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David Alan Grier

Associate Professor of International Science and Technology Policy

Office: 1957 E Street, 403

"After a while nothing really matters," wrote Edith Wharton, "any more than these little things, that used to be necessary and important to forgotten people, and now have to be guessed at under a magnifying glass and labeled: 'Use unknown.'"


For the past 15 years, I have been a writer and commentator on the social milieu of computation. Recently, I have been working on the problems posed by crowdsourcing, which is both a very new and very old form of production.

Selected Publications:

When Computers Were Human, Princeton University Press 2005

Too Soon To Tell, Wiley, 2009

"The Known World," IEEE Computer, 2005


BA Middlebury College
PhD University of Washington, Seattle