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research themes & interests

  1. Radical personal transparency & producing an interactive AI avatar
  2. Applying Quantified Self for gamified, systematic personal optimization
  3. Psychological diseases of civilization & applications of mental health technology
  4. Computer-mediated communication & text encoding standards, notably the evolution of online pictographic languages


  • “The Value of a Personal Information Share”
  • “Proposing A Virtual Self” — for Special Topics in Information Technology and Identity: The Future of Storytelling
  • “Life log as personal narrative”
  • “The Legal Implications of a Personal Information Store”
  • “Is lifelogging a crime?” — for Special Topics in Law: Surveillance, Sousveillance, Coveillance, and Dataveillance

tech writings

experiments / projects

  • Perpetua(l) — exhibit showcasing early mobile photography
  • Not A Victim — collaborative healing writing project
  • StephTheGeek.com: Early webcams & personal transparency
    • Pioneered uses of tech, including remote PTZ hardware, early ‘web 2.0’-style personal data mashups, and a cell phone-based webcam one writer later described as “inventing TwitPic in 2004”
  • StephTheGeek.TV era (2006-2010)
    • 6+ webcams broadcast life 24/7 with myself & family at home
    • Published live timeline of personal web browsing activity
  • MeLo: The Meaningful Location project (Master’s thesis)
  • Unicode Consortium (emoij standards body) — member

See my LinkedIn for more details

Stephanie Pakrul

aka stephthegeek since 2000