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People, Information, and Knowledges
October 5, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
SOIS Research Brown Bag Series: People, Information and Knowledges
Dr. Bhuva Narayan
Senior Lecturer of Communication
University of Technology Sydney
NWQB 3511 • 2025 E Newport Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Narayan will talk about research into the two aspects of our contemporary information society, specifically the information cultures around two contextual information domains; one where we can harness smart technologies to gather in situ qualitative data from hundreds of people to understand their everyday information behaviors and practices, the other where thousands of people, both children and adults, are victims of online misbehavior via these same smart technologies. The first (funded by the Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre) is investigating issues around diabetes informatics; it focuses on understanding people’s information practices around the everyday self-management of information-intensive chronic health conditions such as diabetes using mobile technologies to help improve health outcomes. The second (funded by the Australian Domain Authority Foundation) is exploring the issue of cyberbullying amongst teenagers, using dyadic pairings of teenagers and their parents to manually code social media data for perceived bullying and bullying-related roles.
Bio: Dr. Bhuva Narayan is Senior Lecturer of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the Program Coordinator for the Master of Digital Information Management, an LIS degree accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association. Dr. Narayan completed her MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh’s iSchool, and her PhD at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Dr. Narayan’s research interests are in Human Information Behaviours and is focused on how people interact with and use information within their daily lives in various Information Ecologies, including digital social media. Dr. Narayan’s current research interests include: Privacy literacy in the age of the Internet of Things, vulnerable communities in the digital age, information avoidance, Open access publishing, User Experience Design, and Design Thinking for social innovation.