Tarleton Gillespie

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Tarleton Gillespie
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Born (1973-01-25) January 25, 1973 (age 45)
OccupationPrincipal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England.

Tarleton Gillespie is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. He is the author of the book Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture.

Gillespie has been awarded the Young Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University; he was the commencement speaker for the Information Science/Information Science, Systems and Technology majors at Cornell University for 2007.


Gillespie received his B.A. in English from Amherst College in 1994, and his M.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego in 1997. He obtained his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego in January 2002. He has been working for the Department of Communication at Cornell University since 2010.


Gillespie is currently researching the impact of the Internet and modern media technologies on copyright law and the progression of copyright law in the digital age. He is also interested in topics such as digital rights management and other digital copy protection strategies and their effect on culture. Broader interests include debates on peer-to-peer file-sharing, information technology, animation and children's media. His 2018 book "Custodians of the Internet" discusses the complex relationship social media sites have with hate speech and extremist groups on their sites, as there are no defined "custodian" responsibilities in policing this content, and actions taken are mainly left up to the discretion of private companies.

The Basics of Gillespie article "The Politics of 'Platforms[edit]

The article "The Politics of 'Platforms" by Tarleton Gillespie provides the information of how one word can provide many paths for an online content provider. He has grouped the word 'platform' into four distinct categories that can help define what an online software platform does. He categorizes the word platform as computational, architectural, figurative and political. All four of these categories relate to why the term 'platform' has "emerged in reference to online content-hosting intermediaries and, just as important, what value both its specificity and its flexibility offer them" (The Platform of Politics,p. 350). To read more: The Politics of Platform


Gillespie, Tarleton. Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture (MIT Press, 2007).

Reviewed in Cultural Sociology.2008; 2: 425-428 [1]
Reviewed in New Media & Society.2008; 10: 669-671 [2]
Reviewed in Cultural Sociology.2008; 2: 423-425 [3]

Gillespie, Tarleton. "book review: Michael Strangelove, The Empire of Mind: Digital Piracy and the Anti-Capitalist Movement." New Media & Society (forthcoming, 2007)

Gillespie, Tarleton. "book review: Steven Weber, The Success of Open Source." Isis (forthcoming, v97n3, September 2006): 592-593. available online at http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/Isis/journal/contents/v97n3.html

Burk, Dan and Gillespie, Tarleton. "Autonomy and Morality in DRM and Anti-circumvention Law." Triple C: Cognition, Communication, Cooperation. (v4n2, November 2006), available online at: https://web.archive.org/web/20070928013241/http://triplec.uti.at/files/tripleC4(2)_Burk-Gillespie.pdf

Gillespie, Tarleton. "Designed to 'Effectively Frustrate': Copyright, Technology, and the Agency of Users" New Media & Society (v8n4, August 2006): 651-669, available online at: http://hdl.handle.net/1813/3471

Gillespie, Tarleton. "Engineering a Principle: 'End-to-End' in the Design of the Internet." Social Studies of Science (v36n3, June 2006): 427-457.available online at: http://hdl.handle.net/1813/3472

Gillespie, Tarleton. "Everything to Everyone." InsideHigherEd (January 27, 2006), available online at http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2006/01/27/gillespie

Gillespie, Tarleton. "Between What's Right and What's Easy." InsideHigherEd (October 21, 2005), available online at: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2005/10/21/gillespie

Gillespie, Tarleton. "Copyright and Commerce: The DCMA, Trusted Systems, and the Stabilization of Distribution." The Information Society. (v20n4, September 2004: 239-254, available at: http://hdl.handle.net/1813/3473

Gillespie, Tarleton. "The Politics of Platforms." New Media & Society(2010).12(3).347-367


2009: Outstanding Book Award, International Communication Association, for Wired Shut

2009: Book Award, Communication and Information Technology division of the American Sociological Association, for Wired Shut
2008: Residential fellow, Institute for the Social Sciences, Cornell University
2008: Top Three Paper, Communication Law and Policy division, International Communication Association
2007: Young Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Cornell University
2007: Commencement speaker, Information Science, Cornell University
2000: Dissertation fellowship, Dept. of Communication, Univ. of California, San Diego
1997: Teaching Excellence Award, UCSD Center for Teaching Development
1995: UCSD Predoctoral Humanities Fellowship, Univ. of California, San Diego


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