[iDC] Digital Labor introduction: Carl DiSalvo

Carl DiSalvo carl.disalvo at lmc.gatech.edu
Sat Jun 14 19:26:07 UTC 2014


I’m one of the organizers / participants for the Civic Hacking panel at Digital Labor. We are both going take a critical view of “Civic Hacking” and also examine some cases that support possibilities for collective civci action.

My background is in design and the humanities. I’m in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech, and with Mel Gregg I co-direct the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. I also run a design research student called the Public Design Workshop.

My work examines the political qualities of design. I published a book in 2012 called Adversarial Design that looked at how theories of agonism might inform design. I’m also currently studying civic hackathons with and interest in how they shape what constitutes civics and, all too often, bracket out the political.

I look forward to meeting every in New York this Fall.


On Jun 9, 2014, at 2:49 PM, Thomas James Lodato <thomas.lodato at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone-
> I am Thomas Lodato from Georgia Institute of Technology. I super excited to be part of a panel for Digital Labor. 
> Here a very brief intro: I am PhD candidate at Georgia Tech and a member of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. The bulk of my work focuses on civic and participatory design which I explore both through design research as part of the Public Design Workshop (led by Carl DiSalvo) and through ethnographic case study methods. 
> The last few years I have been following what we call issue-oriented hackathons. If you are unfamiliar with these events, they are intensive 1 to 3 day events where groups form to develop (largely software) prototypes related to contemporary matters-of-concern, such as agriculture, ecological issues, and so on. The events often take a civic slant, such as the National Day of Civic Hacking, which construct technology hobbyists and professionals into a form of volunteer civic labor (though more imagined than realized even at events where work is being done). Needless to say, you'll be hearing more about this in November.
> In recent months I have been studying multi-disciplinary teams and their collaboration on technology projects cast under the regime of user experience.
> I look forward to seeing everyone at Digital Labor.
> -Thomas
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