PARC hosted an NSF-funded workshop devoted to Technology Mediated Social Participation. This was an invitation-only workshop, coupled with a public panel discussion at the PARC Forum yesterday.
All around us, technology-mediated social participation has been harnessed for remarkable social benefits. New thrusts in basic research and engineering are likely to move beyond existing socio-technical media to produce new participatory systems spanning people, computation, communication and action. These developments could produce profound transformations in health care, community safety, disaster response, life-long learning, business innovation, energy sustainability, environmental protection, and other spheres of important national priorities.
The goal of the workshop is to foster a discussion of these topics, including:
Theoretical integration; Shareable Infrastructure, ethics, and protections; Social capital, social intelligence, and effective action; Design to motivate participation; Graduate Training; and – Unique challenges for government use of social media.
The panel consisted of Ben Shneiderman (U. Maryland), Amy Bruckman (Georgia Tech), Bernardo Huberman (HP Labs), and Cameron Marlow (Facebook). Panelists argued that “it is our responsibility to shape the conversations on social media” (Ben), that “We want to build technology to enable communities to police themselves” (Cameron), and “Different spaces need different rules” (Amy).
Meanwhile, in Old Europe…