Follow the Crowd is the premier web resource for ideas related to crowd and social computing research. Our goal is to provide the community with a platform to rapidly spread and discuss new ideas in this space. While originally launched at crowdresearch.org, Follow the Crowd is now run in conjunction with the AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing.

Please do not hesitate to send the editors questions, suggestions, or feedback at hcompconference@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!


Our audience encompasses everyone who wants to keep up with the latest and greatest in crowd and social computing research. This audience spans disciplines (e.g. computer science, economics, human-computer interaction, law) and roles (e.g. student, faculty, academic, industry, government, enterprise, startup, crowdworkers).

Crowd and social computing research examines systems where groups of people work and interact together, aided by computers. This work includes, but isn’t limited to:

  • crowdsourcing
  • computer-mediated collaboration (e.g. wikis)
  • computational methods for mining the wisdom of the crowds (e.g. prediction markets)
  • mass communication and collaboration
  • ethics and labor issues in crowd computing and crowdwork platforms
  • technology-mediated social and civic participation
  • mining and analysis of large-scale social behavior

Some useful terms include: human computationcrowdsourcing, collective intelligence, and social computing.

What we publish

Our scope includes the following types of posts:

  • Summaries of papers from peer-reviewed workshops, conferences, and journals (recent or upcoming)
  • Micro-surveys (i.e. critical summaries of a set of papers on a particular topic)
  • Editorials and position papers expressing an opinion about research
  • Posts about works-in-progress or emerging ideas which may help solicit discussion from the community
  • Announcements about relevant workshops, conferences, or other calls for participation

We review the proceedings of relevant conferences such as CHI, Collective Intelligence, CSCW, HCOMP, GROUP, UIST, WSDM, and other venues; we invite relevant authors to post.

We primarily solicit posts from authors and researchers who publish in these venues, but we welcome interesting suggestions for submissions, as well. If you’d like to submit to the blog, please see our submission instructions.

Who should I blame?

Since 2016, Follow the Crowd is run by the AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing. New editors are actively being recruited: if you’d like to participate, please contact us at: hcomp16@gmail.com.

Past and present editorial team members have included:

  • Michael Bernstein, Stanford University
  • Lydia Chilton, University of Washington
  • Sanjay Kairam, Stanford University
  • Anand Kulkarni, UC Berkeley
  • Reid Priedhorsky, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Alex Quinn, University of Maryland
  • Jeff Rzesotarski, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Haoqi Zhang, Northwestern University
  • Matthew Lease, University of Texas at Austin
  • Peter Organisciak, University of Illinois
  • Malay Bhattacharyya, IIEST Shibpur

Senior Advisors have included:

  • Ed H. Chi, Google Research
  • Bjoern Hartmann, UC Berkeley
  • Niki Kittur, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Rob Miller, MIT