About Me

Tero Karppi

Associate Professor, ICCIT & Faculty of Information,
University of Toronto
Docent of Communication, University of Helsinki
Phd, University of Turku
email: tero dot karppi at utoronto dot ca


Tero Karppi is Associate Professor of Critical Computation and Digital Media at ICCIT at the University of Toronto. For a decade, Karppi has been working on the nascent field of disconnection studies focusing on how social media platforms engage their users and keep them captivated despite emerging desires to quit. He examines the role of social media in our daily lives and investigates how the power of these platforms is designed, established, and enacted.

Karppi is the author of Disconnect: Facebook’s Affective Bonds (Minnesota 2018), one of the authors of Undoing Networks (Minnesota/Meson 2021), and one of the editors of Reckoning with Social Media (Rowman & Littlefield 2021). Karppi’s research has been published in journals such as Theory Culture & SocietyNew Media & Society, and Convergence.

Karppi has worked as a researcher at the University of Turku, and at the Game Research Laboratory, University of Tampere. In 2013, Karppi did a PhD internship with Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research. Before joining U of T, Karppi was assistant professor of media theory at the Department of Media Study, at the University at Buffalo. 

Karppi’s research is inspired by theories and approaches from media theory, internet studies, platform and software studies. Karppi is interested in supervising doctoral research focused on critical studies of digital and social media.  

Selected Articles

Gál, Réka Patrícia, L M Wilkins, Yuxing Zhang, Marie-Pier Boucher, Tero Karppi, and Jeremy Packer. “Space Media.” Canadian Journal of Communication, 46:3, 645-662 (2021). https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2021v46n3a4085

Karppi, Tero, Aleena Chia, and Ana Jorge. “In the Mood for Disconnection.” Convergence, (August 2021). https://doi.org/10.1177/13548565211034621.

Karppi, Tero.  “Socioeconomic status update: on Whitehead, Facebook, and targeting a high-end smartphone advertisement,” Parallax, 26:1, 48-64 (2020) , DOI: 10.1080/13534645.2019.1685779

Karppi, Tero, and David B Nieborg. “Facebook Confessions: Corporate Abdication and Silicon Valley Dystopianism.” New Media & Society, (June 2020). https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820933549.

Karppi, Tero, Granata, Yvettte. “Non-artificial non-intelligence: Amazon’s Alexa and the frictions of AI.” AI & Society 34,867–876 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-019-00896-w

Karppi, Tero, Marc Böhlen, and Yvette Granata. “Killer Robots as Cultural Techniques.” International Journal of Cultural Studies 21, no. 2 (March 2018): 107–23. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367877916671425.

Karppi, Tero. “‘The Computer Said So’: On the Ethics, Effectiveness, and Cultural Techniques of Predictive Policing.” Social Media + Society, (April 2018). https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305118768296.

Böhlen, Marc and Karppi, Tero. “The Making of Robot Care,” Transformations Journal, No 29 (2017). http://www.transformationsjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Transformations29_Bohlen-Karppi.pdf

Karppi, Tero, and Kate Crawford. “Social Media, Financial Algorithms and the Hack Crash.” Theory, Culture & Society 33, no. 1 (January 2016): 73–92. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276415583139.

Crawford, Kate, Jessa Lingel, and Tero Karppi. “Our Metrics, Ourselves: A Hundred Years of Self-Tracking from the Weight Scale to the Wrist Wearable Device.” European Journal of Cultural Studies 18, no. 4–5 (August 2015): 479–96. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549415584857.

Tero Karppi, ”’Change Name to No One. Like People’s Status’ Facebook Trolling and Managing Online Personas.” The Fibreculture Journal, issue 22 (2013). https://twentytwo.fibreculturejournal.org/fcj-166-change-name-to-no-one-like-peoples-status-facebook-trolling-and-managing-online-personas/

Tero Karppi, “Death Proof. On the Biopolitics and Noopolitics of Memorializing Dead Facebook Users.” Culture Machine, Vol. 14 (2013): 1-20. https://culturemachine.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/513-1161-1-PB.pdf

Tero Karppi, “Exploring Augmented Reality: On Users and Rewiring the Senses.” CTRL-Z: New Media Philosophy 2012, Issue 2. 

Karppi, Tero, and Olli Sotamaa. “Rethinking Playing Research: DJ HERO and Methodological Observations in the Mix.” Simulation & Gaming 43, no. 3 (June 2012): 413–29. https://doi.org/10.1177/1046878111434263.

Tero Karppi, “Digital Suicide and the Biopolitics of Leaving Facebook.“ Transformations Journal, Issue No.20. 

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