Ethics and sustainability

October 5, 2014

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A student asks a great question: Why does the Polytechnic focus on a sustainable viewpoint in everything it does, rather than an ethical one? We spend a few weeks discussing ethics in Software Engineering, but acting ethically and in the interests of society is a cultural shift, not academic knowledge. Surely sustainable practices would flow […]

Communication and passion common theme for IT employers

August 20, 2014

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Here are my notes from tonight’s seminar on IT careers. Seven speakers represented some of NZ’s leading IT companies. (these notes originally posted as facebook comments, they’re unedited other than a couple of typos). Simon Ferrari from Datacom – what he looks for: people who are socially comfortable, well adjusted, intelligence but transcripts not important, […]

Epic quest – proposed new landscape of qualifications for NZ computing

August 4, 2014

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This week sees the release of the final consultation version of the new landscape of qualifications for IT. This fourth round of consultation is open for feedback until the 20th August.    I’ve spent the past year on the TRoQ Steering Group for the review and have attended most of the subject based working group meetings representing […]

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Top three readings for Sustainable HCI

May 15, 2014

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At the sustainable HCI workshop at CHI this month we each agreed to contribute our top three “must reads” for Sustainable HCI (spoiler, none of these papers even mention Sustainable HCI).   Of course, I’d recommend my own books and other writings, but beyond that, here are my three (current) “must reads”. 1.  Sigrid Stagl’s […]

Impressed with Interactions

March 18, 2014

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This month’s edition of Interactions is pretty much a must read, cover to cover.  Seriously great job Ron Wakkary and Erik Stolterman. Here are some of the highlights for me:  (other papers that are also great include collaborative design, collective action, reframing design for aging (aging is neither an absolute concept nor a sum of established […]

The role of activism in ICT for Sustainability: Learning from practitioners

March 11, 2014

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Here’s the draft of the paper we just finished.  It is based on our conversations published as podcasts on SustainableLens. Samuel Mann,  Shane Gallagher,  Nell Smith Abstract— This paper describes an analysis of responses to the question “do you consider yourself to be an activist?” and applies the learnings from that to computing for sustainability.   […]

Am I an activist?

February 26, 2014

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Ben Shneiderman declared at CHI last year that “HCI is an activist discipline”.      We’re  trying to work out the implications of this – what would it mean for computing to be an activist discipline? (see also Hopeful Tourism Computing).    To find out, I’ve been trawling through the podcasts for sustainablelens.org where we ask […]

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