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#DASTS16 Interpellating Future(s), the biennale Danish conference on STS

“It could have been different” is the quintessential anti-determinist and anti-essentialist mantra of STS. This mantra is a simultaneous reflection on being and becoming, a concern with the past, present and the future. It is a mantra that implicates a care of the possible.

The concern with future(s) is unprecedented and ranges across all scales. Climate change; financial technologies – ‘futures’ – allowing investment on presumptions; and gene tests for diagnosing (the probability) of ailments to appear later in life, are but a few evident examples. Predicting, forecasting, foresighting future(s) is an inextricable part of the present and the role of science and technology in the production as well as the anticipation of the future(s), is paramount. Arguably for the first time in centuries the future looks gloomy, rather than bright.

A concern with future(s) is central to the field of STS. When future(s) are made – not given – as suggested above, how they are made becomes a central and painstaking concern. What constitutes the practices and sociotechnical arrangements of future making? What future(s) follows from our current arrangements, infrastructures and ways of engaging? What diagnosis of the present – what nature(s) – does specific future making practices rest upon? And when future(s) are not entirely up to us and escapes us continuously, how are we disposed? The DASTS 2016 conference committee invites the Danish STS research milieu to engage with the practices of future(s) and future making.

The conference committee invites participants, paper abstracts and track proposals concerned with, but not limited to, future(s). The spirit of the conference is as always inclusive and exploratory. The conference welcomes contributions from scholars at all academic levels that consider themselves affiliated with STS to share and discuss their work. DASTS 2016 is a biennial conference of the Danish Association for Science, Technology and Society Studies.

Thursday the 2nd

9:00-10:00 Registration
10:00-11:00 Keynote by Isabelle Stengers
11:00-12:30 Parallel sessions
Publics, politics and participation – Part I – Room 091
Introducing STS and social work – Part I – Room 184
Technologies of the self – Part I – Room 192
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 DASTS General Assembly
14:30-14:45 Tea & Coffee
14:45-16:15 Parallel sessions
Fabricating STS – Room 091
Introducing STS and social work – Part II – Room 184
Technologies of the self – Part II – Room 192
17:00-19:00 Future Lecture by Bruno Latour (registration closed but livestreamed here)
19:30-? Conference dinner at FrüdNo16.

Friday the 3rd

9:30-10:30 Keynote by Nikolas Rose
10:30-12:00 Parallel sessions
Publics, politics and participation – Part II – Room 091
Dreams for the Future – Part I – Room 184
Exploring data driven governance assemblages – Part I – Room 192
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Parallel sessions
Research practices and knowledge creation – Room 091
Dreams for the Future – Part II – Room 184
Exploring data driven governance assemblages – Part II – Room 192
15:00-15:30 Tea & Coffee
15:30-16:59 Parallel sessions
Anticipation, Scenario Planning & STS – Room 091
Dreams for the Future – Part III – Room 184
Future Making – Room 192

Ethics of Using Hacked Data & Guidelines for Networked Systems Ethics

Two items about research ethics today to balance out the many policy issues that we’ve been featuring on this blog recently.

The first items is an interesting case study by Nathaniel Poor and Roei Davidson about the ethics of using hacked data that feature on the Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society blog.

The second items, is a recently published set of guidelines for Networked Systems Ethics that was published online by Ben Zevenbergen with input from host of people who participated at various ethics workshops organized by Ben.

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Academy of Social Sciences conference on Ethics and Social Media Research

A one-day conference dedicated to the topic of Ethics and Social Media Research, by the Academy of Social Science. #SoMeEthics.

10:00 Registration and coffee – 7th floor
10:30 Keynote 1 – 3rd floor, seminar room 12
“The Ethical Disruptions of Social Media Research: tales from the field.” Professor Susan Halford, Director Web Science Institute, University of Southampton
11:30 Parallel Session 1 – 3rd floor
A: Ethical Practicalities (I) – seminar room 11
B: Blurred Lines – seminar room 12
C: Social Media Research Ethics: Sharing Best Practice – seminar room 13
1300 Lunch – 7th Floor
1400 Parallel Session 2 – 3rd floor
D: Critical Ethical Reflections – seminar room 11
E: Ethical Practicalities (II) – seminar room 12
F: Panel Session – seminar room 13
1530 Coffee
1600 Keynote 2 – 3rd floor, seminar room 12
“Where next for #SocialEthics?” Steven Ginnis and Harry Evans, Social Research Institute, Ipsos MORI
1700 Closing remarks
Followed by a Wine Reception, kindly sponsored by Sage Publishing – 7th floor

