Sean Rintel

About Me

I am a sociologist of communication technology use and design
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are" -- Anaïs Nin

I explore how the affordances of technologies mediate the intricacies of language, social action, and culture. I work in the Human Experience and Design group at Microsoft Research, Cambridge UK.

I've written about technologized interaction in contexts such as video calling and video messaging in personal relationships, ambient audio technologies to support independent living, IRC openings and non-responses, social media in the workplace, crisis memes, and error mascots. I am currently interested in social device ecologies and engineering culture. I am on the Editorial Board of the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Communication.

I am also a passionate advocate for digital access, freedom, and privacy.

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