The research behind The Serendipity Engine is published today as part of a report commissioned by The Nominet Trust.
The Personal (Computer) is Political is a call for a new kind of digital literacy: one in which we understand the assumptions that software developers make about our psychological and social selves, and the phenomena - like serendipity - that they seek to reproduce.
Here’s the blurb:
To be able to fully participate in our physical and digital communities requires a range of actions and understanding. The value of the technical skills of coding and programming and the creativity of making and designing digital products are well understood, but at the heart of our ambition to support young people’s digital making is understanding how digital technologies are made. This understanding can come about through the process of digital making, or of tinkering with existing digital products, but it is this understanding that is so important.
In this paper, Dr Aleks Krotoski explores the importance of such issues, looking at how an understanding of how digital tools are made can help us recognise how they afford, constrain and mediate our everyday actions.
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