The research for this project was funded by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the project was housed at the Institute for Multimedia Literacy and the Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California and at The Institute for the Study of Social Change and the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. We would especially like to thank Julia M. Stasch and Constance M. Yowell at the MacArthur Foundation, and the coprincipal investigators on this project, Michael Carter, Peter Lyman, and Barrie Thorne, for their guidance throughout. This project was also guided and supported by Diane Harley and the following administrative and technical staff: Josie Acosta, Steve Adcook, Chris Badua, Kathleen Kuhlmann, Shalia MacDonald, Mariko Oda, Willy Paredes, Janice Tanigawa, Chris Wittenberg, and Evelyn Wong.
In addition to the authors and contributors to this report, we had many research assistants and collaborators who enriched this project along the way. Max Besbris, Brendan Callum, Allison Dusine, Sam Jackson, Lou-Anthony Limon, Renee Saito, Judy Suwatanapongched, and Tammy Zhu were research assistants and vital informants and experts in all things digital and youth. We also benefited from working with our collaborators on this project, Natalie Boero, Carrie Burgener, Scott Carter, Juan Devis, Paul Poling, Nick Reid, Rachel Strickland, and Jennifer Urban. The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, the Pew Internet & American Life Project, and the Annenberg Foundation also were institutional collaborators in this research.
Our thinking for this report was enriched by reviews of our research from John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid, Jabari Mahiri, Daniel Miller, Katie Salen, Ellen Seiter, and Barry Wellman. We are grateful to Karen Bleske for her careful editing and to Eric Olive for being our Web guru. Throughout this project, we were blessed with many thoughtful colleagues who attended our project meetings and provided guidance along the way: Sasha Barab, Brigid Barron, Suzy Beemer, Linda Burch, Lynn Schofield Clark, Michael Cole, Brinda Dalal, Dale Dougherty, Penelope Eckert, Nicole Ellison, James Paul Gee, David Goldberg, Shelley Goldman, Joyce Hakansson, Eszter Hargittai, Glynda Hull, Lynn Jamieson, Henry Jenkins, Joseph Kahne, Amanda Lenhart, Jane McGonigal, Ellen Middaugh, Kenny Miller, Alesia Montgomery, Kimiko Nishimura, John Palfrey, Nichole Pinkard, Alice Robison, Ryan Shaw, Lissa Soep, Reed Stevens, Deborah Stipek, Benjamin Stokes, Pierre Tchetgen, Doug Thomas, Avril Thorne, and Margaret Weigel.
Finally, we would like to thank the many individuals, families, organizations, and online communities that welcomed us into their midst and educated us about their lives with new media. Although we cannot name all the individuals who participated in our study, we would like to express our gratitude to those whom we can name who facilitated our access to various sites and who acted as key "local" experts: Vicki O’Day for introducing Heather to Silicon Valley families; Tim Park, Carlo Pichay, and zalas for being Mizuko’s senpai in the anime fandom; Enki, Wurlpin, and all of KirinTheDestroyers for taking Rachel under their wing; Tom Anderson, who helped danah get access to MySpace; the people of YouTubia who spoke with Patricia and shared their videos; and all of the youth media, middle-school, and high-school educators who opened their doors to us.