CV

June 30th, 2015

CURRICULUM VITAE

Hector Postigo

Associate Professor
Temple University
Dept. of Media Studies and Production
School of Media and Communication

 

Positions

 

2008-Present Associate Professor, Department of Media Studies and Production, School of Media and Communication, Temple University

2013 January to June 2013.  Visiting researcher, Microsoft Research New England the Social Media Collective, Cambridge MA

2006-2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Utah

2004-2006 Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology, Department of Math and Science, Capitol Community College

1999-2001 Lecturer, Anatomy and Physiology, Department of Physiology and Neurobiology, University of Connecticut

Education

PhD. Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2006
Dissertation: The Age of the Crime-Fighting Machine: Technological Enforcement and Subversion of Digital Copyright Law on the Internet.

M.S. Physiology and Neurobiology, University of Connecticut, 1999
Thesis: “Characterization of Transgenic Mice Overexpressing a dominant negative bFGF Receptor in GnRH Neurons”

B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Connecticut, 1996

Research

Grants in the Humanities and Social Sciences

2013- 2016 Collaborative Science: Crowdsourcing Protein Biochemistry.  Funded by the National Science Foundation

2011-Present, Temple PI with Collaborative PI Tarleton Gillespie Cornell University, “Cultural Production in the Digital Age.”

2009-2012, Co-PI with Co-PI Partners from Technical University of Berlin Germany Managing Partner, University of Lodz Poland, University of Tel Aviv Israel, Turku School of Economics Finland and Lancaster University UK.  “Privacy Awareness through Branding of Security Organizations.”

2007- 2010: “The Digital Universe and Web 2.0: Proposal for Studying the Construction of Synergistic Expert/Non Expert Knowledge Networks for Human Rights.”  Funded by the National Science Foundation

2007- 2008. Grant to develop information architecture and design content collection strategies for the Human Rights Portal of the Human Experience Coalition. Funded by the Digital Universe Foundation.

Books

October 2012, The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright. The MIT Press.

September 2012, Managing Privacy Through Accountability. Palgrave Macmillan Press, London, UK. (Co-edited with Daniel Guagnin, Leon Hemple, Carla Ilten, Inga Kroener and Daniel Neyland)

Book Reprinted Excerpts

February 2014 Origins of the Digital Rights Movement: The White Paper and the Digital Millennium Copyright ActA BIT of The Digital Rights Movement.  The MIT Press

 

Book Chapters 

Forthcoming 2014, “Modding,” in Debugging Game History: A Critical Lexicon. Raiford Guins and Henry Lowood Eds.

Forthcoming 2014, “Independent Amateurs: YouTube as Indy Platform in Video Game Culture,” in Media Independence James Bennett and Niki Strange

Articles in Communication and Digital Media

2015- “Social Media: The Unbearable Lightness of Meaning” in  Social Media + Society April-June 2015: 1  –2

2014- “The socio-technical architecture of digital labor: Converting play into YouTube money.”   New Media & Society 1  –18

2012- “Technology and Culture in the Digital Rights Movement,” Information Communication and Society. Vol 15:8 pp 1165-1185

2011- “Questioning the Web 2.0 Discourse: Social Roles, Production and Value: the Case of the Human Rights Portal,” The Information Society. Vol. 27:3 pp.181-192

2010- “ICTs and Framing for Backfire in the Digital Rights Movement: the Case of Dmitry Sklyarov’s Advanced eBook Processor” Social Science Computer Review May 2010 vol. 28 no. 2 232-250

2009- “Modding to the Big Leagues:  Exploring the Space between Modders and the Game Industry” First Monday May 2009; vol. 15:5; www.firstmonday.org

2009- “America Online Volunteers: Lessons from an Early Co-production Community” International Journal of Cultural Studies, Sep 2009; vol. 12: pp. 451 – 469

2008- “Capturing Fair Use for the YouTube Generation: The Digital Rights Movement, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the User-Centered Framing of Fair Use,” Information Communication and Society 11(7), 1008-1027

