Digital Society Network events

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Image of fake news illustrationDigital Methods (hands-on digital methods workshop)

Dr Jonathan Gray, Kings College London

Monday 11 June 2018, 10.30am - 3pm
Computer Room 2, The Diamond, The University of Sheffield

This workshop will develop participants' skills in using digital methods - that is, in mining and analysing online data.

The workshop will focus on the circulation of fake news online, as a case study through which to develop digital methods skills. It will draw on the recent Field Guide to Fake News, a project for the Public Data Lab. The project looked at using digital methods to study false viral news, political memes, trolling practices and their social life online. For more information and to download the Field Guide to Fake News, see here.

Interested in attending? Email digitalsociety@sheffield.ac.uk to register.

Image of Jonathan GrayData Infrastructures as Matters of Concern: Death, Taxes and Gases

Dr Jonathan Gray, Kings College London

Monday 11 June 2018, 4pm - 5pm
Diamond workroom 1 (G04), The University of Sheffield

How are digital technologies redistributing practices of making data public and making public data? How are different actors challenging, contesting and creating alternatives to official data infrastructures and regimes of datafication? How do issue activists, civic hackers and others mobilise in order to change how issues are accounted for through data? This paper looks at what can be learned from several cases where transnational data infrastructures become "matters of concern", leading to interventions and alternatives. Whilst the UN talks of "data gaps", this framing over-emphasises the representational capacities of information systems, and does not do justice to the many different ways in which data can be created in relation to different issues. In order to account for the performative capacities of data infrastructures in rendering and shaping collective life, the paper examines what can be learned from ongoing mobilisations around public data - including around deaths (e.g. police killings and deaths in migration); taxes (e.g. the economic activities and tax contributions of multinationals); and gases (e.g. carbon emissions and air pollution). It looks at the methods, devices, technologies and practices through which alternative data worlds are created, maintained and seek public recognition and legitimation. It considers how controversies around data infrastructures may inform more ambitious forms of public involvement, intervention and imagination around processes of datafication, as well as suggesting possible unintended consequences of rendering life as data.

Jonathan Gray is lecturer in critical infrastructure studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London where he is currently writing a book on ‘data worlds’ and the politics of public information. He is also Co-Founder of the Public Data Lab and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam) and the médialab (Sciences Po, Paris). More about his work can be found at jonathangray.org and he tweets at @jwyg.

Image of InstEAD logoDigital Hyperconnectivity: Exploring Social and Economic Effects

Tuesday 19 June 2018

A one-day workshop with keynotes by Professor Helen Margetts from the Oxford Internet Institute and others, organised by the Institute for Economic Analysis of Decision-making (InstEAD), Department of Economics.

Details to be confirmed.

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