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Mary founded Dabble in 2005. Dabble is a social search site that helps people organize and playlist media they like, and discover great media through other's recommendations. Dabble has indexed millions of videos from around the web, from 1,000's of sites.
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After working at Adobe Systems in the 1990's she conducted research and got a Master's of Information Science in 2004 from UC Berkeley's Information Science School where she developed algorithms and front end systems for several live web search engines. She also conducted research on social search algorithms for understanding data in more complex ways. She studied at Berkeley to pursue an understanding of digital media, at the intersection of information technology, the social and professional production of media, journalism, information architecture, intellectual property, privacy, and online communities. She continues to study system design with values, especially privacy for users.
After Berkeley, she worked on similar systems at several companies including Technorati.
She writes about online collaboration and disruptive technologies at Napsterization. She researches and writes on intellectual property, security and privacy, and was a founder in the first blog (biplog) at the UC Berkeley Journalism School on those topics.
She has worked in and consulted for large and small organizations as an information architect and interaction designer. She has worked with for several web service companies with social media sites. She works with companies in open source, photo sharing and blog aggregation, was at Technorati, and recently completed a survey of the current state of research and development in academia in the area of New Media for the American Press Institute. She is a blogger at Napsterization (napsterization.org/stories/) and an original author at bIPlog (the first UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism blog, on the topic of intellectual property, security and privacy).