Work Slowdown in Soc of Info


Have been swamped with teaching and administrative work of late, and trying to spend two days a week at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences has me on a slow blogging output these days.

Am working on pieces on forms (the kind you fill out) as rationalizing filters and “information interaction protocols,” the assumptions behind pending online-privacy proposals (from Commerce and FTC), the soc of info implications of the story of the CIA official knew that a Jordanian contact was a problem (a la double agent — he later blew himself up at a remote CIA location), and what it means when we make moral judgments about people’s ignorance of some thing (as in, “she didn’t even know what hip-hop was!”).

Meanwhile, thanks for reading. Would love to read any comments you might have — are there there?



Author: Dan Ryan

I'm currently an Academic Program Director at I've been a professor at University of Toronto, University of Southern California, and Mills College teaching things like human centered design, computational thinking, modeling for policy sciences, and social theory. I'm driven by the desire to figure out how to teach twice as many twice as well twice as easily.

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