My research explores how the Internet and networked communications challenge existing legal, social, and economic structures, particularly as pertaining to media production, distribution of digital files, and emerging platforms of creative production. I have become quite interested in the way large-scale distributed production projects emerge. What contexts support the creation of crowdsourced media production projects? What is the role of interactivity in the way audiences encounter media? How are industries grappling with the shift to digital distribution of formerly tangible media properties like DVDs? What types of creative opportunities emerge from networked environments and robust data-driven storytelling platforms?


Undercompensated Labor in Life in a Day. Flow Journal. June 9, 2011.

PWNing OWN: the Unlikely Ascent of Zach Anner. Flow Journal. July 16, 2010.

Conference Presentations

Moner, W. (2012) “Mediated Political Engagement and the Network Dynamics of Online Petition Platforms.” Presented at the 2012 National Communication Association conference, Orlando, FL, on November 15, 2012.

Strover, S., and Moner, W. (2012) “Immersive television and the on-demand audience.” Presented at the 2012 International Communications Association conference, Phoenix, AZ on May 27, 2012.


Connected Viewing Initiative, 2011-12. Research Assistant to Dr. Sharon Strover. Project description at the UCSB Connected Viewing Initiative site. A research anthology from this project is forthcoming.


Nine, J.; Schubert, E.; Richert, C.; Sholehvar, B.; Horn, K.; Gilbertson, J.; Dickman, P.; He, F.; Moner, B.J.; Hatton, C.; DiGiorgio, C.; Gross, B.; Wimberly, F.; Mango, P.; Becich, M.J. (1995) “Telepathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.” Telemedicine Today 3:22-28.

Speaking Engagements

Smoke Without Mirrors: The Web’s Great Vanishing Act. Elon University School of Law. Technology and Law Speaker Series. September 30, 2015.

The Softer Side of HTML5. HTML5.tx. February 2, 2013.

The Evolving Role of Social Media in Globalization. Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. International Speaker Series. November 8, 2012.

Articles about my work

Design Thinking pilot takes off. Elon News Network. February 15, 2017.

Eye on iMedia. October 10, 2013.

SIUE Welcomes Speaker on Social Media in Globalization. November 13, 2012.


VIA Metro, San Antonio, TX. (2011). Assessment of social media use in public transit systems. (PI: Craig Watkins)

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Pittsburgh, PA. (1996). Evaluation of the institution’s preparedness for implementation of managed care. (PI: Kathleen Begler)