Academic Values and Social Impact-the painful contradiction.

The following is the text of a recent rant on Facebook.

This photo came up on my FB page today. I took it about 3 years ago. It is of village women mapping out their community assets as part of the PROTIC project in Bangladesh which looks at at effect of smartphones and [...]

Books--a Palestinian tale

The plunder of books and how libraries might respond.

This is a story of a now old book and its connections to war, displacement, cultural destruction; the possibilities of an apology and reconciliation; and the remarkable things that connectivity can achieve.  This is about my efforts to track the  original owner of a book that came [...]

Kuhn and Community Informatics

I’m reading Kuhn’s *The structure of scientific revolutions* slowly after glancing at bits of it over the years.

I’m struck by its deliberately archaic and lugubrious tone at times, which I think reflects the Harvard environment it came from (it takes one to know one).  But despite that–it’s got an extraordinary amount to think about in [...]