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/|
|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|
|Madelyn Sanfilippo is a doctoral student in Information Science at the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington. She received a Master of Information Science (MIS) degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she studied Political Science, Spanish, International Studies, and Environmental Studies. Madelyn is interested in the relationship between social inequality and information inequality. Her work addresses social and political issues surrounding information and information technology access; she plans to specifically consider the interaction between information policy and information technology in the domain of government information, from a social informatics perspective. Website: http://ils.indiana.edu/faculty/spotlight/index.php?facid=301|
|Philip studies how information technology helps (or otherwise affects) people in low-income countries and communities, both in economic and noneconomic ways. He is a second year PhD student at the University of Washington Information School.|
|Ammar Halabi examines the role of Internet tools and social media in local communities in Syria. He is currently a PhD student in Informatics at the University of Fribourg, where he takes an ethnographic approach to study how community members communicate, collaborate, and organize themselves. Ammar also holds an MSc in HCI Design from Indiana University Bloomington, and a BSc in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Aleppo in Syria. In his previous work he has been involved with international development organizations and in local volunteer communities. Ammar currently focuses on the design and implementation of online tools that facilitate collaboration and self-management of local communities, and especially those located in Syria.|
|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.
Guo Freeman, PhD candidate at Indiana University, School of Informatics and Computing
Paula Mate, PhD student at Indiana University, School of Informatics and Computing.
Padma Chirumamilla, PhD student at University of Michigan, Information School.
Lynn Dombrowski, PhD candidate at University of California, Irvine.
Jennifer Terrell, PhD candidate at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.
Heather Wiltse, Postdoc researcher at Umea University.
Dong Oh Park, PhD student at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.
Grant Webb, SEO Specialist at Bisk Education .