Faculty: Warren Sack
Students – Participation/Preferred background and skills
Graduate student participants will have experience and/or interest in political philosophy, political science, theories of democracy, critical studies of labor and participation and the techniques and technologies of Web 2.0 (e.g., blogging, photosharing, locative media, open source software development, online discussion forums, collaborative filtering, etc.).
Potential forms/venues for publication/exhibition
A principal venue for this work will be the web itself. A good project should attract attention from the blogosphere,Wikipedia, IndyMedia, Creative Commons, and other successful, public-oriented, online successes. But, a good project should also be strongly linked to a more traditional, democratic institution. For example, we hope to extend the Metavid project by organizing, via the UCDC program, camera crews for videoing Senate and House committee meetings. The plan is to have each project of this proposed group have one “foot” in a traditional institution and the other on the Internet. While an exhibition like Making Things Public is unlikely to reoccur soon, public media projects are increasingly popular in the digital art world. I will encourage students to submit their work to annual competitions like those run by Turbulence.org, Rhizome.org and Ars Electronica. In addition, the professional society – Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) – now has a semi-regular conference on online deliberation. This conference brings together artists, activists, technologists and political scientists and will be a likely venue for reporting our results.
Funding Sources, Equipment