J. Nathan Matias     MIT Media Lab

I am a computational social scientist who works with millions of people in citizen behavioral science toward a fairer, safer, more understanding internet. I advance this work through CivilServant and as a postdoc at Princeton University departments of Psychology, Sociology, and Center for Information Technology Policy.

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Timelines for Citizen Case Management: Making bureaucracy fair and understandable

29 Jul 2008 - 1 Apr 2010

J. Nathan Matias

Document timelines with spatial hypertext

Having heard an excellent talk in early 2008 by the team at EGov+ in Denmark, I have developed an ongoing interest in the use of document-rich collaborative timelines to help citizens and bureaucracies coordinate paperwork-intences processes.

I gave a talk about "timelines for casework collaboration" in 2008 at BarCamp Transparency in Oxford.

Since then, I have prototyped this approach with my own immigration application in the UK. Toward a more complete test, I have negotiated a memorandum of understanding with a German university to do a trial in the EU, and we're currently looking for a local government and grant funding to take this project forward.

Update, Dec 2012. Having moved to Boston to join the Center for Civic Media, I no longer had time to pursue this project. In retrospect, I would probably try to re-imagine this project with more accessible technology.