Technology Mediated Social Participation 
U.S. National Science Foundation sponsored workshops  U.S National Science Foundation
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All around us, technology-mediated social participation has been harnessed for remarkable social benefits. New thrusts in basic research and engineering are likely to move beyond existing socio-technical media to produce new participatory systems spanning people, computation, communication and action.
These developments could produce profound transformations in health care, community safety, disaster response, life-long learning, business innovation, energy sustainability, environmental protection, and other spheres of important national priorities.

New research opportunities, in the social and computational fields, and challenging needs for the development of research methods, analysis tools and metrics, are evolving.
To better understand human social interaction, we need to develop socially intelligent systems in which human collaboration is mediated by machines.

The Technology Mediated Social Participation workshops are an effort sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation, aiming to draw up a strong scientific research agenda and educational recommendations for creating a cohesive community that generates the foundational science, engineering, and graduate training necessary for a new era of social participation technologies.

The workshops build on the early information meeting held at University of Maryland College Park, on April 28, 2009, which produced a 50-page white paper on the topic.

A 1-page description of a National Initiative for Social Participation appeared in AAAS Science, on March 13, 2009.

An open letter to President Obama on social media, modeled on Albert Einstein's letter to President Roosevelt, was published in Government Computer News on August 3, 2009.

The workshops were held on the west and east coasts, and discussed theoretical and practical issues. Workshop themes include: Theoretical integration; Shareable Infrastructure, ethics, and protections; Social capital, social intelligence, and effective action; Design to motivate participation; Graduate Training; and - Unique challenges for government use of social media.


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