Michael McNally is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on intellectual property and its alternatives, with a specific emphasis on how both IP and its alternatives facilitate and impede innovative activity. Other research interests include examining various theories of the information society, radio-spectrum management and competition in the Canadian wireless sector, user-generated content, and the economic and social aspects of innovation. He received his PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2012, and also holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a Collaborating Network Investigator in the Graphics, Animation and New Media (GRAND) Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE).