Daniel Araya is a doctoral candidate in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The focus of his research is the confluence of digital technologies and cultural globalization on systems of education. He is particularly interested in the conjunction between personalized learning systems and "stygmergic" collaboration. He has worked with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the UIUC Global Studies in Education program. He was selected for the 2009 Oxford Internet Institute's Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) and the 2010 HASTAC scholars fellowship program. He is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Global Studies in Education, and the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook on Knowledge Economy, Education, and Digital Futures. His newest books include Education in the Creative Economy (2010) and Nexus: New Intersections in Internet Research (2011). Both books are published by Peter Lang (New York).