Microsoft Research - Mary L. Gray is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research and Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She maintains an appointment as Associate Professor of the Media School, with affiliations in American Studies, Anthropology, and Gender Studies at Indiana University. She also holds an Adjunct faculty position at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in Delhi, India. She studied Anthropology before receiving her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego in 2004. Her research looks at how media access and everyday uses of technologies transform people's lives. Her last book, Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America (New York University Press, 2009) looked at how young people in the rural United States use media to negotiate sexual and gender identities, local belonging, and connections to broader, imagined communities. Mary's current book project, co-authored with computer scientist Siddharth Suri, examines digital workforces and the future of employment through case studies of present day crowdwork on four different crowdsourcing platforms, comparing workers' experiences in the United States and India.
Amara / Data & Society - In 2010 Dean co-founded Amara, home to an award winning subtitle editor that makes it easy to caption and translate video. Amara also hosts volunteer localization & accessibility communities, and offers professional tools and services for subtitles. He has experience as an internet activist, technologist, and event producer. Dean is currently a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute in New York, where he focuses on issues related to crowd work.