Doug Schuler has a masters degree in Software Engineering from Seattle University and a masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington. He's a former chair of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), a founding member of the Seattle Community Network (SCN), and a faculty member of The Evergreen State College where he teaches and learns about civic intelligence, social imagination, technology, and social implications of the network society.
Doug's new book Liberating Voices: A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution which was published in November, 2008 contains 136 patterns was written by Doug and over 80 contributors. His recent books, co-edited with Peter Day, are Shaping the Network Society: The New Role of Civil Society in Cyberspace (MIT Press) and Community Practice in the Network Society: Local Action / Global Interaction (Routledge). He also co-edited Cyberculture: The Key Concepts (Routledge) with David Bell, Brian Loader, and Nicholas Pleace. His book New Community Networks: Wired for Change (Addison-Wesley) is freely available online in both English and Spanish.
For over 20 years Doug has been engaged with issues relating to society and computing, mostly as an activist with CPSR. He has worked on many CPSR projects including all eight of CPSR's biannual symposia on the "Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing" (DIAC) conferences, which provide a public forum for social implications of computers. Doug is currently the program director for CPSR's Public Sphere Project where he is coordinating a participatory action / research project on civic intelligence. (definition / blog)
Doug has given presentations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South and North America on issues related to democratic, equitable and sustainable uses of technology. Please see his presentations page for a more extensive listing.
- Liberating Voices: A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution (MIT Press, 2008).
- Shaping the Network Society: The New Role of Civil Society in Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2004) co-edited with Peter Day.
- Community Practice in the Network Society: Local Action / Global Interaction" (Routledge, 2004) co-edited with Peter Day.
- Cyberculture: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2004) co-edited with David Bell, Brian Loader, and Nicholas Pleace.
- New Community Networks: Wired for Change, published in 1996 by Addison-Wesley, is now online. Thanks go to the Morino Institute for their initial support of putting the bibliography and the appendices online. Nuevas Redes Comunitarias, a Spanish language edition is currently being developed.
- Public Space in Cyberspace: Library Advocacy in the Information Age Doug Schuler and Jamie McClelland; published by Libraries for the Future.
- Participatory Design: Principles and Practices. Edited by Douglas Schuler and Aki Namioka. Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.
- Reinventing Technology, Rediscovering Community: Critical Studies in Computing as a Social Practice. Edited by Philip Agre and Doug Schuler. Ablex Publishing CO.
- Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing. Edited by Jonathan Jacky and Doug Schuler. Ablex Publishing CO.
- Will We Be Smart Enough Soon Enough? Putting Civic Intelligence Into Practice, Perth, Australia, 2010
- Prato Community Informatics Research Network, Prato, Italy. 2010.
- Towards the Leeds Declaration (for online deliberation), Leeds, England 2010
- What Type of Digital Transformation? Reinventing Social Thought and Action With Civic Intelligence, Porto, Portugal
- Civic Intelligence, Spring 2009
- Politics, Performance, and the Public with Mark Harrison, Fall 2007 – Spring 2008
- Computer Professionals and the Next Culture of Democracy From Communications of the ACM. January, 2001.
- The Cyber-Knave Conspiracy: A Rant for Our Times, Telepolis.
- Community Networks: Building a New Participatory Medium. From Communications of the ACM. January, 1994.
- How to Kill Community Networks — Hint: We May Have Already Started From The Network Observer. January, 1996.
- Public Space in Cyberspace: The Rise of the New Community Networks. From Internet World. December, 1995. (Hungarian translation is also available.)
- New Community Networks and the Tapestry of Democratic Technology, preface for Un cittadino tutto di bit: la democrazia elettronica dentro e fuori Internet
- Community Networks and the Evolution of Civic Intelligence, to be published in AI & Society
- A Pattern Language for Living Communication (From PDC '02 Proceedings)
- Cultivating Society's Civic Intelligence: Patterns for a New "World Brain" (pdf) Journal of Society, Information and Communication, vol 4 No. 2 html
- Community Networks: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow From Proceedings of INET '96, Montreal, Canada. June, 1996.
- Community Computer Networks: An Opportunity for Collaboration Among Democratic Technology Practitioners and Researchers. Technology and Democracy - Comparative Perspectives. Oslo, Norway. January, 1997.
- What Kind of Platform for Change? Democracy, Community Work, and the Internet. Democracy and the Internet Conference. Munich, Germany. February, 1997.
- Civic Intelligence: An Under Developed Resource, video. March 19, 2009. London School of Economics
- What Type of Digital Transformation? Reinventing Social Thought and Action with Civic Intelligence slides. International School for Digital Transformation, July, 2009. Porto, Portugal.
- Interview with Ulla Ebner at Conference for eDemocracy and Open Government (CeDem) at the University of the Danube, Krems Austria
- Liberating Voices: A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution Interview (audio) with Gavin Dahl of Digital Crossroads
- Pesquisador vê a internet como poderosa ferramenta social Interview with Mariana Barros, Folha de S.Paulo, December 21, 2005.
- Realizing the Virtual Community, interview with Blake Harris, Government Technology, August 2001.
- Doug Schuler: New Community Networks An interview with Howard Rheingold in Salon Magazine.
- The Internet and Sustainable Communities. An interview with John Horvath, Munich, February 1997. In Telepolis, a print and online journal of net critique.
- Community networks workshop notes from the HUD Neighborhood Networks conference in Seattle in July, 1996.
- Is there life after death? Some thoughts on how to rescue Seattle Community Network from its state of neglect and lack of leadership.
- Smart Enough Soon Enough? Understanding and Enhancing Society's Civic Intelligence presentation sponsored by Center for Communication and Civic Engagement, University of Washington, May 25, 2004 (and Nederlands Instituut voor Wetenschappelijke Informatiediensten (NIWI) Amsterdam, September 6, 2004).
- Fighting Digital Determinism, a site against mandatory laptop at Seattle's Lakeside School.
- Networking in the Information Age panel, Reclaim the Media conference, moderated by Sheri Herndon with confirmed panelists jonathan jay (Radio X), Amoshaun (Radio X), Doug Schuler (former chair of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility), and Lance Bennett (Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor Communication and Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington).
- Rich Opportunity or Idle Dream? -- Non-Profits Using Network Technology for Social Change Panel discussion moderated by Doug Schuler with Jonathan Peizer (CTO, Open Society Institute), Joan Fanning (Executive Director, NPower), and CIS' Chris Coward. Real Video of entire session [ 1:41:43 ].
- Meet the New Medium: Exploring the Technolgy and Social Implications of the Internet. Syllabus, reading list, project descriptions, and other information related to the two-quarter course at The Evergreen State College, winter-spring 1997.
- A posting to communet on the underlying principles for community networks and social activism.
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Photograph courtesy of Reed Schuler