Digital Publics: Hidden and Untraceable Data

When: Monday 3 December, 2018 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: Philosophy Room S249, Philosophy Room S249, University of Sydney Camperdown, NSW 2006

Part of this year’s Digital Humanities Downunder Summer Institute, co-hosted with Western Sydney University, The Department of Media and Communications, The University of Sydney.

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Human-machine communication is increasingly embedded in our everyday lives through the rise of social media, the Internet of Things (IoT), linked data, and so-called smart technologies such as connected homes, smart cars, and digital assistants. As our use of these technologies continues to grow and integrate with our personal lives, the early promise of machines increasing user communication and participation, seems to have faded towards a world where humans primarily only communicate with machines and must participate or risk being excluded. These integrated and connected processes of human-machine communication are increasingly less visible overtime as they become embedded in platforms, sensors and autonomous systems, while the obvious concern for citizens is an increase of user tracking and surveillance. What is of greater concern, and often underexplored, is our ability to, as James W. Carey (2005) notes, disentangle the consequences of entangled connected devices from the wider world of power and ambition. Understanding this critical ambition should be the role of citizens, who inform and are guided by leading public figures in these arenas.

This is precisely the role researchers from the Humanities, Social Sciences and Human-Computer Interaction disciplines should be engaging in. However, in a post-Cambridge Analytica world, gaining access to these sorts of environments for research and critical examination is increasingly difficult. This is a critical moment for expertise from a number of areas to collaboratively design and employ new approaches towards digital research methods, that can inform and work with publics, advise policy makers, and guide appropriate best practice for users of human-machine communication environments.

To explore this area, we have a panel of leading experts discussing the current and emerging themes of human-machine communication, who will apply their critical lens to this increasingly important area for citizens.

Professor Jean Burgess, Director of the Digital Media Research Centre
Professor Michele Willson, Dean of Research for Faculty of Humanities and Professor, Internet Studies, Curtin University
Dr Aim Sinpeng, Lecturer University of Sydney

Dr Jonathon Hutchinson, Lecturer University of Sydney, and Dr Justine Humphry, Lecturer University of Sydney, will be the discussants for the evening.

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Media@Sydney Seminar Series, Semester 2

We are very pleased to announce our Semester 2 schedule for the  2018 Media@Sydney series in 2018. Events will be held in the John Woolley Building (A20) at the University of Sydney and will be followed by informal drinks.

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Friday 3 August: Reporting Elections: Rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage – Dr. Stephen Cushion (Cardiff University)

3.00pm – 4.30pm, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

Friday 17 August: The Moral Economy of Mobile Phones Symposium and Book Launch – Prof. Heather Horst (University of Sydney), Prof. Robert Foster (University of Rochester), Lucas Watt (RMIT University), Wendy Bai Magea (University of Goroka), Romitesh Kant (LaTrobe University/University of the South Pacific), and Dr. lucas gaspard (RMIT University)

3.00pm – 5.30pm*, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

Friday 24 August: Gatewatching and News Curation: Journalism and Social Media – Axel Bruns (University of Queensland)

3.00pm – 4.30pm, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

Tuesday 28 August: Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions that Shape Social Media – Tarleton Gillespie (Microsoft Research)

4.00pm – 6.00pm* John Woolley Common Room, N480, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

Friday 31 August: No Seminar – 4S Conference in Sydney

Friday 14 September: Life in Antarctica: mediations, speculations, ethnographies – Juan Francisco Salazar (Western Sydney University)

3.00pm – 4.30pm, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

Friday 21 September: This changes everything! What “the digital” means for the purposes and practices of education – Julian Sefton-Green (Deakin University)

3.00pm – 4.30pm, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

Friday 5 October: Digital Housekeeping: Living with Data – Heather Horst (University of Sydney) and Jolynna Sinanan (University of Sydney) and 

Oversharing, Normative Intimacy, and Gender in ‘Digital Intimate Publics – Amy Dobson (Curtin University)

as part of the Gender and Cultural Studies Seminar Series*, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, The Refectory, Main Quadrangle, University of Sydney 

Friday 12 October: Political Participation on Social, Civic and Computer Networks Francesco Bailo (University of Sydney)

3.00pm – 4.30pm, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building

Monday 5 November: Climate Change and the Media: Discussion and Book Launch – Benedetta Brevini (University of Sydney) and Justin Lewis (Cardiff University

In partnership with the Sydney Environment Institute*

Discussion: 5.00pm – 6.30pm, Law School Foyer, New Law School, followed by Book Launch: 6.30pm – 8.00pm, Law Lounge, Level 1, New Law School

Friday 5 November:  Design Ethics and the  Age of Conversational Systems – Panel Discussion with Rafael Calvo (University of Sydney), Jean-Claude Martin (Université Paris Sud, France ), Virginia Dignum (Umeå University, Sweden) and Nick Enfield (University of Sydney), Moderated by Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney)

3.30pm – 5.00pm, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building*

*Special time or location