About Sally Applin
Sally A. Applin is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC) with a focus on mediated and PolySocial Reality (PoSR). Her current work researches and models the impact of technology on culture, and the consequent inverse: specifically the reifications of Network Space in Personal Space. Sally is concerned with successful human communication and with location-aware systems and how they impact both human privacy and security. In her most recent work, Sally (with Dr. Michael Fischer) is attempting to develop social based solutions that can be algorithmically generated in the form of smarter code agents, to increase connections and create smarter message transfers in environments where multiplexed messaging is a dominant paradigm, while adhering to standards that preserve both computer security and individual, corporate and government privacy rights and concerns. Sally holds a Masters degree from the graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU (ITP) and a BA in Conceptual Design from SFSU. Sally has had a 20+ year career in the science museum design, computer software, telecommunications, and product design/definition industries working as a Senior UX Designer, Senior Consultant, Sr. Researcher and Ethnographer.
At Kent, Sally is advised by Dr. Michael D. Fischer, Professor of Anthropological Sciences, Director of CSAC, and Director of Innovation. Dr. Fischer is the founder of AnthroPunk, a movement that examines how people promote, manage, resist and endure change; hack their lives (and those of others); and create the context of the individuation of their experiences. Sally is a founding member of AnthroPunk and is currently researching the impact of technology on culture, and the consequent inverse: specifically the reifications of Network Space in Personal Space. She is also a member of IoT Council, a think tank for the Internet of Things.
Paper: Dec. 2012: Visualizing PolySocial Reality
Interview: October 2011: Council Interview: Sally Applin on PolySocial Reality and the Internet of Things (IoT)