Yesterday, I successfully defended my dissertation, “Networked Information Behavior in Life Transition.” Thank you to everyone that came and supported me. The defense was an experience I’ll never forget. I would like to thank my committee:
It was a great honor to work with my committee, and I appreciate their guidance in my work. There are still a few edits remaining on my dissertation, and I will post it when I submit the final copy to the graduate school. In the meantime, I’ve posted the slides from my talk as a Slideshare.
I am one of the organizers of the CHI 2011 workshop “Privacy for a Networked World”: Bridging Theory and Design. The workshop will be held on May 7 in Vancouver, BC. I encourage researchers studying privacy in social technologies to apply, this is a great opportunity to build a community dedicated to the study of privacy in socio-technical interaction. The CFP follows.
CHI 2011 workshop: “Privacy for a Networked World”: Bridging Theory and Design
As our lives are more commonly mediated by information technology, an interactional perspective to how people find and construct privacy in socio-technical interactions has proven effective as a starting point for theoretical and empirical studies of privacy in everyday life in which online interactions have a significant role.
Yet, there remain important open questions regarding how to translate results based on this perspective into design practice. Addressing these questions requires a greater sensitivity to when interactional privacy is applicable, a better understanding of suitable research methods, and more effective means for communicating results to the researcher and practitioner communities. The goal of this workshop is to bring privacy theory and design together.
We seek participants from various domains for a multidisciplinary workshop to share their knowledge and views of both the theory and design of interactional privacy.
Position papers are invited on the following topics:
Submitted position papers will be peer-reviewed by a workshop committee. The organizers will disseminate the results at the CHI conference and plan to submit a proposal for a special issue in a relevant journal in response to an open Call for Papers.
Interested parties should submit a position paper of 2-4 pages, in the CHI Extended Abstracts format, to the EasyChair submission central at http://tinyurl.com/networkedprivacy by Jan 14, 2011. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and for one or more days of the CHI 2011 conference.
Airi Lampinen, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Finland
Fred Stutzman, School of Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, USA
Markus Bylund, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden
If you have any questions or would like to learn about this workshop, please contact the organizers at networkedprivacy[at]gmail.com.
After months of extensive research, I have proved that blogging and writing a dissertation have an inverse relationship.
I’m happy to invite you to my dissertation defense, December 8 at 10AM, in Manning 014. This is a small room so seating might be limited. Full information is available on the SILS website.
I hope to post my dissertation in a few weeks. I will share it here when it is ready for public viewing.
The October 11 New Yorker features a review of current thinking on procrastination from James Suroweicki, and I’m pleased to note a brief nod to Freedom. The article is based on a new collection of essays on procrastination, edited by Chrisoula Andreou and Mark D. White. It is refreshing to read an article on procrastination that doesn’t get lost in causal claims about technology or how different everything is nowadays.
Last weekend’s Financial Times magazine also contained mention of Freedom. The author Katie Roiphe describes an experiment spending a week offline. Roiphe writes:
A man I meet at a party tells me about a software program called “freedom”. It asks you how long you would like to be offline (i.e. free) and you tell it, and then it disables your computer so you can’t get on to the internet for that time – or, in its words: “Freedom locks you away from the internet.” If you should suddenly need to go on the internet, you can restart your computer and disable the program, but it offers that extra bit of resistance; it is the superego, the self-control that you don’t quite have, or in its own slightly Orwellian terms, “Freedom enforces freedom”.
I’ll refer you to the article to see how the week offline goes.
On Friday, September 24, I’ll be presenting the following Informatics Seminar at UC Irvine’s Department of Informatics:
Socio-Technical Support Networks During Life Transition
Modern life is characterized by transition. Completing education, moving between jobs and residential relocation are examples of the transitions that challenge us, enable personal growth, and facilitate the construction of our life stories. Successful adaptation to transition is a function of social-informational processes. During a transition, individuals are challenged to make sense of their transitional environment, while developing socially supportive resources that aid in transition. Large-scale adoption of social media, and resultant tightly-coupled mediated sociality has the potential to facilitate life transition; through social media, individuals are able to answer situationally relevant information needs, while drawing on extended support networks. Using observational data collected during one such transition – the transition to college – this project explores social network site information practices during life transition. In particular, I explore the dynamics of network configuration during the early stages of transition, identifying factors relevant to the assemblage and growth of socio-technical support networks. I then explore the outcomes of social network site use during transition, identifying information behaviors associated with adaptation to transition.
I believe the talk will be at 3PM. I’m looking forward to visiting the Department of Informatics, as well as meeting with faculty and students. I’ll update the post with location information as we get closer to the date.