At long last, we are able to share reflections on our experience of participatory design in the Mobile Voices/VozMob project in Los Angeles. (VozMob created a platform for day laborers and domestic workers in LA to publish news and stories using ordinary cellphones; it was the basis of the Vojo service now at MIT.) Our article, Mobile Voices: Design as a method to explore the possibilities and limitations of community participation, investigates power and participation in creating this mobile platform for social justice. Authors’ submission copy available here. Check it out and let us know what you think!
I’m thrilled to be a part of this collection from Lexington Books: Technological Determinism and Social Change: Communication in a Tech-Mad World. Edited by Jan Servaes, it includes chapters by Jo Tacchi, Karin Wilkins, and other heroes of mine!
Check out The Johns Hopkins Guide to New Media and Digital Textuality (M.L. Ryan, L. Emerson & B. Robertson, Eds., Johns Hopkins University Press) for my entry on participatory culture, among many other topics!
My article, Media Systems Dependency and Human Rights Online Video: The “Saffron Revolution” and WITNESS’s Hub, co-authored with Zhan Li, has been published by the International Journal of Communication.