Jon Pincus’ current professional projects include Tales from the Net (a book on social networks co-authored with Deborah Pierce), starting a strategy consulting practice. Previous work includes leading the Ad Astra (Analysis and Development of Awesome STRAtegies) project as General Manger for Strategy Development in Microsoft’s Online Services Group; creating the static analysis tools PREfix and PREfast (now available in Visual Studio) at his startup Intrinsa and then at Microsoft Research; security planning with the Windows Security Push and XPSP2 task forces; and the National Academies/CSTB panel Sufficient Evidence?. His primary current research interests include the interactions between social networks and diversity theory, trolls, and recasting the field of computer science as a social science. Some of the social science approaches embodied in his Ad Astra and the earlier Project Fabulous include asset-based thinking, narratology, cognitive diversity, intersectionality, standpoint theories and situated knowledges, oppression theory, action research, and hot pink beanbag chairs. He currently blogs about all of these topics as well as voting rights, political activism, poetry, and whatever else crosses his mind at Liminal States and elsewhere.
In his intro on the CFP08 blog, he added
- After going to CFP for over a decade, being on a panel, organizing BoFs, and helping out in various ways when Deborah chaired the 2005 conference in Seattle, I was honored and delighted when Eddan asked me to be on the program committee this year. I see CFP as the most important conference — and network of people and organizations — focused on civil rights (and increasingly, human rights in general) in an electronic society. With this year's focus on technology policy and perfect timing in the middle of the US election season, I think there's a chance that we'll have even more impact than in the past.
- One area I'm particularly interested in is broadening participation in CFP -- including for people who aren't able to make it to the conference itself. So I signed up to lead the blogging here and the Facebook outreach. Hopefully others will get involved and start up CFP groups and communities on other social network sites as well! We'll have more to say on this front as the program gets finalized and we get closer to the conference ... so stay tuned :-)