2017-2019 Incoming Executive Committee – President

At the annual meeting, AoIR transitions its Executive Committee. Over the next few weeks, we will post interviews from our incoming Executive Committee, as we welcome them into the leadership of the Association.

 

 

Axel Bruns
2017-2019 AoIR Executive Committee – President

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. I’ve been doing Internet research since the late 1990s or so, focusing at first on online communities and then increasingly on citizen journalism and other UGC-related projects. As part of this I’ve also been focussing strongly on the development of new research methods, especially for dealing with the large datasets now available from social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

What is your AoIR Executive Committee position?
President.

What motivated you to serve on the Executive Committee for AoIR?
AoIR is my intellectual home, and a wonderful, supportive community of scholars. I think it’s important for all of us who have benefitted so much from our involvement with AoIR to give back to the community by helping to guide the Association in one form or another – and I’d particularly like to see the Exec come to reflect more clearly the international diversity of the Association. So when we come around to the next Exec election, I hope many more members of the AoIR community will be prepared to stand for office.

How long have you been involved with AoIR? How many conferences have you attended?
I’ve attended every AoIR conference since Toronto in 2003, and I served as conference chair for AoIR 2006 in Brisbane. I’ve also served in an open seat on a previous Exec.

What is/are your current research interests?
I’m just about to publish Gatewatching and News Curation: Journalism, Social Media, and the Public Sphere, a sequel to my 2005 book on citizen journalism that examines the developments in the intersections between news and social media that have occurred over the past ten years or so. As an extension of this work, I’m also planning more research into the informational structures of the contemporary public sphere(s), and especially into the role that so-called ‘fake news’ actually plays here.

What is your favorite meme or YouTube video? Please provide a link to it if you can.
So many memes, so little time! Right now, though, I’m in love with the video for Marillion’s “Living in FEAR” single  – a glorious, uplifting rejection of the politics of fear and division that we’re struggling with in so many places around the world at the moment.

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2017-2019 Incoming Executive Committee – Open Seat

At the annual meeting, AoIR transitions its Executive Committee. Over the next few weeks, we will post interviews from our incoming Executive Committee, as we welcome them into the leadership of the Association.

Jack Qiu
2017-2019 AoIR Executive Committee – Open Seat

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I started to do Internet research since 1995. Most of my work has to do with how Chinese workers use digital media, especially the mobile phone, in their daily work and life, at at critical events. I also work on the sharing economy these days including both corporate platforms and local platform coops in Hong Kong and southeast Asia.

What is your AoIR Executive Committee position?
Open Seat

What motivated you to serve on the Executive Committee for AoIR?
The great reputation of AoIR. I first heard about it many many years from Bill Dutton, my grad school professor, who praised AoIR highly. I also happen to know Axel Bruns pretty well, and am really thrilled to work with him in the ExCo.

How long have you been involved with AoIR? How many conferences have you attended?
I’ve only attended AoIR once in Daegu, Korea. But I’ve been on the AoIR mailing list for maybe a decade. It’s such a wonderful resource!

What is/are your current research interests?
ICTs and the working class, the gig economy, social movements, in the contexts of China, Hong Kong, and southeast Asia

What is your favorite meme or YouTube video? Please provide a link to it if you can.
iSlave. See https://newint.org/features/2011/04/01/islave-foxconn-suicides-workers

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2017-2019 Incoming Executive Committee – Secretary

At the annual meeting, AoIR transitions its Executive Committee. Over the next few weeks, we will post interviews from our incoming Executive Committee, as we welcome them into the leadership of the Association.

 

Daren Brabham
2017-2019 AoIR Executive Committee – Incoming Secretary

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am an independent scholar and consultant based in Los Angeles, California. I study crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, and online communities, often through a critical lens and with qualitative methods. I’m the author of Crowdsourcing (MIT Press, 2013), Crowdsourcing in the Public Sector (Georgetown University Press, 2015), and more than 20 articles and chapters. Through my consulting, I help organizations build and manage online communities for solving problems and producing goods. I earned a BA in communication and religion from Trinity University and an MS and PhD in communication from the University of Utah.

What is your AoIR Executive Committee position?
Secretary (elect)
I love AoIR’s inclusivity, interdisciplinary stance, and quirky community. It has always felt like my intellectual home, and I am eager to give back to keep the organization going and growing.

How long have you been involved with AoIR? How many conferences have you attended?
I attended my first conference in 2008 (Copenhagen) and have attended five more since (2011, Seattle; 2012, Salford; 2013, Denver; 2014, Daegu; 2015, Phoenix). I chaired AoIR’s Best Dissertation Award committee in 2015 and served as a member of the committee in 2016.

What is/are your current research interests?
The focus of my research is on crowdsourcing. I’ve studied the types of problems that can be solved with crowdsourcing; what motivates crowds; crowdsourcing applications in domains such as urban planning and public health; and the discourse surrounding crowdsourcing (and crowdfunding) and what it means for society.

What is your favorite meme or YouTube video? Please provide a link to it if you can.
It took me 3 hours to answer this question because I just went and revisited all the old memes I like. There are just too many, and it’s so high stakes with this particular community, so here’s a solid one I like because I have two pugs:

http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/414/678/cd8.jpg

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