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Aaron Shaw is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, co-founder of the Community Data Science Collective, and Director of the Northwestern Media, Technology, and Society Program. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley and was a Lenore Annenberg and Wallis Annenberg Fellow in Communication at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2017-2018. 

Aaron studies how people organize and collaborate online, especially in peer production communities (like Wikipedia). Most of it considers why and how a few of these projects grow and produce high quality public resources when most do not. He also analyzes inequalities in online participation, especially in online communities and gig economy platforms. 


Publications

Publication
Mar 20, 2011

Designing Incentives for Inexpert Human Raters

This paper presents the results of an experiment comparing the effects of social, financial, and hybrid incentive schemes on worker performance in an online labor market (Amazon's…

Apr 27, 2010

A Tale of Two Blogospheres: Discursive Practices on the Left and Right

This paper compares the practices of discursive production and participation among top U.S. political blogs on the left, right, and center during the summer of 2008 and finds…


News

Oct 15, 2013

Shaw and Benkler win Best Published Article Award in Information Technology and Politics from the APSA

Berkman fellow Aaron Shaw and faculty member Yochai Benkler have won the Best Published Article Award in Information Technology and Politics published in 2012 from the American…

May 26, 2011

61st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association

Attending ICA 2011 this week and trying to figure out which sessions to take in? A number of Berkman Center people are also participating in ICA 2011...


Events

Jan 20, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Internet Skills and Wikipedia's Gender Inequality

with Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw, Northwestern University

Eszter and Aaron will speak about their research on the normal, daily use of the web as well as organization and mobilization within web communities.

Feb 21, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

The Internet, Young Adults and Political Participation around the 2008 Presidential Elections

Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw, Berkman Fellows

Based on unique survey data of a diverse group or young adults with unusually high representation of racial and ethnic minorities from Spring 2009, Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw…

Event
Jul 7, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

HIT me baby one more time, Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love Amazon Mechanical Turk

Aaron Shaw, Berkman Center Fellow

Aaron Shaw will discuss who's using Amazon's Mechanical Turk, its implications for social scientists, the future of labor markets, and life on the Internet as we know it.

Event
May 20, 2009 @ 6:00 PM

Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group

Aaron Shaw - Polanyi's Penguin? Commons-Based Industry in the Neoliberal Knowledge Economy; Colleen Kaman - The World in the Network; Rasmus Kleis Nielsen - Mundane Tools and…