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#SocialDiss Recap #1: The delightful crowd in the dissertation’s margins

#SocialDiss Recap #1: The delightful crowd in the dissertation’s margins

What happens when you invite the public to review your messy dissertation drafts About four months ago, I launched #SocialDiss, an experimental project in which I’ve committed to “socializing” every chapter of my dissertation draft on a variety of publishing platforms In late February, I posted the working introduction to a public Google Doc, and over the

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Social Paper: Retooling Student Consciousness

Social Paper: Retooling Student Consciousness

A global commons for students to network in-progress writing and feedback across disciplines, institutions, and publics The following is a grant proposal written in October 2015 soliciting funding from the Knight Foundation to further develop the beta version of the networked writing tool Social Paper Social Paper is currently in beta version at The CUNY Graduate

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Announcing #SocialDiss: Transforming the dissertation into networked knowledge production

Announcing #SocialDiss: Transforming the dissertation into networked knowledge production

To what extent can the general public participate in and benefit from the production of a dissertation How might the private and anxiety-ridden processes of education be transformed into a public good and social joy Are the imperfect artifacts of learning to be hidden and disposed of as shameful wasteor might they provide fertile soil for the cultivation of a global learning community Could the form of the dissertation itself blossom into something more vibrant and responsive to today’s world in the process

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participatory infrastructure: why we need the masses in the control room

participatory infrastructure: why we need the masses in the control room

I use “participatory infrastructure”  here to signify digital infrastructure whose mechanisms are transparent to its user community, whose user community is able to critically assess the ways in which it affects and mediates their community, and which is designed to invite continued development by that user community Participatory infrastructure requires open technical protocols and social organization that encourages all users, regardless of expertise, to participate in discussions regarding that infrastructure’s ongoing development

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Pushing the joy of FOSS at the university

Pushing the joy of FOSS at the university

Could a free software movement within higher education enlarge freedom for software culture and the global student body alike Here I suggest one possible path and make a plea for support

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On encouragement and the digital humanities

On encouragement and the digital humanities

“Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything” These words were written by Goethe, but I know them from the email signature of my colleague Evan Misshula, a data scientist and criminal justice researcher with whom I worked closely on issues pertaining to software politics, social justice, and education at The CUNY Graduate Center Evan is

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