Douglas Schuler

Douglas Schuler
The Evergreen State College · Liberal Arts

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Publications (72)
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As the Chair of SIGCAS, part of my responsibility is to provide periodic updates and perspectives to the SIG membership regarding SIGCAS activities and topics related to computers and society. The "From the Chair" columns appearing in Computer and Society provides a medium for presenting these updates and perspectives. It is my honor to contribute...
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The title of this column comes from the parting provocation in my column in the previous SIGCAS Newsletter (48: 3-4). Besides reducing the burden of coming up with a new title it actually does describe this essay reasonably well. Fancy that!
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I recently learned that part of my job as SIGCAS Chair was to weigh in on whether an "emerging SIG" should become an active SIG. In early November I was asked to look at the documentation provided by the emerging SIGEnergy. Everything that I saw was relevant and convincing: The potential and need for the new SIG was amply demonstrated. On the other...
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One of the standard things at the end of a year is to reflect back and look forward. Which I will do --- but don't let me go on too long!
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The utopian optimism about democracy and the internet has given way to disillusionment. At the same time, given the complexity of today's wicked problems, the need for democracy is critical. Unfortunately democracy is under attack around the world, and there are ominous signs of its retreat. How does democracy fare when digital technology is added...
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There is nothing unusual or sinister in the fact that each generation rewrites history to suit its own needs, or about disagreements within the profession and among the public at large about how history should best be taught and studied.--- Eric Foner, Who owns history?: rethinking the past in a changing world. 2002. p. xi [2]
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This essay is intended to help further the understanding of contemporary social change and social activism, which in turn should assist people developing civic intelligence within both local and global communities. Civic intelligence is a social phenomenon that describes how well collectivities address their shared problems efficiently and equitabl...
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Increased technology is not the solution to the fundamental issue of declining democratic culture.
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Falling costs and the wider availability of computational components, platforms and ecosystems have enabled the expansion of maker movements and DIY cultures. This can be considered as a form of democratization of technology systems design, in alignment with the aims of Participatory Design approaches. However, this landscape is constantly evolving...
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In the spring of 2014, several colleagues began discussing the idea of launching a community/network that focused on collective intelligence for the common good (CI4CG). The challenges and opportunities for such an endeavor were timely and compelling. Everyone in the group was interested in that theme, although all were engaged in different actions...
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This workshop is intended to help explore a variety of often disconnected viewpoints, experiments, research efforts, and computer programs with the explicit purpose of developing more coherent approaches that help support the maintenance and enhancement of civic intelligence under our current and somewhat ominous circumstances.
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This article describes the life-cycle thus far about how a class of undergraduates and their professor have been developing a new college ranking approach based on the college's cultivation of civic intelligence. The approach was educational in that we learned by doing what it might take to actually develop a rubric in general (although specificall...
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Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Spoken by the Red Queen in Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) by Lewis Carroll
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The title of this chapter is an algebraic way of introducing the relationship of three broad concepts which naturally will not succumb easily to simple relationships that “+” and “=” imply. The question mark at the end suggests that the relationship might not always hold. When faced with algebra problems, the basic goal is to isolate the unknown va...
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This paper explores the nature of a broad range of limitations and the value of coming to terms with them. It's an attempt to help conceive and encourage a shared and coherent vision of computing for the common good that does not rely heavily on market forces and uncritical assumptions about social roles and possibilities in society generally and i...
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This work presents a type of collective intelligence that combines humans and machines to improve civic based problem-solving and social change.
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Seventy years after Vannevar Bush's seminal article his paper argues that societal or group thinking is as important as individual thinking. The phenomenon of civic intelligence, the capability of collectivities to address significant shared issues efficiently and equitably, is explored, especially in relation to other social / psychological phenom...
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Douglas Schuler is a researcher / practitioner who has focused on information and communication in society for thirty years. He has written over fifty articles and has written or coedited nine books, including Participatory Design: Principles and Practices, New Community Networks: Wired for Change, and Liberating Voices: A Pattern Language for Comm...
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Largely due to the Internet and the increase in digital network communications worldwide, researchers, community members, activists, and many others are exploring new ways of empowering citizens with systems that promote Collective Intelligence for the Common Good (CI4CG). We define CI4CG as a distinctive type of collective intelligence, which emer...
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The pattern languages perspective for the design and development of the built environment was popularized by Christopher Alexander and his colleagues in the late 1970s. Although many people have adopted the pattern language philosophy and framework in a variety of design / problem domains, there is a small but growing awareness that this orientatio...
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This paper explores ways in which academia could change to be more socially relevant in relation to communities ICT. It is intended to advance ideas and further discussion. Socially relevant means encouraging the creation of information and communication systems that support human development, social learning, collaborative problem-solving, self-go...
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Civic intelligence is the capacity of collectivities — from small informal groups to humanity as a whole — to equitably and effectively address important shared problems such as poverty, bioterrorism, and natural disasters. It's an abstract concept that can be expressed in policy, art, demonstrations, or conversation. In this article, civic intelli...
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Creating the World Citizen Parliament would require a monumental effort. This project, however, would be managed far differently than monumental projects of the past, such as the US moon landing in 1969 or the building of the Egyptian pyramids. For one thing, the World Citizen Parliament would proceed from the bottom up. Even if a specific assembly...
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Civic intelligence is a form of existing - and potential - collective intelligence that is dedicated towards the reconciliation of problems that affect society collectively. The civic intelligence perspective has helped spawn various frameworks and models that can be used to inform CSCW analysis and design. This paper examines the particular releva...
