That is a very good question. After my first 590 class, I have had a week to ponder that question. I do not know if this makes any sense, but I seem to understand what Social Informatics is due more to the discussion of the topics we will cover than our initial readings. Of course Dr. Potnis’ PowerPoint really helped my understanding. I understand that Social Informatics is the study of Information and Communication Technologies, and how those technologies affect society.
Because we are an ever growing technology-dependent society, I am glad to know that we will also be discussing, the adverse effects of this dependence along with the positive, and how there are ethics involved. I am interested to see if we will discuss any privacy issues concerning the role technology plays in our personal lives as well as society as a whole, and whether the availability of information and communication technologies can, has, or will have any detrimental affects on our lives.