2008- “Video Game Appropriation through Modifications: Attitudes Concerning Intellectual Property among Fans and Modders,” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies Volume 14 Issue 1

2007- “Of Mods and Modders: Chasing Down the Value of Fan-based Digital Game Modifications,” Games and Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media. Volume 2 Issue 4:300-312

2003- “Emerging Sources of Labor on the Internet: The Case of America Online Volunteers,” International Review of Social History. December 2003, Volume 48 Issue S11: 205-223

2003- “From Pong to Planet Quake: Post-Industrial Transitions from Leisure to Work,” Information, Communication & Society. December 2003, Volume 6, Issue 4: 593-607

Creative Work and Scholarship in Digital Media

2011-present- Co-Founder Culturedigitally.org:  Currently site has become a gathering point for scholars thinking about digital media and society and hosts writing and resources collaboratively contributed by over 30 participants world wide.  It receives over 1200 unique hits per month and contributions have been cross-posted on Salon.com and NPR.org.

Culture Digitally the PodCast 2011-Present: A series that documents conversations among digital media scholars on issues related to cultural production and digital media, available on iTunes.

Articles in the Biological Sciences

2005- Pei-San Tsai, Suzanne M. Moenter, Hector R. Postigo, Mohammed El Majdoubi, Toni R. Pak, John C. Gill, Sreenivasan Paruthiyil, Sabine Werner and Richard I. Weiner, “Targeted Expression of a Dominant-Negative Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) Receptor in Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Neurons Reduces FGF Responsiveness and the Size of GnRH Neuronal Population” Molecular Endocrinology, Jan 2005; 19: 225 – 236.

2000-Lihong Zhang, Nancy L. Wayne, Nancy M. Sherwood, Hector R. Postigo and Pei-San Tsai, “Biological and Immunological Characterization of Multiple GnRH in an Opisthobranch Mollusk, Aplysia Californica,” General and Comparative Endocrinology Volume 118, Issue 1, April 2000, Pages 77-89.

Reprinted Articles

2010- “From Pong to Planet Quake: Post-Industrial Transitions from Leisure to Work” Reprinted in “Post-Industrial Society: Sage Key Debates in Sociology” edited by Barry Smart, Sage Publications.

2007- “Emerging Sources of Labor on the Internet: The Case of America Online Volunteers,” International Review of Social History. Reprinted in Technology Studies: Key Issues of the 20th Century. Ed. Rayvon Fouche, Sage Publications.

 Invited Speaker

February 2014, Public Performance of Video Gameplay:  Creativity and Property, “Forum on iProperty: Creativity and Ownership in a Digital World,” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia,

November 2013,  Technological Resistance and Technological Regulation in Media Consumption Research Colloquium Department of Communication and Culture, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA.

November 2013, Graduate Colloquium. “Technology, Resistance and Law: Digital Copyright and the Digital Rights Movement,” Department of History and Politics, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA

October 2013, Participatory Observation, Participatory Culture and Interventionist Research:  When should we strive to be more than observers in digital culture? Digital methods, ethical challenges: Symposium on the ethics and methods of digital media research on vulnerable populations.  Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA.

June 2013, Culture Digitally Workshop 3. King’s College of London and Goldsmiths University. London, UK.

April 2013, “ Technology, Resistance and Law: Digital Copyright and the Digital Rights Movement”  Rutgers School of  Law School

April 2013, “The future of Consumption:  the Digital Rights Movement and how You are the Tube” School of Journalism University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

March 2013, “Frames, Inquiry, Epistemology, Remix Methods and Ethics: STS and Unpacking the Approach to Researching Online Cultural Practices.” Presentation at Workshop: Life Online: Unpacking the Approach to Researching Online Cultural Practices.  Drexel University

March 2013, “YouTube Money:  The Structure of the Political Economy of the Participatory Web” Department of Communication, Christopher Newport University, Virginia.

