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The proliferation of advanced technologies, social networks and digital media is radically touching upon many aspects of our daily life. Technology is everywhere; it is increasingly mediating our social activities and affecting the way we experience our lives, the world and each other. These evolutions have urged the need to revitalize the debate on the contribution social sciences may provide in shaping our digital future. Social sciences have always been characterized by a multiplicity of directions. Bieke Zaman's presentation is dedicated to exploring the relationship between social sciences and contemporary human-computer interaction.
In studying the complex interaction between technology and people, Bieke will argue that it is not only instructive to question how technology is shaping the way we behave, think, interact and socialize, but also how we are shaping technologies. Acknowledging that many properties of technologies and design choices are not value-free as they elicit certain benefits or harms for the stakeholders involved, Bieke will advocate to pursue value-sensitive design and explain how social sciences can play a major role in complementing the more traditional focus on instrumental rationality in our interaction with technologies with reflexive analyses and discussions of values, interests, experiences and context.
// Presentation at IMS Brown Bag Seminar (KU Leuven) : http://instituteformediastudies.wordpress.com/