danah boyd and John Palfrey

danah boyd is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research and a research assistant professor at New York University. John Palfrey is a professor of law at Harvard Law School.

Henry Jenkins

Henry joins the University of Southern California from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was Peter de Florez Professor in the Humanities. He directed MIT’s Comparative Media Studies graduate degree program from 1993-2009, setting an innovative research agenda during a time of fundamental change in communication, journalism and entertainment. As one of the first media scholars to chart the changing role of the audience in an environment of increasingly pervasive digital content, Jenkins has been at the forefront of understanding the effects of participatory media on society, politics and culture. His research gives key insights

Julian Sefton-Green and Gary Stewart

Julian Sefton-Green is an independent scholar working in Education and the Cultural and Creative Industries. Gary Stewart is an artist, researcher and musician working between the UK, Brazil and the Caribbean.

Luka Carfagna

Luka Carfagna is a doctoral student in the Sociology Department at Boston College and holds an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Luka works as a research assistant for Juliet Schor as part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Connected Learning Research Network and is currently studying online open-source, peer-to-peer, and non-traditional learning initiatives. Luka’s research interests are in economic sociology and the sociology of education with a specific focus on how institutional and organizational mechanisms facilitate the reproduction of inequality.

Michael Lachney

Michael Lachney has a background in video production and media studies. He is an in- and after-school mentor for Chicago’s Digital Youth Network. Throughout the last two years Michael has taught video production and fan fiction courses to middle school students. He plans enroll at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall of 2012, as a Science and Technology Studies doctoral student.

Whitney Burke

Whitney Burke is a writer and digital communications specialist exploring the ways in which digital media are changing learning environments, civic traditions, and youth culture. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in print and digital journalism in 2009.