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Special Preview: Social Media by Thomas Erickson

November 9, 2011

Interfaces.com was given a free advanced preview of Thomas Erickson’s report and videos on social computing. The videos are very well produced and provide an interesting point of view and good insights on social media. Below are few of my notes based on the video content and ideas discussed on this blog in the...
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ICT & Human Rights Conference Notes and Thoughts

August 5, 2011
ICT & Human Rights Conference Notes and Thoughts

ICT & Human Rights Panel at IADIS The presenters in attendance, in order of presentation: Professor Sangeeta Sharma Title of presentation: “Reinvigorating Human Rights Through ICT” School of Public Administration University of Rajasthan, India Professor Alice Robbin Title of presentation: “ICTs and Health: Complexity Redux” Indiana University Bloomington Dr. Sarai Lastra Title of presentation:...
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The Haptic Feel of Books versus eBooks

July 29, 2011
The Haptic Feel of Books versus eBooks

We’ve traveled to Rome for our family vacation this year, and aside from a few summer reading books that I couldn’t find in an eBook format, we relied on our two Kindles and 3 iPads for our family reading needs. This is the second summer we brought primarily electronic versions of books—”The Count of...
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ICT & Human Rights

June 29, 2011
ICT & Human Rights

IADIS conference is fast approaching. It will take place at the end of July in Rome, Italy. I’m chairing the ICT & Human Rights panel. Here’s a list of speakers and their topics. I’m also attaching the poster for the session. Please feel free to pass it on to those who might be interested...
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Decision Scaffolding and Crisis Mapping

March 6, 2011
Decision Scaffolding and Crisis Mapping

I’m working on a series of illustrations to highlight the need for decision scaffolding during an aide mission. The ideas are based on the Ushahidi deployment experience in Haiti after the 2009 earthquake. But the idea is to make this more general. I would love ideas and recommendations on how to make this visualization...
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ICT & Human Rights: A Round Table Discussion at IADIS 2011 Conference

December 29, 2010
ICT & Human Rights: A Round Table Discussion at IADIS 2011 Conference

IADIS conference on ICT, Society and Human Beings, Rome, July 24-26, 2011 Proposal for a Joint Multi-conference Session Title: ICT and Human Rights: A Round Table Chair/Organizer: Olga Werby Background and Purpose Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)—internet, web, and social media—are fast becoming a comprehensive repository and soon an archive of human knowledge. With...
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Pipsqueak Articles

Health and Human Rights

Health and Human Rights

I have been collecting some background materials for Health and Human Rights and would like to share a few resources. United Nations Documents The...
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Perceptual Focus Error

Early on in my academic career, I did research in a middle school classroom. Computers were just introduced to a bunch of kids that...
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Colorblindness Test on iPhone Google Traffic Map

Colorblindness Test on iPhone Google Traffic Map

Google Traffic Map on an iPhone (or any other mobile device) is a great product… unless you are colorblind. Then, it’s a nightmare! 5%...
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Some Examples of Design Failure in Physical Space

Some Examples of Design Failure in Physical Space

Affordance is a feature of an object or an environment that suggests a set of possible actions/interaction that a user of such object/environment can...
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Cuteness Inspires Violence Research and Angry Birds

Cuteness Inspires Violence Research and Angry Birds

Have you ever felt the urge to hug someone too hard? Squeeze a baby? Pinch a cheek? Even when you knew it might hurt...
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Cultural Differences in Interaction Design, a few observations

Cultural Differences in Interaction Design, a few observations

A couple of months ago, I went on the business trip to The Hague and Amsterdam. There are always cultural differences, especially when a...
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Review: Gamification at Work: Designing Engaging Business Software

Review: Gamification at Work: Designing Engaging Business Software

Interaction Design Foundation is about to publish Janaki Mythily Kumar’s and Mario Herger’s 2013 book: “Gamification at Work: Designing Engaging Business Software.” [reference: Kumar,...
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User Roles and Governance

User Roles and Governance

One of the areas of discussion at the NIH Citizen Science Engagement Think Tank meeting last month was how to categorize the roles (and...
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UCLA Law Forum: Discuss International Criminal Law

UCLA Human Rights and International Criminal Law Forum Logo

UCLA School of Law and International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor partnered together to create UCLA Law Forum—a place to discuss international law issues. My company, Pipsqueak Productions, designed and developed the site. Please join the debate! UCLALawForum.com.

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Tim and Nick Werby with DRIPS Prototypes

DRIPS project — stands for Deep Root Irrigation and Precipitation System — is a simple device that collects atmospheric water and delivers it to the roots of plants below the evaporation layer. My sons, Tim and Nick Werby, designed and developed the idea and the site. DRIPSproject.

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Cost of Chicken Project is a crowdmapping project that tracks the true costs of food around the world. Most data points are contributed by kids. My sons, Tim and Nick Werby, designed and developed the idea and the site. Please visit their site and contribute the data points from your area. Cost of Chicken.