David Alan Grier Announced as Crowdsortium Interim Executive Director

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David Alan Grier, Associate Professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, to help Crowdsortium establish governance structure and define industry best practices.

"We are excited to work with David Alan Grier to develop the Crowdsortium into an impactful and responsible industry group.”
- Niel Robertson, Trada

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Crowdsortium, the de facto crowdsourcing industry trade group, is honored to announce David Alan Grier as interim Executive Director. Grier also serves as associate professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University and was recently elected as 2012 IEEE President.

“[The industry has] reached the point where we need to consider crowdsourcing as a community with common interests and common methods. A framework is needed that supports and develops those common things so all benefit,” said Grier.

The objectives for the Crowdsortium and Mr. Grier include organizing a Board of Directors, and defining a membership structure that best serves the various sizes and nature of its members. Along with governance structure, the Crowdsortium will create the first crowd worker Bill of Rights. Mr. Grier will hold a vital role in organizing and executing these plans.

Co-founder of the Crowdsortium and CEO of Trada, Niel Robertson explains, “As the crowdsourcing industry continues to grow, it becomes increasingly important to establish best practices for all participants. The Crowdsortium was formed as a proactive mechanism to define and propagate these standards. After growing to over 200 members, it became clear we needed help organizing correctly. We are extremely pleased David Alan Grier has stepped in as our interim Executive Director. He has incredible experience designing stewardship organizations in the field of labor. We are excited to work with him to develop the Crowdsortium into an impactful and responsible industry group.”

About Crowdsortium

The Crowdsortium is a group of crowdsourcing industry practitioners that have self- organized to advance the crowdsourcing industry through best practices, education, data collection and public dialog. Crowdsortium currently has 115 companies, with 200 members consisting of practitioners, academics, funders, and customers. For more information, visit crowdsortium.org.

About David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier is the former Associate Dean at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University and still serves an Associate Professor of science and technology policy. Grier was recently voted IEEE 2012 President, where he has served as board of governors, chair of the magazine operations committee, and is the author of When Computers Where Human.

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