Casey Fiesler is an assistant professor of information science at University of Colorado Boulder, where she directs the Internet Rules Lab, and researches and teaches in the areas of online communities, and technology ethics and governance. She is also a recipient of a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, and her research has been covered in media outlets like The New York Times, WIRED, and Teen Vogue. She holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech, where her dissertation focused on how copyright law mediates technology use and interaction in online creative communities like fandom. She has been a member of the legal committee for the Organization for Transformative Works since 2009 and, according to Archive of Our Own’s statistics, wrote over 500,000 words of fanfiction between 2002 and 2010. She is also a passionate public scholar, and loves to talk about her research on Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube.
Deep Dive : Toward a Better Internet
Gift Logic: Labors of love flourish online under fandom’s social norms
Fan culture’s cycle of gifting, receiving, and reciprocating helps create and maintain social solidarityBy Casey Fiesler