Marcus Gilroy-Ware

Marcus J Gilroy-Ware

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I work in a number of different areas and media.

Some are specialities with years of experience, others not.

For me, they all converge around a deep and qualitative study of the digital as humanity.

My true interests and critical skills arise out of an intuitive orientation around this interdisciplinary juncture.

different people think of me as...

a lecturer & speaker

Visiting Lecturer in Online Journalism at City University London, where I have taught online journalism to students on the Master of Arts in International Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism since 2008. I was convenor of Online Journalism 2011-2014.

I have also recently spoken/taught at the Media Development Centre, Birzeit University (Ramallah, Palestine), Société Romande de Relations Publiques (Lausanne, Switzerland; given in French), Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University (Netherlands), London Design Festival (UK), School of Information and Library Sciences - Pratt Institute (New York, USA), Nottingham Trent University (UK) and Centre for Creative and Social Technology (CAST), Goldsmiths, University of London.

an entrepreneur

Founder and director of VSC Creative, a creative communications agency.

Co-founder of Smartest, a web standards-based content-management system for design-critical projects.

Original co-founder of Not on the Wires, although the project has now concluded.

a lawyer

Well, not yet. I hold an LL.M. (Master of Laws) from the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London.

I am interested in where the legal meets the digital - everything from criminal law to defamation law to intellectual property and notions of ownership.

Law, like technology, is a category of tools, and best understood as a reflection of its creators, rather than simply in terms of what it is designed to achieve.

a coder

Created Smartest - a fully featured web publishing system - from the ground up, as well as Quince 2 - a rapid development architecture on which it is built. Smartest was released open source in 2009 under the GNU Public License and is used all over the world. It is currently pending a re-release in early 2015.

Preparing a number of forthcoming iOS projects that blur the line between technology and art; code and culture.

a researcher

Sometimes I apply for research funding in order to explore important questions.

At the moment I am working on GITC (Gender in Tech City), funded by Durham University Business School, with friend, co-consiprator and longtime collaborator Dr. Mariann Hardey.

For my sins, I am also writing a critical theory book on the political reality of "social media". Watch this space.

As of January 2015, I have just signed a deal to co-write a textbook for Sage Publications on Social Media, in collaboration with an esteemed colleague.

a linguist

Once upon a time, at least. Received a BA in Linguistics from School of Cognitive Science, Hampshire College in 2005. My senior thesis was on the verbal aspect of future progressivity in Brazilian Portuguese.

I speak Brazilian Portuguese (fluent), French (pretty good) and Spanish (good enough to explain vegetarianism or find the nearest beach).

a musician

I was named after a certain prominent electric bass player hailing from Queens, NY.

I have been an electric bass player since childhood. jazz, funk, avant-garde. I play Suhr, Fender, Roscoe and Stambaugh instruments.

I studied contemporary improvised music with Yusef Lateef and Mark Dresser.

“Marcus Gilroy-Ware is a virtuoso electric bass player” --Mark Dresser, 2002

other things too

Member, editorial board, The Sociological Review.

Member and communications officer for the Labour Party in the ward of Stroud Green, London.

I am also a coordinator and contact point for the estate of my late grandmother, Dr. Beryl Gilroy, who was a novelist and well-known educator.