Readie Research Summit – What drives Europe’s digital economy

Policy and business leaders are urgently trying to understand how digital technologies are changing Europe’s economy. How can digitalisation be turned into an opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs? What cutting-edge research currently exists? And critically, how can researchers, businesses and policy-makers collaborate to set Europe’s Digital Economy on the right course?

Nesta’s European Research Alliance for Digital Economy “Readie” organized this Research Summit as an event to network and hear from the most influential experts on the subject including:

Robin Chase, Founder of Zipcar and Veniam
Dane Stangler, Vice President of Research and Policy, Kauffman Foundation
Enrico Giovannini, member of the Club of Rome
Nicklas Lundblad, Head of EMEA Public Policy and Government Relations at Google
Claire Tansley, EPSRC Senior Portfolio Manager at RCUK
Irene Lopez de Vallejo, Director R&D at the Digital Catapult
Diane Coyle, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester
Ivo Spigel, Co-Founder and Contributing Editor, Tech.eu
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute

Delegates will have the unique opportunity to:
• Hear from leading thinkers about the key trends affecting Europe’s Digital Economy
• Explore new datasets and big data methods to analyse the Digital Economy in real-time
• Join the experts on each panel to contribute your insights, experiences and top questions
• Hear from funders about upcoming research priorities
• Network with businesses to explore partnerships that generate actionable evidence
• Meet researchers from across Europe to forge new collaborations
• Translate their work into impact at Readie’s ‘policy hack’

This Research Summit brings together leading researchers, policy professionals and businesses with an interest in cutting-edge evidence, big data methods, entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. It is organised by Readie, Europe’s Research Alliance for a Digital Economy. Our partners include Nesta, Google, rkw, Nemode and Greenwich University.

A Storify summary of the event has been published.

Launch of #AnalyzeMyData Twitter campaign

AnalyzeMyDataIn celebration of Data Protection Day (also known as Data Privacy Day), please join us for the launch of our #AnalyzeMyData campaign on Twitter. Through this campaign we hope to increase public awareness of the ways in which data is used/misused and establish an evidence base of public opinion on these issues that can be used to support future policy discussions around improved guidelines and regulations for data access consent.

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Digital Wildfires: respond now at the Digital Catapult!

The Digital Wildfires project (University of Oxford) and the CaSMa project (University of Nottingham) are organizing a one-day workshop to discuss the impact of (provocative) social media content, the (responsible) use of social media data and the balance between concerns over the harms cause by social media posts with the rights to freedom of speech.

Our showcase workshop brings together researchers and key stakeholders from government, law enforcement, commerce, education and civil society to foster debate on these important questions. The workshop will include:
• speaker presentations
• a discussion roundtable
• a youth panel
• a keynote address by Baroness Beeban Kidron, founder of the iRights campaign for children and young people
• viewing of artwork produced on the theme of Digital Wildfires
• opportunities for networking and debate
• lunch and refreshments provided.


Preliminary Programme

Digital Wildfire: respond now at the Digital Catapult!

