I’ve always been a lousy academic in some key ways. Specifically, I’m really bad at keeping an updated webpage, listing my articles, making it easier for people to find, download (and cite) my research. Somehow, there always seemed to be more important things to do with my time.

But I just found my motivation to make my work public. Aaron Swartz. Like so many people, I was incredulous at the case against him, the virulence of the charges, the downright Orwellian nature of the sentencing threats — especially in light of the massive misdeeds of people who genuinely defrauded the nation and caused cascading economic collapse. Was it really only 4 and a half years ago that we all lived through that together?

As an academic, I found the case especially ridiculous, particularly in light of the academic publishing racket. We all need to place our articles, and somehow writers, editors and reviewers don’t get paid, and yet the journals themselves are absurdly expensive. University libraries play a constant game of how to pare back subscriptions and not paralyze the intellectual lives of their communities. And then there’s the ever-convenient online access to journals, which runs the risk of a protection racket as time goes on. Keep paying, Library X, or we’ll revoke your entire database. And since you stopped subscribing to the print versions years ago, it’s not like you’ll lose access only to future publications. You’ll lose everything that you ever payed for in the past! No, really, we need to raise our subscription rates another 20% this year. It’s the rising cost of fuel, surely you understand.

I didn’t know Aaron, but I’m a Berkman person, and our worlds overlapped enough that my inbox is full of tributes.

Here’s mine.

Twenty years after starting my career, I’ve found a reason to make my work public. Not because I think my research is so riveting. But to raise my voice with others.

Kolko, B., Hope, A., Sattler, B., Maccorkle, K., Sirjani, B. (2012). “Hackademia: Building Functional Rather Than Accredited Engineers” Participatory Design Conference ACM. 129-138.PDCHackademia2012

Walton, R., Yaaqoubi, J., & Kolko, B.E. (2012,). What’s it for? Expectations of Internet value and usefulness in Central Asia. Information Technologies and International Development: 8(3). ExpectationsofInternetValueinCentralAsiaITID

Cynthia Putnam, Beth Kolko. (2012) HCI Professions: Differences ad Definitions.” CHI Works in Progress paper. 6 pages May 2012.

Putnam, C., Kolko, B and Wood, S.(2012).Communicating about users in ICTD: leveraging HCI personas. In Proceedings of International Conference on Information and Commiunication Technologies and Development,ICTD 2012, Atlanta, GA, USA, March 12-15

A. Hope; W. Brunette; W. Gerard; J. Keh; L. Shlenke; R. Anderson; M. Kawooya; R. Nathan; B. Kolko. (2012). “The Midwife’s Assistant: Designing Integrated Learning Tools to Scaffold Ultrasound Practice.” Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICTD).March 2012. pp.ICTDUltrasound2012

B. Kolko; A. Hope; W. Brunette; K. Saville; W. Gerard; R.; M. Kawooya; R. Nathan.(2012). Adapting Collaborative Radiological Practice to Low-Resource Environments.” Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). February 2012.pp.97-106.AdaptingCollaborativeRadiologicalPracticeCSCW2012

Kolko, B.E., Putnam, C., Rose, E. (2011) “Reflection on research methodologies for ubicomp in developing contexts”. Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. OnlineFirst publication March 15, 2011  doi:10.1007/s00779-010-0338. 1-9. Print publication 15(6), 575-583.ResearchMethodsforDevelopingRegions

W. Brunette; M. Hicks; A. Hope; G. Ruddy; R. Anderson; B. Kolko. (2011). “Reducing Maternal Mortality: An Ultrasound System for Village Midwives.” IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC). Pp. 84-90.IEEEGHTCUltrasound2011

Rohit Chaudhri, Darivanh Vlachos, Jabili Kaza, Joy Palludan, Nathan Bilbao, Troy Martin, Gaetano Borriello, Beth Kolko, Kiersten Israel-Ballard  (2011) “A System for Safe Flash-Heat Pasteurization of Human Breast Milk.” NSDR.