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In the medieval legend, Doctor Faustus strikes a dark deal with the devil; he obtains vast powers for a limited time in exchange for a priceless possession, his eternal soul. The cautionary tale, perhaps more than ever, provides a provocative lens for examining humankind’s condition, notably its indefatigable faith in knowledge and technology and i...
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Both authors have been engaged in the community networking movement and its evolution for many years in an ongoing effort to help create online systems that meet human needs. Community networks are intended to help address shared "public affairs" in geographical areas. Although this goal is important and laudable, community networking communities a...
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The Collaborative Heliophysics Events Knowledgebase (CHEK) leverages and integrates the existing resources developed by HEK for SDO (Hurlburt et al. 2010) to provide a collaborative framework for heliophysics researchers. This framework will enable an environment were researches can not only identify and locate relevant data, but can deploy a socia...
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Although the intrinsic physicality of human beings has not changed in millennia, the species has managed to profoundly reconstitute the physical and social world it inhabits. Although the word "profound" is insufficient to describe the vast changes our world has undergone, it is sufficiently neutral to encompass both the opportunities — and the cha...
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In this paper, we ask what it would take to envision and support collective intelligence that was socially and environmentally ameliorative. To help answer that question we introduce the concept of "civic intelligence" as a manifestation of collective intelligence that could serve the needs of researchers and practitioners working at the intersecti...
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At PDC 2002 in Malmo, Sweden, I presented a vision of a broad participatory project to create a "pattern language" that would encourage and foster the creation of new information and communication systems to empower civil society and encourage positive social change. Although these systems can't solve problems by themselves, it is impossible to ima...
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The 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI Inter- tional 2007, was held in Beijing, P.R. China, 22-27 July 2007, jointly with the Symposium on Human Interface (Japan) 2007, the 7th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, the 4th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Comp...
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Climbing upwards in this way, one would reach a fork where two streams joined, anda choicehadtobemade.Noreliable information couldbeobtained from the map,andnogeneraloverviewwaspossible toguidethe choice,whichwasbased only on what could be seen within a few yards, or on any general predisposition to go towards the right or the left… Having climbed...
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Around the world, citizens in local communities are utilising ICTs to underpin the creation of a participatory and democratic vision of the network society. Embedded in the richness and diversity of community practice, a vision of a 'civil network society' is emerging. A society where ICTs are harnessed as tools to improve the quality of life and r...
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The Seattle Community Network (SCN; http://www.scn.org) is a community owned and operated networked computer system that just marked its 10th anniversary. SCN now provides e-mail to thousands of people and web sites and distribution lists to scores of community groups. In the era of dot-coms and ubiquitous banner ads, SCN is somewhat of an anomaly....
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On September 11 we saw how a tightly knit group worked together to penetrate the US and carry out a carefully orchestrated attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. We also saw how citizens spontaneously organized themselves to care for victims and their families, and support each other. How can the CHI community build on its knowledge of comp...
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Cities are providing the physical environment for an increasing number of the world’s citizens. They are also becoming the locus for a variety of “virtual”, networked digitally-based economic, political, and cultural activities. Digital cities represent a new manifestation of this phenomenon. Digital cities, like their physical analogies, geographi...
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In spite of remarkable advances in science and technology, humankind is beset with a number of serious problems. These are not just problems that 'won't go away'; they are problems that are worsening considerably. These problems include the growing gap between rich and poor, between those who have too much and those who have too little, as well as...
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The computing community is responsible for building the tools that have worked to change the face of democracy. But can we do more as responsible citizens?
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Researchers take a broad range of approaches in studying social cyberspaces, and each approach has its own theoretical underpinnings, goals, methods, advantages, and disadvantages. We intend to bring researchers from various backgrounds together, document the range of variation in this interdisciplinary area, and build connections among these pract...
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Global forces—economic, political and technological — threaten communities in many ways. On the one hand, citizens may feel like they’re part of an undifferentiated crowd with no personal identity. On the other hand, they may feel isolated and alone, disconnected from the human community. In either case, people—especially those with fewer economic...
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In a paper entitled "Industrial Strength Hypermedia: Requirements for a Large Engineering Enterprise" published in the Proceedings of Hypertext '91 [Malc91], K. C. Malcolm and two of the authors (Steve Poltrock and Doug Schuler) presented their vision for the use of hypermedia to manage large-scale engineering information. Since that time, engineer...
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"Doug Schuler has been a crusading pioneer in the community network arena and it will help the cause to have a significant book available that presents his views. His breadth of knowledge, personal experience, and the numerous examples he presents are the strong parts of this project. His enthusiasm shows and there are many appealing anecdotes. Thi...
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Current hypermedia tools do not support the needs of collaborative work groups in distributed heterogeneous environments and cannot be integrated into the existing and planned computing environments at large enterprises like Boeing. It is in meeting these needs, however, that hypermedia could make its greatest impact. Hypermedia systems must evolve...
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Efforts are under way to characterize better group processes at the Boeing Company as part of a project to design software for computer-supported collaboration. This paper describes work in progress to support multi-user, collaborative situations using Aquinas, a knowledge acquisition workbench. An experiment is described in which Aquinas is used t...
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Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) is an organization of computer professionals committed to informing both policy makers and the public about the appropriate uses and potential misuses of computer technology. Current activities include projects dealing with the Strategic Defense Initiative, civil liberties, and funding of comp...
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Online deliberation is the term for a network-based (usually Internet) com-puter application that supports the deliberative process in some way. At present, very few examples exist, although the number is slowly increasing. Online deliberation has advantages and disadvantages relative to face-to-face deliberation. Broad criteria of success for eith...

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And what research questions are people asking?
By the way, here is one article I've written on the subject: How civic intelligence can teach what it means to be a citizen, https://theconversation.com/how-civic-intelligence-can-teach-what-it-means-to-be-a-citizen-63170

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