James Leach is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and Research Fellow in Anthropology, King’s College, Cambridge. Worked extensively on knowledge production and ownership in different cultural contexts, especially those of Open Source Software development, interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, technologists and scientists, and collaboration and partnership across cultural and social divides (www.jamesleach.net).

Dawn Nafus is a research anthropologist with the People and Practices Research Group (PaPR) at Intel Labs in Portland, Oregon. She holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Cambridge. She has conducted research on gender in communities of open source developers, economic development and the social imagination of Silicon Valley, and practices of Internet usage in St. Petersburg, Russia as it relates to sociability. She is currently part of a mixed method, multi-year project on perceptions of time, mobility and technology. Before coming to Intel she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Essex.

Matt Ratto researches specific technologies as sites where materiality, pragmatic work, and discursive practices come together to influence the development of communities, disciplines, and other social groups. He has examined the development of distributed free/open source software collectives, the creation of large-scale genetic databases, and is currently studying the role of computer simulation and modeling in archaeology. Matt received his Ph.D. from the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego in 2003 and has since been employed by the Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science. He is at HUMIlab in Umea, Sweden.