Negotiated Arrangements and Technological Reasoning

14th Sep 2009

15:30 - 16:30

Seminar Rm 1.06, Old Surgeons' Hall, High School Yards

This talk is being co-sponsored by Neil Pollock's ESRC fellowship – The Social Study of the Information Technology Marketplace.

Through this talk I make two contributions. First, I outline several institutional and technological forces that are helping to re-shape discussions of information systems to being broader discussions of information infrastructures. Second, I articulate design principles of information infrastructures with specific attention to the policing (and more broadly public safety). To do this I draw on data from a multi-year study of these infrastructures in the United States. The design principles advanced in this talk are tentative and arise from interim and ongoing analyses of several case studies of policing information infrastructures, with the analysis framed by principles of these infrastructures as being socio-technical assemblages. The talk concludes with me reflecting on the implications of this work for both advancing socio-technical systems theories for information systems and deepening current design theories relative to their characterization of social processes.