Born and raised in New Mexico, she has lived and worked in Europe since 1993 - Budapest in 90's and Berlin in the 2000's. She is a co-founder of the Faces mailing list for women in media, and a collaborator of the "Prologue: New Feminism New Europe" project. She is actively engaged working on radio projects, mostly in Berlin, currently reboot.fm and www.hkw.de/hausradio. In the past, it was backyardradio.de, Radio 1:1, Reboot.fm and Juniradio. She is also a founding member of the Radia.FM network of cultural radios. McCarty was part of the International Women’s University server development team, and worked with Seda Gürses, Barbara Schelkle, Prof. Heidi Schelhowe, and Heiki Pisch – amoungst others to develop feminist pedagogical approaches to learning technology. In the mid-nineties, she co-founded the Nettime mailing list, and as part of the Media Research Foundation, co-organised the MetaForum conference series in Budapest. In 2000, she co-founded bootlab initiative. Her main interests are exploiting social and technological systems for cultural use; i.e. piracy and open source software development for real life.
- Uschi Reiter, "Bootlab Story. Interview with Diana McCarty", 11 June 2002. 
- Georgina Bruni. Exclusive - Interview With An American Intelligence Agent. Hot Gossip UK, E-Zine. December 1997. 
- Diana's talk at Nettime press conference, Vienna, May 1997