Upcoming contribution to ‘Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data’

I'm happy to see that the Compromised Data colloquium that Tim and I presented at in late 2013 has lead to the publication of Compromised Data: from social media to big data: There has been a data rush in the past decade brought about by online communication and, in particular, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, … Continue reading Upcoming contribution to ‘Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data’

Compromised Data? The social life of data, new tools, audience engagement, and social movements

The second day of the Compromised Data colloquium was fascinating, and I'm looking forward to chasing down further work from many of the presenters. The opening session started with Lisa Blackman discussing experiments with repurposing commercial software tools to explore contagion in complex environments, drawing on controversies around psychic research of the nineteenth century (including … Continue reading Compromised Data? The social life of data, new tools, audience engagement, and social movements

‘Compromised Data?’ Social media research: methodological challenges, unexamined niches, and the politics of big data

Today's presentations on big data research at Compromised Data? raised some important questions about the role that big data is playing in academic research and government policy, as well as about the methodological challenges faced by big data researchers. Greg Elmer's opening remarks positioned the 'compromised data?' theme in the broader context of neoliberal policies … Continue reading ‘Compromised Data?’ Social media research: methodological challenges, unexamined niches, and the politics of big data

Upcoming presentation: social movements and big data research

In October Tim and I will be presenting on the methodological underpinnings of our Mapping Movements project at the Compromised Data? colloquium at Ryerson University. Our paper examines some of the problems with big data research on social movements: Social movement research and big data: critiques and alternatives This paper examines the growing use of … Continue reading Upcoming presentation: social movements and big data research

‘Big data’ and gender

There's been a significant push in Internet Studies over the last few years towards 'big data' studies, which aggregate huge volumes of information (such as tweets or website linking patterns) and subject them to analysis, often quantitative analysis. Much of this research provides valuable insights into how people are using the Internet and its impacts … Continue reading ‘Big data’ and gender

IR13 plenaries: Queercore, caravans, and porn

It was refreshing to begin the conference with plenary speakers bringing excellent feminist and queer analysis to bear on Internet Studies. Mary Gray, Larissa Hjorth, and Susanna Paasonen all posed challenges to the dominant focuses of Internet Studies. Gray questioned technology- (and particularly device-) centred approaches, and the accompanying focus on 'big data'. (I've also … Continue reading IR13 plenaries: Queercore, caravans, and porn