Benjamin Mako Hill will study the cooperative production of public information goods online. His research will seek to model why some attempts at “peer production”—like Wikipedia and Linux—build large volunteer communities while the vast majority never grow large. In particular, he plans to test and extend theories of collective action and commons provision using data from large populations of online communities. He also hopes to model the way that causes of future growth shift as communities grow and mature.
Hill is an assistant professor in the department of communication at the University of Washington and a founding member of the Community Data Science Collective. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in UW’s Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering as well as a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and an affiliate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science — both at Harvard University. He has also been a leader, developer, and contributor to the free and open source software community for nearly two decades. Hill has degrees from Hampshire College, the MIT Media Lab, and the MIT Sloan School of Management.
For more, see Hill’s website: https://mako.cc/academic/