Editor: David Nemer
|David Nemer is a PhD candidate at Indiana University in the School of Informatics and Computing, concentrating in Social Informatics. He received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Saarland University, Germany. David also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from FAESA, Brasil and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UFES, Brazil. David has worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE), Germany, in the QualOSS project (Quality in Open Source Software). His research interest lies on how technology influences society and organizations or vice versa. Currently, he is focusing on Digital Inclusion issues in Brazil. He has also worked with Crisis Communication: the role of communication, information and communication tools (ICT), during the occurrence of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, political and organizational crisis. Website: http://dnemer.com|
|Lindsay Ems is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University in the Department of Telecommunications. Her research topics deal generally with exploring how social and cultural values are expressed in group adoption of technologies. Her recent work explores the manifestation of dissent, anarchy and breakdown in the use of technologies in groups of protesters. Her studies also aim to uncover cultural forces at work in shaping the use of technologies in groups of users like the Amish. Six years of work at an independent telecommunications company and countless hours using media design software programs as a graphic and web designer initiated Lindsay’s interest in digital media. This interest grew as she began building physically interactive media systems as a Masters student at Indiana University. These systems were designed to explore notions of accessibility by allowing body movements to control media content. Website: http://www.gigaart.net/|
|Jennifer Terrell is a PhD candidate studying Social Informatics at Indiana University. Her undergraduate degree is in Anthropology from California State University, Sacramento. Jennifer studies how people form and maintain social ties using various types of information and communication technologies that range from artifacts such as campaign buttons to social networking tools such as Facebook. She is also interested in how people both understand and construct their worlds through media. Her work explores themes of participatory culture, convergence, and the social construction of technology. Thus far Jennifer has explored these questions primarily through ethnographic engagement with a phenomenon known as Wizard Rock – a collective of Harry Potter fans that create, perform, and adore original music inspired by the Harry Potter novels. When not studying or working, Jennifer enjoys reading young adult novels, podcasting, and traveling to new places always seeking a “great perhaps.” Website: http://homes.soic.indiana.edu/jennterr/|
|Shad Gross is a PhD student in Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington, with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction. His undergraduate degree is in Studio Art from the college of Wooster, with a focus on photography and drawing and has previously worked as a graphic designer, videographer, and developer. His current work focuses on two threads: how material is used in digital devices as part of a communication process and the ways that behavior in virtual worlds relates to behavior in real life. The former has involved using perspectives from material culture and media studies to examine tangible interactions as a communicative process between designer and user. The latter has involved examining the current ways virtual worlds are studied and how this relates to games as related to, but also distinct from, real life. Ultimately, his goal is to combine these, and other, forms of meaning-making into a greater concept of rituals of digital technology, and investigate what this implies for design and use. When not tackling that, he still likes to take photos and generally mess around with graphic design. Website: http://www.shadgross.com|
Lynn Dombrowski is a doctoral student at the University of California in Irvine in Informatics. Broadly she is interested in social informatics, human computer interaction, and design. Her research topics pertain to exploring how agency, control, and politics manifest in sociotechnical systems and exploring the practical concerns surround issues of access and use of technologies. Currently she’s working on three research projects. First, her work investigates the role of nonprofits in assisting their low-income clients in gaining access to and use of social services and the underlying technologies of social services. Second, her work explores changes in the social relations between the social services and an ecology of stakeholders, including citizens and nonprofits, when new technologies and practices are adopted by the social services. Third, she thinks about how design might better serve communities by encouraging the creation of communal and social capacities to help ensure healthy and successful communities. Website: www.lynndombrowski.com
|Past and Guest Contributors
Prof. David Hakken, Director of Social Informatics Program and Professor of Informatics at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.
Andrew Moore, J.D. Candidate at New York University School of Law
Heather Wiltse, PhD Candidate at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.
Dong Oh Park, PhD Student at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.