Kieran Hegarty is a librarian and sociologist of digital media. He is a PhD candidate in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University and was an inaugural Digital Humanism Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Kieran is also a PhD member of two of Australia’s leading research centres (the Centre for Urban Research and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT) and works as a Research Fellow with leading scholars of digital media at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.

Kieran’s research explores the relationship between social infrastructure (particularly libraries) and digital technologies. His PhD research examines how online material is incorporated into major public library collections, and the effects that a changing information environment has on the public’s right to access and contribute to the shared cultural record. For more information, Kieran’s website is

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