Bret’s calling is to work toward a more generous Internet, one person at a time. In addition to being the Director of MDS, he is also a PhD student at Michigan State University, where he's studying the Internet and human connection. More specifically, he’s researching digital affinity spaces (e.g. online videogames, Twitter hashtags, fan forums, podcasts, and YouTube channels) and social capital. Bret is an avid gamer motivated by exploration and social connection, primarily in Elder Scrolls Online but in many independent games as well. He still keeps in touch with his first online friend, from AOL in the early 1990s.