November 2012, “The Structure and Politics of The Social Web:  Revisiting Technological Determinism and Social Construction” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Comparative Media Studies, Cambridge, MA

October 2012, “YouTube Game Commentary and The Celestial Capture Card: Architecture, Capture and Conversion” Microsoft Research New England. Cambridge MA

March 2012, Fifth Annual Schmidt Lecture on Technology and Society at the Collage of William and Mary

October 2011, AoIR Graduate Student Colloquium Mentor Program, Seattle WA.

September 2011, Ethical Privacy Branding in the Security Industry:  Indicators of Ethical Branding in the US Security Industry Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

May 2011, “Ethical Privacy Branding in the Security Industry:  Introducing a Method of Devising Ethical Privacy Indicators.” City College of London.  London, UK

April 2011, “The Digital Rights Movement:  Free Culture Activism and the YouTube Generation.” Center for the Humanities, Temple University. Philadelphia, PA

April 2011, “The Meaning of Digital Labor: The Case of AOL.”  The New School, NY, NY

March 2011, “Cultural Production in the Digital Age.” Cornell University Ithaca, NY.

September 2010, “A Semiotic Analysis of Branding in the US Security Industry.”  University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland.

November 2009, “The Internet as Playground and Factory: America Online Volunteers: Lessons from an Early Co-production Community.”  The New School University, NY, NY.

October 2009, “Round Table: NSF Funding and the Humanities.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

March 2009, “Game On! Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Xbox.”  Interpreting Technoscience: Explorations in Identity, Culture and Democracy Lecture Series, Center for Advanced Study, the Department of History, Illinois Informatics Institute, College of Media and WILL Public Media.  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

January 2008,  “Capturing Fair Use for the iPod Generation: The Digital Rights Movement and The Case of iTunes.”  Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

January 2008, “Of Mods and Modders: Productive Communities in Video Game Culture.” Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

 

Conference Papers in Communication and Digital Media

October 2013 Producing Digital Publics from Gaming to Crowdsourcing, at the Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers, Denver CO.

November 2013 From Playing to Making Gameplay on Youtube :  The Practice and Architecture of Video Game Culture As Labor at the Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago. IL.

April 2013, “Making Gameplay, Making Game Pay: The Structure and Practice of Gameplay Commentary on YouTube” Extending Play Conference Rutgers School of Communication (Panel Organizer and Presenter)

October 2012, “Structuring Practice and Commodity: The Case Video Game-Play Commentary on YouTube” Conference for the Association of Internet Researchers, Salford, UK (Organizer and Presenter).

February 2012, “Communicating privacy in societies: Privacy Awareness through Security Organization Branding.” Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference.  Brussels, Belgium.

2010, “Internal Regulatory Practices of the Security Industry in the United States.” Privacy Branding:  Internal Regulatory Practices of the Security Industry Conference. Organizer and Presenter

2009, “Culture as a Master Frame in the Digital Rights Movement,” Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

July 2009, Invited participant,  “Privacy Awareness through Branding of Security Organizations Workshop.” Berlin, Germany

2009, “Web 2.0, Social Networking Technologies and Human Rights Organizations:  Transition from Mediating Messages to Mediating Action.”  Media in Transition Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

2009, Invited Participant, “Digital Rights Management System.” Fair Use Pre-Conference, International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

2008, “Modding to the Big Leagues: Exploring the Liminal Space between Modders and Professional Game Designers.” Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2008- Invited Participant “Virtual Scandal and Sacrilege: Who’s Griefing Now: The Sacrilege of Hacking.” South By South West (SXSW) Interactive Festival, Austin, Texas.

2007, “Video Game Appropriation through Modifications: Attitudes Concerning Intellectual Property among Fans and Modders.” Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Vancouver BC.

2007, Panel Organizer, “Constructing Resistance in the Digital Rights Movements: Frame Capture and Politicizing Participatory Culture” Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Vancouver BC.

