Discussion Group Members

David Engberg (engberg@cs)
"These technologies have amazing potential to simultaneously subvert and reinforce existing social power structures ... I would like to investigate whether communications technologies will lead to the 'egalitarian-web-publishing' utopia or the 'corporate-database-panopticon' dystopia future (or something else entirely)."

Mark Edstrom (edstrom@uclink4)
"[My interest is in] examining how social/political movements utilize internet-based communications to promote their objectives, particularly in regions of the world where internet-technologies may be one of only several commmunication options for those with subversive intent."

Nalini Kotamraju (nalinik@uclink4)
"From a sociological perspective, I am interested in our shifting expecations of, construction of and satisfaction with social phenomenon which are shifting from the offline to online worlds, such as activism (Webstock) and news gathering (the launch of MSNBC)."

Charles Cronin (chassi@leland.stanford.edu)
"I'm interested in studying the opportunities and drawbacks inherent in digital technologies as applied to the arts -- plastic and performing. Specifically I plan to examine existing and proposed multimedia programs dealing with classic music topics, and some of the reasons they have not been widely accepted or used in post-secondary education."

Margaret Kelly (mkelly@uclink4)
Technoscience & Deconstruction Studies Emphasis

Steven Wong (wongy@uclink)
"Looking at the shift of infotech resources from being tailored to "techies" to becoming a medium for artists."

Christopher Gregson (gregson@haas)
Christopher is completing an MBA. In his spare time, he is working as the controller for a start-up internet content provider in San Francisco. Christopher enrolled in the class to get hands on experience with Internet technology, and to think deeply about the interaction of the technology and society. He is especially interested (1) in how the capabilities and limitations of the technology shape the way people behave online, (2) how the Internet may develop over time, and (3) how the Internet will influence off-line culture.

Eric Paulos (paulos@cs)
"In the rush into cyberspace we leave our physical presence and our real-world environment behind. My focus is in employing elements of the internet and robotics to transparently immerse users into real remote worlds filled with rich spatial sensorium and making such systems accessible from any networked computer in the world, in essence: Interfacing Reality."

Victor Shine Chen (vic_chen@uclink4)
"Ubiquitous computing. It's almost as hard to spell as it is to attain. It's the concept of having computers completely integrated into society. We could have information anytime, anywhere. The ultimate data euphoria. Personal Digital Assistant(PDAs) are a step towards this dream. So why aren't we embracing them? Is it natural for us to resist bringing computers into every aspect of our lives?"

To contact everyone in the group: focus@eecs.com.