Frictions that slow, frictions that spark

I'm delighted that the latest article from Tim and my Mapping Movements project is out, Harbouring Dissent: Greek Independent and Social Media and the Antifascist Movement. It's been a long wait, and there are a few sections which I'm sure need updating, but I'm still very glad that it's finally public: Abstract: This article examines … Continue reading Frictions that slow, frictions that spark

Upcoming events: Femhack Montreal, AdaCamp, Theorizing the Web, and Circuits of Struggle

I've got a few (un)conferences coming up, and I'm looking forward to opportunities to connect with academics, activists, and others working at the intersection of politics and technology. My presentations for Theorizing the Web and the Union of Democratic Communications conference, Circuits of Struggle, are focusing on some of the challenges that geek feminism raises … Continue reading Upcoming events: Femhack Montreal, AdaCamp, Theorizing the Web, and Circuits of Struggle

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’

#SMSociety14: Greek independent media and the antifascist movement

I'll be presenting the first analysis from the next case study of the Mapping Movements project that Tim Highfield and I have been working on at the Social Media & Society conference in September: the abstract is included here and we welcome comments, particularly from those involved in the Greek antifascist and independent media movements.I must particularly acknowledge … Continue reading #SMSociety14: Greek independent media and the antifascist movement

Occupy Oakland and #oo: Uses of Twitter within the Occupy movement

The first paper from Tim Highfield and my Mapping Movements project is now out in First Monday: Social media have become crucial tools for political activists and protest movements, providing another channel for promoting messages and garnering support. Twitter, in particular, has been identified as a noteworthy medium for protests in countries including Iran and … Continue reading Occupy Oakland and #oo: Uses of Twitter within the Occupy movement

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