This week I started my Visiting Fellowship in the Media and Communications Department at the LSE. I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of this incredibly dynamic group of learned academics and incredibly inspiring researchers. I’ll be at the LSE until September 2012, working on two projects.
First, I will be expanding the Untangling the Web columns I wrote for The Observer and The Guardian last year, crafting them into a book of extended and new content.
Second, I’ll be working on a new digital literacy project funded by the Nominet Trust. ‘Can you programme love: The design decisions in web technologies that “clean up” the “messy” human attributions of relevance, value, identity, relationships, access and privacy’ is a one-year research programme that will expand on the methods and concepts established in The Serendipity Engine, applying them to other web services we use every day in order to make sense of the assumptions they make about who we are and what we want.
Speaking of the Serendipity Engine, there’s an exciting development that I’ll be blogging about shortly. Needless to say, that project is most certainly not done.
While I’m at the LSE, I’m looking forward to crafting seminars and hands-on workshops on methods, ethics and ways of “making sense,” as my Serendipity Engine collaborator Kat Jungnickel describes it. I may even do a guest lecture or two.
I will, of course, be writing about all of this as it transpires.