Systems development is not the creation of discrete, intrinsically meaningful objects, but the cultural production of new forms of material practice.
—L. A. Suchman
The essence of critical technical practice is to evaluate a research project not by its correspondence to one’s own substantive beliefs but by the rigor and insight with which it struggles against the patterns of difficulty inherent in its design.
—P. E. Agre
You can't change anything from outside it. Standing apart, looking down, taking the overview, you see the pattern. What's wrong, what's missing. You want to fix it. But you can't patch it. You have to be in it, weaving it. You have to be part of the weaving.
—U. K. Le Guin
This is like this, because that is like that.
—T. N. Hanh
This is the website of Six Silberman.
As of July 1, 2015, I work for IG Metall, a labor union in Germany. I am based in Frankfurt.
I share digital copies of texts on request.
David Peter has drawn me.
I have a CV.
Here are some texts I enjoyed reading recently:
Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication.
Kentaro Toyama, Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology.
Caitlin Lustig, Algorithmic authority: the case of bitcoin.
Miriam A. Cherry, A eulogy for the EULA.
Cecilia R. Aragon, Green or not at all.
C. J. Cherryh, The Faded Sun trilogy (Kesrith, Shon'jir, Kutath).
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed.
Bonnie A. Nardi, Inequality and limits.
C. J. Cherryh, Downbelow Station, Cyteen, and Regenesis.
Here are some texts I am reading:
Dorothea Kleine, Technologies of Choice? ICTs, Development, and the Capabilities Approach.
Elizabeth Losh, The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University.
Here are some texts I enjoyed reading not so recently:
Donella Meadows, John Richardson, and Gerhart Bruckmann, Introduction (pp. vii-xiii) to Groping in the Dark: The First Decade of Global Modelling.
Philip E. Agre, The art of public design. In Notes and recommendations for 21 Dec 2000, Red Rock Eater News Service.
Philip E. Agre, Toward a critical technical practice: lessons learned in trying to reform AI [artificial intelligence].
Kate Losse, The Boy Kings: A Journey to the Heart of the Social Network.
Here are some texts I have written or contributed to writing:
Summary of my dissertation, Human-Centered Computing and the Future of Work: Lessons from Mechanical Turk and Turkopticon, 2008-2015. Full dissertation. Defense text. Defense slides.
Information systems for the age of consequences. Presented at LIMITS 2015. First Monday version here.
Visual design strategy by Sam Kaufman.