2007, “A Hopeful Mirror: Military Games as Visions of the Future Army,” with Sean Lawson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Society for the Social Studies of Science Conference, Montreal Quebec.

2006, “Of Mods and Modders: Chasing Down the Value of Fan-based Digital Game Modifications. “Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Brisbane AU.

2006, “A History of ‘Hacks’ to iTunes’ Digital Right Management: Situating Hacking within the Digital Rights Movement.” Society for the Social Studies of Science Conference, Vancouver, BC.

2005, “The Subversion of Digital Copyright through Technological Means.” Law and Society Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

2003, Invited Participant, “From Pong to Planet Quake: Post-Industrial Transitions from Leisure to Work.” Digital Games Industries: Developments, Impact and Direction Conference, Center for Research on Innovation and Competition and the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

2003, Invited Participant, “Copyright Law on the Internet: The Gap Between the Law and the Individual.” Network World: Information Technology and Globalization Conference. Santa Clara School of Law and the Center for Science Technology and Society, Santa Clara, CA.

2003, “The Soul of a New Economy: Labor and Value on the Internet.” Society for Social Studies of Science Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

2002, “Towards a Sociological Understanding of the Motivations for Value Production on the Internet.” Association of Internet Research Conference, Maastricht, Netherlands.

2001, “Unwaged Labor: A Case Study of America Online Community Leaders.” Association of Internet Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Conference Papers in the Biological Sciences

1998, “Characterization of Transgenic Mice Overexpression dominant negative Basic Fibroblast Growth Fctor (bFGF) Receptors in GnRH Neurons” The National Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Miami Floriday.

1997, “Immunological Characterization of GnRH Neurons in the mollusk Aplysia californica” Neuroscience at Storrs. The University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Teaching

 

Courses Taught in Communication and Digital Media

Fall 2013, Video Game Industry and Culture, Department of Media Studies and Production, Temple University

Summer 2013  The Future of Your Television, Department of Media Studies and Production, Temple University

Spring/Fall 2012, Video Game Industry and Culture, Department of Media Studies and Production, Temple University

Spring/Fall 2012, Information Technology Policy, Department of Media Studies and Production, Temple University

2011, Mass Communication Qualitative Research Methods, Graduate Program in Mass Media and Communication, School of Communication and Theater Temple University

2010, The Future of Television, Department of Media Studies and Production, Temple University

2009, Mass Communication Qualitative Research Methods, Graduate Program in Mass Media and Communication, School of Communication and Theater Temple University

2009, The Future of Television, Department of Media Studies and Production, Temple University

2009, User Generated Content Independent Study, Department of Media Studies and Production, Temple University

2008, User Generated Content Independent Study, Department of Media Studies and Production, Temple University

2008, Mass Communication Theory, Department of Media Studies and Production, Temple University

2006-2008, Web 2.0 Social Networking and the Wired Classroom, Department of Communication, University of Utah and the Tanner Humanities Center

2006-2008, Advanced Web Design, Department of Communication, University of Utah

2006-2008 Introduction to Web Design, Department of Communication, University of Utah

2007, Mass Communication Theory (Graduate Course), Department of Communication, University of Utah

2006, Communication Technology and Culture (Cross-listed Graduate Course), Department of Communication, University of Utah

2004, Design, Culture and Society, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2004, Introduction to Sociology, Department of Social Sciences, Northwestern Connecticut Community College

2003, History of the United States since Reconstruction, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2002, Politics and Economics of Information Technology, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2001, The Information Technology Revolution: Myth or Reality, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

 

 

Courses Taught in the Biological Sciences

2004-2006, Microbiology, Math and Science Dept., Capitol Community College

2004-2006, Microbiology Laboratory, Math and Science Dept., Capitol Community College

2004-2006, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Math and Science Dept. ,Capitol Community College

1999-2001, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Dept. of Anatomy and Physiology, the University of Connecticut

1997-1999, Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory, Dept. of Anatomy and Physiology, the University of Connecticut

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