Cassidy Sugimoto, Hamid Ekbia and Michael Mattioli have published an edited volume titled “Big Data Is Not a Monolith”. The book (published by MIT Press) focuses on the myriad ways Big Data is affecting our lives. The book overview reads:
Big data is ubiquitous but heterogeneous. Big data can be used to tally clicks and traffic on web pages, find patterns in stock trades, track consumer preferences, identify linguistic correlations in large corpuses of texts. This book examines big data not as an undifferentiated whole but contextually, investigating the varied challenges posed by big data for health, science, law, commerce, and politics. Taken together, the chapters reveal a complex set of problems, practices, and policies. The advent of big data methodologies has challenged the theory-driven approach to scientific knowledge in favor of a data-driven one. Social media platforms and self-tracking tools change the way we see ourselves and others. The collection of data by corporations and government threatens privacy while promoting transparency. Meanwhile, politicians, policy makers, and ethicists are ill-prepared to deal with big data’s ramifications. The contributors look at big data’s effect on individuals as it exerts social control through monitoring, mining, and manipulation; big data and society, examining both its empowering and its constraining effects; big data and science, considering issues of data governance, provenance, reuse, and trust; and big data and organizations, discussing data responsibility, “data harm,” and decision making.
The book is available through MIT Press (link).
Hamid Ekbia gave a series of talks in Germany, Austria and Denmark with themes ranging from heteromated labor, the political economy of AI and computing and drone warfare. Here is a list of the talks:
- Refracting Interfaces: Autonomy, Opacity, and Accountability. Invited Workshop: Screen Operations. Humboldt University (July 13-14, 2016).
- To Automate or to Heteromate? A Revised History of Computing. Invited Talk. Computer Science Colloquium, Die Fakultät für Informatik, University of Vienna. http://informatik.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/fak_informatik/NEWS/2016/documents/20160629_ekbia.pdf (June 29, 2016).
- The Political Economy of Drone Warfare. Invited Talk. Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna (June 23, 2016)
- Our Romantic Past and Robotic Future. Invited Talk. Kunstuniversität Linz (June 10, 2016) http://www.ufg.ac.at/Newsdetail.1899+M59f9bf8ab37.0.html.
- “Capital, Work, Computing.” Invited Workshop. School of Media and Information, University of Siegen, Germany (June 6, 2016)
- Command and Idea: Natural and Artificial. Keynote Talk. Zentralen Laborraum des Exzellenzcluster Bild Wissen Gestaltung, Humboldt University, Berlin, http://www.kreativplattform.at/ (April 28, 2016)
- Computing and Capitalism: Dynamics of Systemic Change. Keynote Talk. Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science. European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna. http://www.bcsss.org/dissemination/lectures/vienna-2016-hamid-ekbia-computing-and-capitalism-dynamics-of-systemic-change/ (April 1, 2016).
- Schöne Neue-Drohnenwelt. Interview with Der Standard. March 28, 2016.
- Drones: Technologies of (Dis)Order. Invited Talk. IFK: Internationales Forschungszentrum, Kulturwissenschaften, (March 14, 2016)
- Heteromation and Other Stories of Computing and Capitalism. Invited Talk. Renowned Scholars Seminar. Department of IT Management. Copenhagen School of Business, (March 11, 2016). http://www.cbs.dk/node/254083
- Heteromation: A Précis. Invited Talk. School of Media and Information. University of Siegen, Germany, (February 24, 2016)
CROMI founding member Dr. Hamid Ekbia was recently promoted to the rank of full professor. Hamid is a faculty in the School of Informatics and Computing with joint appointments in Cognitive Science and International Studies. Congratulations Dr. Ekbia!
CROMI has a paper in the Human-Computer Interaction (CHI 2016 ) conference that will take place from May 7-9, 2016 in San Jose, California. The paper is titled: Citizens for Science and Science for Citizens: The View from Participatory Design. Here is the abstract:
The rise of citizen science (CS) as a form of public participation in scientific research has engaged many disciplines and communities. This paper makes a case for a unique contribution of the CHI community to the engagement with CS by contrasting two different approaches – one that puts citizens in the service of science, and one that engages them in the production of scientific knowledge. We use insights from our empirical study of CS projects to both support this distinction and highlight the limitations of existing citizen participation in most CS projects. Using Participatory Design as a lens, we explore the implications of limited participation in CS.
IU Bloomington is hosting a conference titled ‘Reconfiguring Global Space: The Geography, Politics, And Ethics Of Drone War’ from July 13-17. The event which is sponsered by IU School of Global and International Studies and organized by IU faculty Hamid Ekbia and Majed Akhtar is organized into 4 session: ‘War and Policing’, ‘Technology’, ‘Culture and Affect’ and ‘Law, Policy and Ethics’. The conference program is available here.