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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Data Collection Begins

Charlotte and I are starting data collection for our NSF study on Leveraging Development Expertise Across Cyberinfrastructures (OCI-083860). This grant grew out of a realization about projects we were studying in medical research, biology, engineering, and the humanities: even though our focus was on what was going on inside these projects, much of the development work spanned multiple projects. Our participants told us about “leveraging” and “synergies” in a way that suggested that these were important aspects of their work,…

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