Blue Sky Paper 2
Troubled Worlds: Bringing Bodies and the Environment into Computing Research, Practice, and Pedagogy
University of Washington, United States of America
This blue sky proposal argues that next-generation students, educators, and scholars of computing technology have a critical opportunity to remake the information field by bringing bodies into current conversations on the ecological limits of computing. Building on a vi- brant and growing body of literature on computing ethics, we outline a three-part framework of infrastructure, governance, and intervention. With this framework, we call on information scholars to examine and extend the intertwining logics of social and environmental impact through computing.
Human Security Informatics: A Human-centered Approach to Tackling Information and Recordkeeping Issues Integral to Societal Grand Challenges
University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America
Emanating out of ongoing research in archival and recordkeeping studies, this paper proposes Human Security Informatics (HSI) as a new human- and humanitarian-centered rubric and approach under which concerted research, development and educational efforts by the iSchool community, and the different fields and interests it encompasses, could be brought to bear to resolve or mitigate information, data and records-related challenges that are integral to and pervasive in societal grand challenges and wicked problems. The HSI ap-proach is distinctive and provocative for several reasons: it puts humanitarian ethics and a participatory ethos at is core; it surfaces aspects of information in-frastructure, particularly those relating to recordkeeping, transparency and ac-countability that often go unrecognized and unacknowledged as components of these intractable problems; and it places the expertise and scope of iSchools in conversation with each other and with many other fields, institutions and gov-ernments that are on the frontlines of addressing these problems fully demon-strating the intellectual power and societal potential of the iSchools.