While copyright and virtual goods both impose artificial scarcity on non-rivalrous matter, copyright is designed to provide incentives to producers, while in virtual goods scarcity provides benefits to consumers directly.
Economic sociologist, virtual economies and digital work
Pink and Blue Pixel$: Gender and Economic Disparity in Two Massive Online Games published in The Information Society. Analyses gender gaps in EVE Online and EverQuest 2 data.
Next week I will be at the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama. Let me know if you’d like to meet!
Gave a talk on Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis at University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies this Wednesday.
I’ve joined the journal Policy & Internet as an editor. Here is my take on the past and future of this research area.
Economics for Orcs: How can virtual world economies inform national economies? A talk I gave at my book’s launch event at the Oxford Internet Institute on 26 June.
My book Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis (with Edward Castronova) comes out from MIT Press today!
Giving a keynote on “Policy making in the digital era” at the KIDE day organized by Finland’s ministry of communications in Helsinki on 14 May
Speaking tomorrow at the F2P Summit in London on Why Put a Player-to-Player Economy into Your F2P Game, and How?
Giving a talk on Economic Balancing and Improved Monetization Through Clever Sink Design at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tue 18 Mar
I’m co-organizing a conference on Crowdsourcing for Politics and Policy at the Oxford Internet Institute on 25-26 Sep. Abstract deadline is 14 March, check it out!
The Helsinki Spring: my short essay on entrepreneurship and cultural change published in Research on Finnish Society
Identity and Self-Organization in Unstructured Work: my first full paper about life as a crowd worker published in the Dynamics of Virtual Work working paper series (with Paul Mezier)
I am again honoured to be listed in the top 100 influencers in Finnish ICT by Tietoviikko magazine
Giving a talk on Unstructured work and coping strategies of low-status online workers at University of Vienna Sociological Lectures series on 7 January
We’re recruiting a researcher to the OII to do fieldwork on virtual work in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa - apply by 13 December!
Interested in pursuing a master’s degree or a doctorate at the Oxford Internet Institute? Check out our Virtual Open Day on Tuesday 26 November.
I am organizing a Workshop on Virtual Currency Research on 21st November at the OII.
Now online: the poster behind my CrowdConf presentation dealing with identity and self-control in microwork.
What Cloud Labor Teaches Us About the Future of Work and Society: Presenting our microwork research project’s first results at CrowdConf, San Francisco, 22 October.
Giving a keynote at MindTrek’s academic track, Tampere, Finland, 3 October, titled The Battle for the User’s Mind: Code That Subverts Decisions Vs. Code That Enforces Them.