Dr Yong Ming Kow is a social computing scientist in the field of human-computer interaction. His research focuses on studies of community cultures around media design and development as informed by ethnography. In particular, he is investigating collaborative work and practices within research areas including computer games, peer production, digital youth, and novel uses of media artifacts. Kow has co-edited a special issue on "User Creativity, Governance, and New Media" in the online journal First Monday, which analyzes the emergence and challenges of user creativity in the new media. He has also published in other venues, such as the "ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work," journals, and book chapters.
Kow has served as a Paper Co-chair at the iConference, and at the Chinese CHI conference. He has also served on program committees and in co-chair positions at the Computer Supported Cooperative Work conference and the Human-Centered Computing conference. He has reviewed papers for CHI, CSCW, Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Interacting with Computers, New Media and Society, and for grant applications. He is currently the Treasury of the newly inaugurated Chinese DiGRA chapter.