Scholz, Trebor

Trebor  Scholz
PhD, Media Theory, University of Plymouth
Associate Professor of Culture and Media, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

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Areas of Expertise:
Internet and society, digital labor, digital learning, global media activism (in movements such as the Arab Spring)
Trebor Scholz is an artist, writer, and conference organizer and the chair of the conference series The Politics of Digital Culture at The New School.

He is the author of a monograph on the history of the social Web and its Orwellian economies (forthcoming from Polity). He is also the author, with Laura Y. Liu, of From Mobile Playgrounds to Sweatshop City (2011). Mr. Scholz is the editor of Learning Through Digital Media and a volume on digital labor (Routledge, 2012). He co-edited the nine-volume Situated Technologies series and The Art of Free Cooperation (Autonomedia, 2007). Recent book chapters include “Facebook as Playground and Factory,” “Points of Control,” and “Cheaper by the Dozen: An Introduction to Crowdsourcing.”

Mr. Scholz has spoken at 150 conferences internationally. He also founded the Institute for Distributed Creativity, which is widely known for its online discussions of critical network culture.
 Dr. Scholz holds a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He has chaired seven major conferences and co-chaired the 2011 Digital Media and Learning conference in Los Angeles.
Courses Taught:
  • Global Internet Activism
  • Play and Toil in the Digital Sweatshop
  • Participation Literacy
  • Social History of New Media
  • Networks of Desire
Recent Publications:
Learning Through Digital Media (IDC, 2011) (

Co-editor, Situated Technologies series (

MobilityShifts: An International Future of Learning Summit (

The Internet as Playground and Factory (

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