Letter from the Editor

This has truly been a banner year for gnovis. The Fall issue was the first in the publication’s history to be printed., a major milestone that represents the next phase for our journal. Professor Meg Jones moderated two spectacularly engaging student debates on issues related to the future of technology and privacy.

While gnovis hosts several events during the year, gnovicon is, by far, our biggest and best attended. This year was no exception as we were sincerely privileged to have welcomed Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission, Tom Wheeler, as the keynote speaker. Chairman Wheeler spoke at length about Internet access and privacy and the role that technology and technology policy will play in our futures.

In this edition of gnovis, you will read some of the nation’s best graduate work in communication, culture, and technology. Anne Pasek, from New York University, discusses the role of urban agriculture in shaping the future of “urban imaginary,” with Detroit as a case study. CCT student and gnovis staff member, Jilanne Doom introduces novel insights into how to develop a future-looking education that can better develop a population who understands and is comfortable with robots. CCT students Geoffrey Bible, Molly Crain, Cecilia Daizovi, Hafsah al Habsi, (alumna) and Baizhinan Zhao discuss the role that logos play in U.S. presidential elections. Georgetown Arab Studies graduate student, Timothy Loh discusses the role that technology plays in forced displacement and for refugees in these situations. CCT student Sam Redd introduces important considerations that define the distinction between robots and humans, critical for understanding how to best develop policies that govern emerging technologies. And Katy Snell, a doctoral candidate in Communication at the University of Miami, discusses the role that technology plays in the modern dating scene.

Throughout the often hectic schedule and the competing demands of graduate-school life, the staff of the journal remained committed to our mission of having gnovis serve as a forum for the best interdisciplinary, graduate-level scholarship in communication, culture, and technology. With that, I would like to take a moment to thank the graduating staff for their two years of service to the journal, as it is absolutely amazing what you all have accomplished.

Susan Noh worked tirelessly to set gnovis up with a new website that is visually engaging and easier to use. Tyler Goodridge has been a true inspiration for me, devoting herself not only to her studies and research, but also inspiring the volunteer bloggers to produce incredibly compelling posts for our website. John Hanacek continued to dazzle us all (read: the whole of CCT, not just the staff of gnovis) with his inspiring enthusiasm and unbridled excitement. Jilanne set an impossibly high bar for developing inspiring, engaging graphics and multimedia. Lois Goh oversaw an amazing increase in submissions to our journal, with students from other universities finding an interdisciplinary home for their discourse.

I would like to give a special nod to Isaac Riddle, the Editor-in-Chief for the class of 2016. I have learned an incredible amount from him and am, without question, a better manager and more thoughtful colleague because of him. His tenure at the helm of gnovis saw some of the biggest changes in the history of the journal, none of which could have been nearly as successful without his incredible thoughtfulness,  dedication, and grace. gnovis is, without question, better because of you.

I would be remiss were I not to mention the incredible faculty and staff of CCT,  without whom none of this would be possible. Many thanks for your continued support and encouragement.

Most of all, I would like to thank you, the reader of gnovis, for inspiring the staff and authors to engage critically at the edge of the radically interdisciplinary scholarship that is the hallmark of Georgetown’s Communication, Culture & Technology program.

-Ken Wake
Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Kenneth Williams

Ken is an award-winning, interdisciplinary designer and communications strategist with a focus on improving the experience of product, space, and service through the application of human-centered principles. He works with the world's largest healthcare companies to help them make better decisions about experience design, communications, and marketing, allowing them to highlight their unique value proposition to their customers in the context of an evolving business and policy environment. In CCT, Ken's research focuses on understanding the built/designed environment as symbolic (semiotic) expression with intended and interpreted meanings (semantic properties) emerging from the context (pragmatic properties) of use. He is particularly interested in the definition and use of "sacred" spaces" as object of cultural privilege. In his free time, he is also an award-winning artist/builder of interactive electronic musical/sound installations/experiences.