Maria is professor of communication at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is the author of Internet Society: The Internet in Everyday Life (2005, Sage) and co-editor, with Robert Gehl, of Socialbots and their Friends: Digital Media and the Automation of Sociality (forthcoming from Routledge). Her research has examined Internet use practices across different social and cultural contexts with special attention to users’ active appropriation of new media and to the phenomenology of digital communication. Her most recent projects focus on grassroots civic mobilization in the digital media environment. She is interested in how democratic participation in the affairs of the polis intersects with everyday life.