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The Office of the President invites
UW faculty, students, staff and friends to attend
the 37th Annual University Faculty Lecture:

The Shape of Being:
Technology Design, Human Values
and the Future

By Dr. Batya Friedman

Thursday, February 7, 2013
7 p.m.
Kane Hall, Room 130

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Walker-Ames Room in Kane Hall.

About this lecture

Technology has values. Design matters. And both have a stake in our futures. How can we design tools and technology so they are more likely to support the actions, relationships, institutions and experiences that humans care about?

Dr. Batya Friedman will explain how design information and computing technology are fundamental to humanity, creating the conditions in which we live, express ourselves and experience what it means to be alive.

Her lecture will touch on four provocative ideas that project how the future of technology design affects the future of humanity: communal intelligence, the human mind, the data cloud and the planet.

Dr. Friedman also will discuss practical applications of her research, including designs for secure, implantable medical devices, privacy in public and support systems of international justice.

About the University Faculty Lecture

In conjunction with the Office of the Provost, members of the UW faculty choose one of their peers to deliver the University Faculty Lecture. Dr. Batya Friedman joins a distinguished roster of Nobel laureates, historians, artists, scientists and authors who have presented this series each year since 1976.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (FAX) or

About Dr. Batya Friedman

Director, Value Sensitive Design Research Lab

Professor, Information School

Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering

Dr. Friedman is a pioneer of value sensitive design (VSD), an approach to account for human values in the design of information systems. First developed in human-computer interaction, VSD has since been used in information management, human-robotic interaction, computer security, civil engineering, applied philosophy, land use and transportation.

Dr. Friedman is currently working on multi-lifespan information system design, a program that studies solutions to problems unlikely to be solved within a single human lifespan. Her Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal is an early project in this program. She is also investigating methods for envisioning — imagining new ideas that use information systems to shape our futures.

In 2012, Dr. Friedman received the Association for Computing Machinery-Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction’s Social Impact Award. She received both her BA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.