Gorman, T., Rose, E., Yaaqoubi, J., Azaabanye Bayor, A., Kolko, B.E. (2011). Adapting Usability Testing for Oral, Rural Users. ACM CHI Conference. Vancouver, Canada. May 2011. pp. 1437-1440.

Anderson, R., Kolko. B. (2011) “Designing Technology for Resource-Constrained Environments: a Multidisciplinary Capstone Sequence.” ASEE. Vancouver, Canada. June 2011

Gleave, E., Robbins, B., Kolko, B.E. (2011). “Trust in Uzbekistan.” International Political Science Review. OnlineFirst publication February 28, 2011.  10.1177/0192512110379491  1-21.

Best, M.B., Thakur, D., Kolko, B.E. (2010). “The Contribution of User-Based Subsidies to the Impact and Sustainabiltiy of Telecenters – the eCenter Project in Kyrgyzstan.” Special ICTD09 Issue of Information Technologies and International Development. 6:2. 75-89.UserBasedSubsidiesITID

Brunette, W, Gottlieb, AH, Gerard, W, Anderson, R, Hicks, M., Boriello, G., Kolko, B. (2010). “Portable Antenatal Ultrasound Platform for Village Midwives.” ACM Computing for Development Conference. December 2010. ISBN 978-1-4503-0473-3978-1-4503-0473-3. pp. 1-10.Ultrasound-Dev2010

Putnam, C. & Kolko, B. (2010). “What Exactly is ‘The Internet”?: The Social Meaning of  ICTs and Their Ability to Impact Development , .” Information and Communication Technologies and Development Conference. December 2010PutnamKolkoICTD2010SocialMeaningofICTs

Anderson, R.E., Poon, A., Lustig, C., Brunette, W., Salihbaeva, O., Johnson, E., Putnam, C., Boriello, G., & Kolko, B. E. (2010).  “Experiences with a Transportation Information System that Uses Only GPS and SMS.” Information and Communication Technologies and Development Conference. December 2010.StarBus-ICTD2010

Putnam, C. & Kolko B. (2009). Getting Online but still living offline: the complex relationship of technology adoption and in-person social networks. In Proceedings of Advances in Social Networks and Mining, ASONAM ’09. pp. 33-40.

Putnam, C., Kolko, B., Rose, E. & Walton, R. (2009). Mobile phone users in Kyrgyzstan: A case study of identifying user needs and requirements. In Proceedings of International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC ’09, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 20-22. np. (6267 words).

Driesbach, C., Walton R., Kolko, B., & Seidakmatova, A. (2009). Asking Internet Users to Explain Non-Use in Kyrgyzstan. In Proceedings of International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC ’09, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 20-22.  np. (4124 words).

Anderson, R.E., Poon, A., Lustig, C., Brunette, W., Boriello, G., & Kolko, B. E. (2009). “Building a Transportation Information System Using Only GPS and Basic SMS Infrastructure.” In Proceedings of ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD ’09, Doha.Qatar, April 17-19, 2009.  pp. 233-242.  StarBus-ICTD2009

Kolko, B. & Putnam,C. (2009). Computer Games in the Developing World: The Value of Non-Instrumental Engagement with ICTs, or Taking Play Seriously. In Proceedings of ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD ’09, Doha.Qatar, April 17-19, 2009. pp. 46-55. Kolko_230_games_ICTD_cameraready_forConfProc

Kolko, B.E., Rose, E.J., & Johnson, E.J. (2007). Information Seeking as Communication: The Case for Mobile Social Software in Developing Regions.” Proceedings of the 16th Annual IW3C2/ACM International WWW Conference (WWW2007). pp. 863-872. Acceptance rate14.7%. Citations: 23www2007Kolkoetal

Kolko, B.E., Johnson, E.J., & Rose, E.J. (2007). Mobile Social Software for the Developing World. Proceedings of HCI International. Vol. 4564. Springer Berlin. pp. 385-394.

