Society and technology
The society and technology interest group (soctech) is an informal interest group that we are starting up among UW-CSE students to promote awareness of various social computing issues, in both CSE and the UW. We plan to collaborate with other departments, with possible aims including the production of cross-departmental courses, lecture series, or white papers.
We're just getting started; we have a mailing list, soctech@cs. Here's the public list info page.
- 1 Current activities
- 2 People and organizations
- 3 People and organizations
- 4 Relevant courses
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Software
- 5.2 People
- 5.3 Research centers and groups outside UW
- 5.4 Organizations
- 5.5 Conferences
- 5.6 Government
- 5.7 Funding agencies and programs
- 5.8 Mailing lists
- 5.9 Sources
- 5.10 Websites
- soctech seminar: Weekly seminar/reading group held in CSE; open to all students
- The seminar is our primary current activity; see the individual quarter pages for more details.
Less active (left here mostly for archival purposes):
- society and technology briefings: to help bridge cross-disciplinary communication barriers, we plan to prepare a series of briefings.
- soctech brainstorming: use this page to jot down specific questions or issues that you'd like more information about, etc.
- soctech meeting notes
- technology-society speaker series: an interdisciplinary speaker series on technology and society
People and organizations
This is a non-exhaustive list of people and intra-UW institutions at UW who are interested in, or relevant to, society/technology topics. We're in contact with most of these people informally.
People and organizations
Current UW-CSE coordinator: Travis Kriplean
Current UW law coordinator: Jim Sfekas
Other students (feel free to add your name here):
Past members of (and collaborators with) soctech@cs...
- Caroline Benner (Center for Internet Studies)
- UW Computer Science and Engineering students:
- Donald J Patterson aka Don
- UW Law students:
- Ben Dugan
- David Orange
We're in informal contact with most of these, or have been in the past. The extent to which we actually work with them varies widely.
- Center for Internet Studies
- UW School of Law
- CSEP-590: Some quarters of the UW-CSE Professional Masters Program special topics courses are on society and technology topics. The lectures are recorded and available online, and are a great resource (we should use selected lectures to supplement the preparatory readings for seminars).
- List of UW courses on society and technology
- Berkeley I-School seminar: Search Engines: Technology, Society, and Business
- Princeton Wireless course
- Princeton course catalog: includes course taught by Brian Kernighan on "Computers in our world"
- Stanford course: "Digital Dilemmas"
- Syllabus of Rice's Anthropology 315 course (PDF)
- Yale course list; includes some courses on society and technology
- Northwestern course on Internet and Society
- McGill course blog on Technology and the Environment
- NGO in a box: bundled open-source software for running NGOs
- David J. Farber, prof. of computer science and public policy at Carnegie Mellon
- Paul Agre, prof. of information studies at UCLA
- Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford
- Yochai Benkler, professor of law at Yale, director of Engleberg Center for Information Law and Policy at NYU
- Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law at Harvard and co-founder of the Berkman Center
- Hal Varian, professor in the schools of Information Management and Systems, school of Business, and Dept. of Economics at UC Berkeley
Research centers and groups outside UW
Intellectual property or economics focus
- McGill Univ. Center for Intellectual Property Policy
- Duke Center for Study of the Public Domain
- Duke Intellectual Property program
- Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy (NYU)
- George Mason University "National Center for Technology and Law"
- Project Electronic Labor Markets at Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitat Frankfurt Am Main
Sociological or humanities focus
- Dept. of Technoculture Studies at UC Davis
- U. Wisconsin, Milwaukee Digital Arts & Culture program (blog)
- Technology and Social Behavior at Northwestern University
- Digital Games Research Association
- Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility
- Cybertelecom: "An educational nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of and promoting participation in federal initiatives that impact the Internet."
- cybertelecom-l: Cybertelecom's mailing list; this page also contains pointers to many other lists at the intersection of technology, communications, and law.
- ACM Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy
- Telecommunications Policy Research Conference: an independent conference
- State of Play: conference on online games and the law, archived by New York Law School.
- Command Lines: conference on online governance, hosted by UWM
- National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development: dept. that makes recommendations to executive branch about IT research.
Funding agencies and programs
- Interesting People (IP): public policy list moderated by CS/public policy professor Dave Farber
- Politech: libertarian-oriented list moderated by Declan McCullough
- EFFector: newsletter of the EFF
- Red Rock Eater: Phil Agre's mailing list
- Phil Agre's bibliography of books on social aspects of computing
- patents.com: introductory material on IP
- SoftwarePluralism project: a balanced resource for users, lawyers, and businesspeople to make informed decisions about software development models.