Sunday, April 15, 2007

Designing for forgetting

UCLA waterfallI've been at the University of California at Los Angeles for a couple of days for a workshop on "Designing for forgetting and exclusion." How can we consider privacy and people's ability to move beyond past events as a positive social good — and design systems that will support that ability? Extremely interesting, not least because of the diverse range of perspectives of the participants, who included geographers, information scientists, historians, artists and film directors as well as computer scientists and lawyers.

The workshop was part of a process of putting together a large grant proposal to the National Science Foundation later this year, which I think could result in some extremely interesting research.

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