The POET (Public Outreach Engagement Tool) project is currently running a second round of interviews to map out how academics at the University of Nottingham are using social media in the context of public engagement, especially in regards to the Impact and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) agendas. We previously conducted one round of interviews with science researchers, and have held a workshop to think about what the output of this tool could look like. Our project is still at the stage where we are collecting information about how social media is used by academics as part of their working day – to what extent it is used, the feelings associated with using it, whether their motivations for using it are work related, and whether this tool would be useful for any current public engagement work.
In the shadow of the ongoing debate over other Investigative Powers Bill, a debate where much of the rhetoric has been predominantly framed in terms of anti-terrorism and national-security, the National Crime Agency is currently busy with its own internal ‘future scoping’ exercise to examine the UK law enforcement community’s efforts regarding interceptions of communications and associated data. At the heart of this exercise is the question of identifying the boundaries of acceptability of such communications interceptions that delimits ‘policing by consent’ in the fight against serious and organized crime in a democratic society.
On Monday 7 December we ran a half-day workshop as part of the POET (Public Outreach Engagement Tool) project. For this workshop we invited Twitter using academics, students and administrative staff (e.g. University communications unit; Library support) to join us for some brainstorming sessions around the features that a tool should have in order to help to optimise the effectiveness of public engagement through Twitter. The outcomes of this workshop will feed directly into the design of a Twitter tool that is currently being developed at Horizon Digital Economy Research.
As part of two Horizon Digital Economy Research projects (CaSMa & CREATe) we are developing a tool to help Twitter users measure and improve the impact of their social media activity.
This is a half-day workshop to get input from Twitter users regarding the features that you would look for in a tool to help you to optimise the effectiveness of your public engagement through Twitter. The outcomes of this workshop will feed directly into the design of a Twitter tool that is currently being developed at Horizon Digital Economy Research.
Date: Monday December 7th
Time: 9:15 to 12:00am
Place: room B2, Hemsley, Park Campus
- 9:15-9:30 Welcome
- 9:30-9:45 Summary of findings from an interview study we previously conducted regarding Twitter use by academics
- 9:45-10:15 Brainstorming of features for a Public Outreach Evaluation Tool
- 10:15-10:30 Presentation of brainstorming results
- 10:30-10:45 Break
- 10:45-11:00 Demonstration of the current stage of our Twitter analysis tool
- 11:00-11:30 Brainstorming of features for a Public Outreach Evaluation Tool
- 11:30-11:45 Presentation of brainstorming results
- 11:45-12:00 Information/invitation for future interviews and/or Twitter data analysis studies.
Please e-mail me at ansgar.koene_at_nottingham.ac.uk to sign up before November 30th, so that we can estimate the number of attendees.
This week we have a guest post by Penny Polson, who has been a Research Assistant on the POET tool for the past three months. Penny has been building on the qualitative analysis skills she attained in her dissertation project (regarding attitudes regarding fish pain) to investigate the experiences of academics who use social media. In this blog, she focuses on the important distinction made between ‘personal’ and ‘professional’ use of Twitter accounts, and how those terms become blurred once public engagement and specifically Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) are considered.
On April 9th the first two iRights Youth Juries were held at University of Nottingham. In collaboration with the civil society initiative, iRights, and Prof. Coleman’s lab from University of Leeds, CaSMa will be running 12 Youth Juries to allow children and young people to have a say about their rights on the internet. At the Youth Juries groups of 10 to 15 participants, aged 12-17, are asked to consider, debate and share ideas about the future of the internet.
What are the iRights Youth Juries?
The iRights Youth Juries are special events to allow children and young people to have a say about their rights on the internet. At the Youth Juries participants will be asked to consider, debate and share ideas about the future of the internet.
What are they aiming to achieve?
The results of the Youth Juries will feed into a major national report, which will be published by iRights in collaboration with The University of Leeds and The University of Nottingham (CaSMa). The report will provide evidence about young people’s views on the future of the internet and their rights online and will feed into future policy by government, industry and academic networks as a part of the wider iRights campaign to highlight the importance of young people’s rights on the internet.
Who can take part?
The Youth Juries are open to young people aged 12-17 years from a wide range of backgrounds and areas. Each Youth Jury will be attended by a group of 10-15 young people. Participants don’t need to have any experience or qualifications to take part.
What can I expect at the Youth Jury?
The Youth Jury will be highly interactive and will feature actors and scenarios as a way of sparking debate. It will be fun and engaging, and will allow the space for everyone to put their opinions across. Participants will be asked to complete a short survey at the beginning and end of each jury session’
CaSMa is please to invite regional SMEs to our first interactive workshop on Business and Data Ethics in the digitally connected world.
After an initial general discussion of Ethics and the importance of ethical business practices, the workshop will focus on questions relating to ethical practices when dealing with business and customer data. Special attention will be paid to considering the perspective of the customer, or business relation, when thinking about how to handle data relating to them.
14:00 Arrival and registration
14:05 Session 1: Business Ethics
Facilitated by Dr Elvira Perez Vallejos and Ramona Statache
- Ice breaker… what do we already know?
- Ethics, Morals and Ethical codes in SMEs
- Benefit of Business Ethics
14:45 Coffee break
15:00 Session 2: Data Ethics
Facilitated by Dr Ansgar Koene
- Business Ethics vs Data Ethics
- Four Areas of Tension Regarding Data
- Best Practice Guide: What to consider when faced with data
15:45 Summing up and evaluation
This workshop is part of the Ingenuity Workshops series that is run by the University of Nottingham Business Engagement and Innovation Services
In this week’s CaSMa blog entry I’d like to share with you my experience of a recent student workshop session that focused on perspectives and theories of privacy, designed, delivered and kindly approved for discussion in this post by Dr Dario Landa-Silva, Associate Professor in the University of Nottingham’s School of Computer Science.