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 Technology Mediated Social Participation

All around us, technology-mediated social participation has been harnessed for remarkable social benefits. New thrusts in basic research and engineering are likely to move beyond existing socio-technical media to produce new participatory systems spanning people, computation, communication, and action. These developments could produce profound transformations in healthcare, community safety, disaster response, life-long learning, business innovation, energy sustainability, environmental protection, and other spheres of important national priorities.

New research opportunities, in the social and computational fields, and challenging needs for the development of research methods, analysis tools and metrics, are evolving. To better understand human social interaction, we need to develop socially intelligent systems in which human collaboration is mediated by machines.

The Technology Mediated Social Participation workshops are an effort sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation, aiming to draw up a strong scientific research agenda and educational recommendations for creating a cohesive community that generates the foundational science, engineering, and graduate training necessary for a new era of social participation technologies. 

Two workshops will be held - on the west coast and on the east coast - in which theoretical and practical issues will be discussed. Workshop themes include: Theoretical integration, Sharable infrastructure, ethics and protections; Social capital, social intelligence and effective action; Design to motivate participation; Graduate training and - Unique challenges for government use of social media. 


See the report about the west coast workshop on the PARC blog.


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Report from 2009-12 Breakout Group 1

Report from 2009-12 Breakout Group 2

Report from 2009-12 Breakout Group 3


Important dates

  • December 21, 2009 - group leaders submit their reports for comments and feedback from all participants.
  • January 5, 2010 - end of commenting period. Group leaders will work with their teams to develop the final version.
  • January 12, 2010 - final version will be posted.
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