Editor: David Nemer

David NemerDavid Nemer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. Website:
Core Authors:
Lindsay EmsLindsay Ems is an Assistant Professor in the College of Communication at Butler University. Website:
Shad GrossShad Gross is a PhD candidate in Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington, with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction. His undergraduate degree is in Studio Art from the college of Wooster, with a focus on photography and drawing and has previously worked as a graphic designer, videographer, and developer. His current work focuses on two threads: how material is used in digital devices as part of a communication process and the ways that behavior in virtual worlds relates to behavior in real life. The former has involved using perspectives from material culture and media studies to examine tangible interactions as a communicative process between designer and user. The latter has involved examining the current ways virtual worlds are studied and how this relates to games as related to, but also distinct from, real life. Ultimately, his goal is to combine these, and other, forms of meaning-making into a greater concept of rituals of digital technology, and investigate what this implies for design and use. When not tackling that, he still likes to take photos and generally mess around with graphic design. Website:
BioPhotoMadelyn Sanfilippo is a doctoral candidate in Information Science at the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington. She received a Master of Information Science (MIS) degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she studied Political Science, Spanish, International Studies, and Environmental Studies. Madelyn is interested in the relationship between social inequality and information inequality. Her work addresses social and political issues surrounding information and information technology access; she plans to specifically consider the interaction between information policy and information technology in the domain of government information, from a social informatics perspective. Website:
philip-rioPhilip studies how information technology helps (or otherwise affects) people in low-income countries and communities, both in economic and noneconomic ways. He is a fourth year PhD student at the University of Washington Information School.
Ammar_avatarAmmar Halabi examines the role of Internet tools and social media in local communities in Syria. He is currently a PhD candidate in Informatics at the University of Fribourg, where he takes an ethnographic approach to study how community members communicate, collaborate, and organize themselves. Ammar also holds an MSc in HCI Design from Indiana University Bloomington, and a BSc in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Aleppo in Syria. In his previous work he has been involved with international development organizations and in local volunteer communities. Ammar currently focuses on the design and implementation of online tools that facilitate collaboration and self-management of local communities, and especially those located in Syria.
Past and Guest Contributors

Prof. David Hakken, Director of Social Informatics Program and Professor of Informatics at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.

Andrew Moore, J.D. candidate at New York University School of Law.

Guo Freeman, PhD candidate at Indiana University, School of Informatics and Computing

Paula Mate, PhD student at Indiana University, School of Informatics and Computing.

Padma Chirumamilla, PhD candidate at University of Michigan, Information School.

Lynn Dombrowski, PhD candidate at University of California, Irvine.

Jennifer Terrell, PhD candidate at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.

Heather Wiltse, Postdoc researcher at Umea University.

Dong Oh Park, PhD candidate at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.

Grant Webb, SEO Specialist at Bisk Education .


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