Katie Derthick

Katie Derthick

Katie Derthick is a PhD candidate in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington studying the intersection of meditation practices and technology use.

The language of non-use: Of not-doing and/or doing

Next week This weekend! I [with other CSC Lab folks Charlotte Lee and Ying-Yu Chen, with whom I co-authored another position paper] am attending the CHI 2014 workshop Refusing, Limiting, Departing: Considering Why We Should Study Technology Non-use. Participants have been instructed to not-use some technology of our choice this week, and come to the workshop ready to discuss our experience. As I was making my To Do list this morning, I jotted Figure out tech to fast, then, thinking about all the work…

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Revering the electronic dharma

I’m currently “downloading” 10.8 GB of “Buddhist ebooks.” In Buddhism, there’s the idea of revering (as in, treating with reverence and respect) dharma materials, because they represent the Truth, the teachings passed down for thousands of years. For example, at a field visit recently, I and other students in a class were given our first printed guided contemplation instructions. The instructions were printed on nice paper (like a resume might be), and were handed to each of us with a…

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Katie Derthick Accepted to Northwestern’s InfoSocial ’13 and ISSOTL ’13

I was recently accepted to Northwestern University’s InfoSocial 2013 for my work, “Understanding Parents’ and Children’s Relationships to Sentimental Objects to Inform the Design of Record-keeping Systems for Parents.” InfoSoc is a graduate student research conference hosted by Northwestern’s Media, Society, & Technology doctoral program. My proposal described research I conducted with Nikki Lee as a research assistant for Professor Julie Kientz in our department, Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE). An abstract follows: We are interested in designing technology…

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