  • 10.15 – 10.40
    Arrival and coffee
  • 10.40 – 10.50
    Welcome – Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
  • 10.50 – 11.10
    – Introduction to Digital Wildfire project – Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
    – Introduction to CaSMa project – Ansgar Koene, University of Nottingham
  • 11.10 – 12.15
    Keynote address: Baroness Beeban Kidron – iRights
    Introduced by Elvira Perez Vallejos, University of Nottingham
  • 12.15 – 13.15
  • 13.15 -15.45
    Panel presentations: Order of presentations tbc.
    – Dhiraj Murthy, Goldsmiths College
    – Anna Jönsson, Kick it Out
    – Iain Bourne, Information Commissioner’s Office
    – Rob Procter, University of Warwick
    – Marion Oswald, University of Winchester
    – Carl Miller, Demos
    – Tom Sorell, University of Warwick
    Panels chaired by William Housley, Cardiff University and Bernd Stahl, De Montfort University
  • 15.45-16.15
    Coffee break
  • 16.15 – 17.15
    Discussion roundtable: The responsible governance of social media
    – Paul Giannasi, Ministry of Justice
    – Adam Edwards, Cardiff University
    – Penny Duquenoy, University of Middlesex
    – Gabrielle Guillemin, Article 19
    Roundtable chaired by Tom Rodden, University of Nottingham
  • 17.15-18.00
    Youth panel: Panel chaired by Elvira Perez Vallejos, University of Nottingham
  • 18.00 – 18.10
    Closing remarks – Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
  • 18.10 – 19.00
    Drinks and viewing session for youth panel entries and Digital Wildfire project artwork

The event is free to attend, but places are limited and it is necessary to register. If you would like to attend, please contact helena.webb@cs.ox.ac.uk

Twitter POET (Public Outreach Evaluation Tool) workshop

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.

iRight Youth Juries: Promoting Digital Rights

child judgecorp_civilcourt Three-quarters of British adults are concerned over unauthorised access to their private information online. Parents in particular are becoming highly concerned about the challenges, risks and consequences that social media usage, cyberbullying, data privacy and online behaviour may have on users, especially children and young people. Much debate is now contemplating the possibility of re-balancing the power between citizens, government and corporations to ensure that civic and human rights in the physical word also apply in the digital one. To explore these issues and promote digital literacy among the general population, the CaSMa research team presents an innovative format to bring people together and facilitate reflection on digital rights. During the event, the audience will watch a short movie and be invited to become part of a ‘jury’ that will discuss: – What are digital rights? – What should potential and possible digital rights be? – Ways in which digital rights (or their absence) can affect us. – Ways of further engaging with the general population in thinking about and acting upon digital rights. This ‘jury’ approach is similar to a focus group, but one in which participants have an explicit objective of arriving at specific recommendations, thereby promoting a sense of responsibility amongst the group, and enhancing discussion. Once the participants have had an opportunity to engage with the issues of digital rights, and experience the ‘jury’ based method, they will be presented with research outcomes from a project which used this method with children and young people, called iRights Youth Juries. There will then be ample opportunity to discuss the findings with our research team. The jury brings an engaging element to the ESRC Festival and an effective tool to facilitate discussion, reflection and learning on digital rights. By becoming part of a jury, participants will experience first-hand this research method and further understand connections between drama education and digital education. We will promote the event to the general public through our proposed venue, Galleries of Justice, through local media and city council events listings, the CaSMa project website: https://casma.wp.horizon.ac.uk/, and our network of stakeholder partners including iRights.

To register for the event, go to: http://irightsyouthjuries.eventbrite.co.uk

It’s not personal, it’s strictly business: The use of Twitter in academia

Twitter_-_What_are_you_doing-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.

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ACM Web Science 2015

The 2015 ACM Web Science conference WebSci’15 is being held at the Oxford e-Research Centre and Keble College, Oxford, with an excellent programme of over 60 papers and posters, alongside seven exciting Web Science workshops, plus keynotes, panels and Late Breaking Research. The conference runs from Sunday 28 June to Wednesday 1 July, and is the seventh in the conference series organised by the Web Science Trust.

Web Science is the emergent study of the people and technologies, applications, processes and practices that shape and are shaped by the World Wide Web. Web Science aims to draw together theories, methods and findings from across academic disciplines, and to collaborate with industry, business, government and civil society, to develop our knowledge and understanding of the Web: the largest socio-technical infrastructure in human history. This year’s paper sessions are themed around Politics & Culture, Data Challenges, Online Social Behaviour, Innovating Methods, Ethics, Digital Narratives, and Social Safety and Wellbeing.

CaSMa participated in this conference with two ‘Late Breaking Research’ presentations:

  • A tailored web, filtered to your personal profile’, by Ansgar Koene, related to a project we are developing with regards to Ethical, Privacy and Agency implications of personalized information filtering systems.
  • ‘Acting Out Digital Dilemmas to Promote Digital Reflections’, by Elvira Perez Vallejos, related to the iRights project.