Shiri Azenkot is an Assistant Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, and a field member in the Information Science Department at Cornell University. She is broadly interested in human-computer interaction and accessibility. Professor Azenkot’s research focuses on enabling people with disabilities to have equal access to information via mobile and wearable devices.
She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 2014, where she was awarded the Graduate School Medal, an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and an AT&T Labs Graduate Fellowship. She also holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Pomona College.
Future Interaction Techniques
This course provides an intensive introduction to contemporary issues in information and communication ethics, policy, and law, with a particular focus on internet-based intermediaries and platforms. It approaches these matters from the perspective of developers of connective media, focusing on the challenges and dilemmas they confront. Students will develop a keen sense of the core values at stake in their work—free speech, privacy, intellectual property, security, and innovation, among others—and learn to engage key regulations, processes, and actors shaping the ongoing development of norms governing their field. To do this, students will read critical commentary and thoughtful reflections by seasoned practitioners, illustrative research from technologists, an interesting mix of legal scholarship, moral philosophy, and policy analysis, and a host of policy documents. Along the way, the course will rely on case studies, recent controversies, and current events to ground the lectures and discussion, which students will investigate further in their individual and group assignments.