Technology & Society

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By Aleks Krotoski 03/14/2012 - 10:20am Comments
In her new book, Consent of the Networked, Rebecca Mackinnon offers a reality check: "We have a problem,” she writes. “We understand how power works in the physical world, but we do not yet have a clear understanding of how power works in the...
Reflexivity: Why We Must Shape, and Not Be Shaped By, Technology Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 10/15/2012 - 9:55am Comments
How should we understand the part played by code in digital media and learning? We are accustomed to arguments that digital media are affecting our existing practices of reading, looking, seeing and hearing, yet relatively little is said of how...
Coded Curriculum: The New Architectures of Learning Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 01/20/2014 - 10:20am Comments
Computer code, software and algorithms have sunk deep into the “technological unconscious” of our contemporary “lifeworld.” How might this affect academic research in the social sciences and the formation of the professional identities of...
The End of Theory in Digital Social Research? Blog Image
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By Lyndsay Grant 10/25/2013 - 10:20am Comments
The seduction of ‘Big Data’ lies in its promise of greater knowledge. The large amounts of data created as a by-product of our digital interactions, and the increased computing capacity to analyse it offer the possibility of knowing more about...
Understanding Education through Big Data Blog Image
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By Nishant Shah 06/24/2013 - 4:35pm Comments
Openness has become the buzzword for everything in India right now. From the new kids on the block riding the wave of Digital Humanities investing in infrastructure of open knowledge initiatives to the rhetoric of people-centered open...
Big Data, People's Lives, and the Importance of Openness Blog Image
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By Lyndsay Grant 10/25/2013 - 10:20am Comments
The seduction of ‘Big Data’ lies in its promise of greater knowledge. The large amounts of data created as a by-product of our digital interactions, and the increased computing capacity to analyse it offer the possibility of knowing more about...
Understanding Education through Big Data Blog Image
Ben Williamson  Profile Picture
By Ben Williamson 01/20/2014 - 10:20am Comments
Computer code, software and algorithms have sunk deep into the “technological unconscious” of our contemporary “lifeworld.” How might this affect academic research in the social sciences and the formation of the professional identities of...
The End of Theory in Digital Social Research? Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 03/25/2013 - 11:25am Comments
Zeynep Tufekci, a sociologist who uses, as well as studies, social media, offers a refreshingly rigorous and empirically-scaffolded perspective amid the frenzy of armchair social science regarding the impact of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube,...
Zeynep Tufekci: Technosociologist Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 09/13/2013 - 8:40am Comments
The horrific Delhi gang rape case in which a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was murdered as a result of a grotesque sexual assault brought tens of thousands of protesters into the streets of the city to express outrage about the prevalence...
Using Social Media for Women’s Rights: Breakthrough Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 12/05/2013 - 12:40pm Comments
“But I just want to remind everybody, we did not wage this long and contentious battle just around a website.” – Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act,” Oct. 21, 2013 The disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov gives an...
Learning from Healthcare.gov Blog Image
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By Ethan Zuckerman 12/10/2013 - 10:05am Comments
The Oxford Internet Institute was kind enough to invite me to give the inaugural lecture in their Bellwether Series. The OII’s director, Professor Helen Margetts, introduced the series explaining that she hoped talks would anticipate what is to...
New Media, New Civics?
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By Ben Williamson 11/14/2013 - 5:05pm Comments
The idea that young people should learn to code has become a global educational aspiration in the last few years. What kinds of questions should digital media and learning researchers ask about these developments? I want to suggest three...
Programming Power? Does Learning to Code Empower Kids? Blog Image
Aleks Krotoski Profile Picture
By Aleks Krotoski 03/14/2012 - 10:20am Comments
In her new book, Consent of the Networked, Rebecca Mackinnon offers a reality check: "We have a problem,” she writes. “We understand how power works in the physical world, but we do not yet have a clear understanding of how power works in the...
Reflexivity: Why We Must Shape, and Not Be Shaped By, Technology Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 06/17/2013 - 9:15am Comments
I work for Mozilla. We were one of 86 civil liberties groups that signed an open letter demanding swift access from Congress in the light of recent revelations around NSA surveillance. The website StopWatching.Us has seen a...
Privacy, the NSA and Web Literacies Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 09/13/2013 - 8:40am Comments
The horrific Delhi gang rape case in which a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was murdered as a result of a grotesque sexual assault brought tens of thousands of protesters into the streets of the city to express outrage about the prevalence...
Using Social Media for Women’s Rights: Breakthrough Blog Image
Ethan Zuckerman Profile Picture
By Ethan Zuckerman 12/10/2013 - 10:05am Comments
The Oxford Internet Institute was kind enough to invite me to give the inaugural lecture in their Bellwether Series. The OII’s director, Professor Helen Margetts, introduced the series explaining that she hoped talks would anticipate what is to...
New Media, New Civics?
Liz Losh  Profile Picture
By Liz Losh 09/13/2013 - 8:40am Comments
The horrific Delhi gang rape case in which a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was murdered as a result of a grotesque sexual assault brought tens of thousands of protesters into the streets of the city to express outrage about the prevalence...
Using Social Media for Women’s Rights: Breakthrough Blog Image
Ethan Zuckerman Profile Picture
By Ethan Zuckerman 12/10/2013 - 10:05am Comments
The Oxford Internet Institute was kind enough to invite me to give the inaugural lecture in their Bellwether Series. The OII’s director, Professor Helen Margetts, introduced the series explaining that she hoped talks would anticipate what is to...
New Media, New Civics?
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By Raquel Recuero 08/23/2012 - 2:45pm Comments
All the world's attention was recently focused on the Olympic Games in London. The competition was widely broadcasted by traditional and online media, with an astronomic audience, reaching many countries. Social media became a place for...
Social Media Discourse: Violence, Olympiads and Our Everyday Life Blog Image
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By John Jones 07/12/2012 - 11:10am Comments
In his essay, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?," Nicholas Carr relates an exchange between Nietzsche and one of his friends, in which the friend remarked that the philosopher's writing style had changed after he began to use a typewriter. As Carr...
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