Social Computing Symposium 2013: "Off the Radar"

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The Social Computing Symposium 2013 theme is "Off the Radar.” Inspired by Clive Thompson’s closing talk from 2012, we focus on populations and topics we forget to discuss, often hiding in plain sight. We’ll focus on the weirdest things people do with social technologies. The quirky and the obvious kinds of things that we overlook. We’ll hear from people who *aren't* using socially enabled tools, and why. What can we learn about social from the people who are intensely uncomfortable with it as opposed to those, like us, who embrace it? And what is the role of technology and the way in which it's enabling, challenging, changing or breaking "Off the Radar".

Thanks to the stellar and organizing “committee”: Lili Cheng, danah Boyd, Liz Lawley, Clay Shirky, Brady Forrest, Clive Thompson, Tom Coates, Anil Dash, Gabriella Coleman, John Borthwick, Baratunde Thurston, Tricia Wang and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Department.

And special thanks to the outrageously wonderful group of people who took the time to come, present, and share ideas. We only wish we could include more people, so would like to share out the agenda for the event and recorded videos of many of the presentations.

Wednesday, Jan 16, Evening:

Reception @ The Standard East Village

Thursday, Jan 17

Afternoon Session: "Innovation in Unexpected Places" (organized by Baratunde Thurston)

Baratunde Thurston, Cultivated Wit

Belinda Thurston, Just B Yoga

“Building Community through Yoga”

Alexa Clay, Misfit Economy

“Citizen Based Innovation”

Taya Weiss,

“Collective Flying & Wing Suit World Records” 

Anand Giridharadas, New York Times

“Problems which need Innovation: Ongoing Debt, Guns, Old Age, Remote Journalism, ”

Evening: Audience Choice Talks & PowerPoint Karaoke (organized by Brady Forrest)

Reception and dinner at NYU Torch Club

Morgan Ames, Standford University

“My Little Pony or Porn Star”

Tricia Wang,

“Ethnography and Social Media as Diverse Space”

Linda Stone,

“The Physiology of Technology & Unconscious Intelligence”

Colleen Estrada, Microsoft Research

“The Value of the Gut Feeling”

Mark Kaigwa,

“A Story from Africa”

Karrie Karahalios, University of Illinois

“Discussion and Questions regarding Introverts and Social Media”

Alexa Clay, Misfit Economy

“Hermits & Internal Innovation”

Gilad Lotan, SocialFlow

“To Bot or Not”

Ethan Zuckerman, MIT Media Lab

“The Globalization of Sumo”

List of all the attendees:

  • Alexa Clay, Misfit Economy
  • Alice Marwick, Fordham University
  • An Xiao Mina,
  • Anand Giridharadas, New York Times
  • Andrea Forte, Drexel Univeristy
  • Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Microsoft Research
  • Andy Phelps, RIT School of Interactive Games & Media
  • Anil Dash, ThinkUp
  • Anya Kamenetz, Fast Company
  • Baratunde Thurston, Cultivated Wit
  • Becky Bermont, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Belinda Thurston, Just B Yoga & Taichi
  • Biella Coleman, McGill University
  • Brady Forrest, Khosla Ventures / Ignite
  • Brian Knappenberger, Luminant Media
  • Chelsa Skees,
  • Cheri Walters, Seattle University
  • Clay Shirky, New York University
  • Cliff Lampe, University of Michigan
  • Clive Thompson, NY Times / Wired
  • Colleen Estrada, Microsoft Research
  • Dan O'Sullivan, New York University
  • danah boyd, Microsoft Research
  • David Weinberger, Berkman Center
  • Dennis Crowley, Four Square
  • Eden Litt, Northwestern
  • Elizabeth Churchill, eBay Research Labs
  • Elizabeth Liddy, iSchool@ Syracuse University
  • Ethan Zuckerman, MIT Media Lab
  • F. Grey, NYU- ITP
  • Gilad Lotan, SocialFlow
  • Gina Trapani, ThinkUp
  • Harper Reed,
  • Heather Ford, Oxford Internet Institute, U. of Oxford
  • Jeff Hancock, Cornell University
  • Jessa Lingel, Rutgers University
  • John Borthwick, Beta Works
  • Joshua Corman,
  • Karen Levy, Princeton University
  • Karrie Karahalios, University of Illinois
  • Kate Crawford, Microsoft Research
  • Katherine Isbister, NYU / NYU-Poly
  • Kati London, Zynga
  • Kellan Elliott-McCrea, Etsy
  • Kenyatta Cheese,
  • Kevin Driscoll, University of Southern California
  • Kevin Slavin, MIT Media Lab
  • Kurt Squire, University of Wisconsin
  • Lee Rainie, Pew Internet
  • Lili Cheng, Microsoft Research
  • Linda Stone,
  • Liz Lawley, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Marcelo Coelho, MIT Media Lab
  • Mark Kaigwa,
  • Mary Gray, Microsoft Research
  • Matt Biddulph, Product Club
  • Matt Buchanan, BuzzFeed
  • Mike Ananny, University of Southern California
  • Mimi Ito, UC Irvine
  • Morgan Ames, Stanford University
  • Panthea Lee, Reboot
  • Paul Ford, Independent
  • Quinn Norton, Wired
  • Richard Garriott
  • Sarah Simmons, City Grit
  • Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck, University of Michigan
  • Shawn Van Evory, ITP-New York University
  • Shelly Farnham, Microsoft Research
  • Steven Ickman, Microsoft Research
  • Steven Levy, Wired
  • Sunny Bates, Sunny Bates Associates
  • Taya Weiss,
  • Taylor Owen, Columbia J-School
  • Tom Coates, Product Club
  • Tom Laird McConnell, Microsoft Research
  • Tricia Wang,
  • Whitney Phillips, New York University
  • Zeynep Tufekci, Princeton University, UnC Chapel Hill