Values in Design Council

Functioning as part of the NSF Future Internet Architecture Project, the Values in Design Council serves as a multi-disciplinary team of experts in the social analysis of digital information technologies. The team acts as analysts and consultants to the FIA projects, helping to identify junctures in the design process in which values-critical technical decisions arise.

The Values In Design Council for Future Internet Architectures – Next Phase (VID4FIA-NP) will work alongside the project winners of the National Science Foundation’s Future Internet Architecture large awards, announced in late April 2014. The aim is to build a unique forum for interposing questions and ideas about social, political, and ethical values in an ongoing dialog with computer scientists and engineers engaged in designing and developing Internet technologies.

The ideal VID4FIA-NP Council includes 16 members from different fields and career stages, whose work, one way or another, has been inspired by the notion that values, such as security, openness, accessibility, privacy, etc. are embodied in socio­technical systems, and further, that these values be considered not only post­ hoc with design patches and stopgap policy but fruitfully integrated throughout design and development. Next Phase awards, unlike the first phase of the projects, will be focused on applications, oriented around the specifics of the context of deployment.

Council Members

Stefan Bechtold, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, ETH Zurich
Geoffrey Bowker, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine
Finn Brunton (PI), Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU
Paul Dourish, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine
Tarleton Gillespie, Department of Communication, Cornell University
James Grimmelmann, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland
Seda Gurses, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU
Chris Hoofnagle, Center for Law & Technology, UC Berkeley
Daniel C. Howe, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
Andrea Matwyshyn, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Deirdre Mulligan, School of Information, UC Berkeley
Helen Nissenbaum (PI), Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU
Paul Ohm, University of Colorado Law School, University of Colorado at Boulder
Matt Ratto, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Phoebe Sengers, Department of Information Science and S&TS, Cornell University
Katie Shilton, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
Natasha Dow Schüll, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT
Luke Stark (RA), Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU
Michael Zimmer, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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