Putnam, C., Rose, E., & Kolko, B. (2009). “Adapting User-Centered Design Methods to Design for Diverse Populations.” Information Technology and International Development 5:4. 49-71.AdaptingUserCenteredDesignMethodsforDiversePopulationsITID

Walton, R., Putnam, C., Johnson, E., & Kolko, B. (2009). “Skills are Not Binary: Exploring the Relationship between ICT Skills and Employment.” Information Technology and International Development 5:2. 1-18.SkillsAreNotBinaryITID

Johnson, E., Kolko, B., & Salikhbaeva, O. (2009). Boundaries and information: Sidestepping restrictions through Internet conversations.” First Monday 14:8 – 3. np. 9472 words. http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/viewArticle/2505/2247

Kim, S, Farber, S., Kolko, B.E., Kim, W., Ellsbury, K., & Greer, T. (2006).  “Patterns of Faculty and Student Participation in On-Line Case Discussions of Palliative Care Scenarios.” Family Medicine 38:7. 494-499.

Chen, V. H., Duh, H. B., Kolko, B., Whang, L. S., & Fu, M. C. (2006). Games in Asia project. In CHI ’06 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 22 – 27, 2006). CHI ’06. ACM, New York, NY. pp. 291-294.

Wei, C. & Kolko, B.E. (2005). “Studying Mobile Phone Use in Context: Cultural, Political, and Economic Dimensions of Mobile phone use.” Proceedings from the Annual IEEE IPCC Conference. July 2005. (4690 words)

Wei, C., & Kolko, B.E. (2005). “Resistance to Globalization: Language and Internet Diffusion Patterns in Uzbekistan.” The New Review of Multimedia and Hypermedia 11:2. 205-220.ResistencetoGlobalization

Burgstahler, S., Jirikowic, T., Kolko, B.E., & Eliot, M. (2004). “Software Accessibility, Usability Testing and Individuals with Disabilities.” Information Technology and Disabilities 10:2. np. (5629 words). http://www.rit.edu/~easi/itd/itdv10n2/burghsta.htm.

Thayer, A., & Kolko, B.E. (2004). “Localization of Digital Games: The Process of Blending for the Global Games Market.” Technical Communication 51:4. 477-488.

Kolko, B.E., Wei, C., & J.H. Spyridakis. (2003). “Internet Use in Uzbekistan: Developing a Methodology for Tracking Information Technology Implementation Success.” Information Technologies and International Development 1:2. 1-19.InternetUseinUzbekistanITID

Taylor, T.L., & Kolko, B.E. (2003). “Boundary Spaces: Majestic and the Uncertain Status of Knowledge, Community and Self in a Digital Age.” Information, Communication & Society 6:4. 497-522.  BoundarySpaces

Haselkorn, M.P., Sauer, G., Turns, J., Illman, D.L., Tsutsui, M., Plumb, C., Williams, T., Kolko, B.E., & J.H. Spyridakis. (2003). “Expanding the Scope of Examples from the Department of Technical Communication at the University of Washington,” Technical Communication 50:2. 174-191.

Kim, S., Kolko, B.E., & Greer, T. (2002). “Problem-Solving in Web-based Problem-Based Learning: Third-Year Medical Students’ Participation in End-of-Life Care Virtual Clinic,” Computers in Human Behavior 18:6. 761-772.WebbasedProblemSolvingLearning

Kolko, B. E. (2001). “Discursive Citizenship: The Body Politic in Cyberspace.” The International Journal of Virtual Reality. 5:1. 1-8.

Kolko, B.E. (1999) “Representing Bodies in Virtual Space: The Rhetoric of Avatar Design.” The Information Society 15:3. 177-186.RepresentingBodiesinVirtualSpace

Kolko, B.E. (1998). “Intellectual Property in Synchronous and Collaborative Virtual Space.” Computers and Composition 15:2. 163-183.IntellectualPropertyinSynchronousandCollaborativeVirtualSpace

Kolko, B.E. (1995). “Building a World With Words: The Narrative Reality of Virtual Communities.” Works and Days 13:1-2. 105-126.


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1 Response to #pdftribute

  1. modyvishal says:

    I cheer for you and the countless others that are continuing Aaron’s cause. I am sure Aaron is looking down and smiling.

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