Social Capital analyzes your relationships and helps you become the person you don’t have time to be. Your social media and digital communication are algorithmically analyzed and packaged for you to quickly and efficiently catch up on all the important events in the lives of your friends, family and acquaintances. The mobile app presents information using easy to digest visualizations, allowing for drill down into specific content and trends of communication patterns over time. Never be caught unaware again.
Social Capital Project Team:
- Jed Brubaker, University of California-Irvine
- Morgan Currie, UCLA
- Michael Karlesky, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
- Courtney Loder, University of California-Irvine
- Xinru Page, University of California-Irvine
- Darren Stevenson, University of Michigan
Social Capital’s design challenge: Dark Values and Design for Hesitation
When we design with values in mind, there is a natural tendency to engage the pro-social or aspirational values on the positive end of a spectrum. There are entirely different sets of values – the negative, anti-social, destructive, abusive, abandoning, neglecting, disenfranchising – that are often invoked in cautionary or failure narratives of designed technologies and systems. But, can we design for these dark values with intention, even if only to learn and recognize the processes by which they come into the world? How would you go about designing a technology that embodies the values of control, subtle shifts to rob users of their agency, or subverts human and social values to convince people to behave against their own interests? Moving back toward the theme of responsive and responsible design, how can we design technologies to incorporate moments for hesitation, and opportunities to cultivate a sociotechnical reflexive practice? Each act of design involves acts of inclusion and exclusion. How do we make those explicit in the process of design? Your challenge is to design a piece of technology or software that embodies “Dark Values” or creates a space for hesitation in practice or process.