AIES: AI for social good, human machine interactions, and trustworthy AI

If you want to read more about any of these, accepted papers are here. AI for Social Good On Influencing Individual Behavior for Reducing Transportation Energy Expenditure in a Large Population, Shiwali Mohan, Frances Yan, Victoria Bellotti, Ahmed Elbery, Hesham Rakha and Matthew Klenk Transportation is a huge drain on energy use: how can we … Continue reading AIES: AI for social good, human machine interactions, and trustworthy AI

ICA18, Day 3: activism, subalterns, more activism, post/colonial imaginations, and cultural symbols

Activism and Social Media Mamfakinch: From Protest Slogan to Mediated Activism. Annemarie Iddins, Fairfield University. [CN: rape.] Iddens argues that the digital must be understood as part of a network of different media - the Mamfakinch collective only makes sense as a response to the limitations of the Moroccan media (which combines strong state influence … Continue reading ICA18, Day 3: activism, subalterns, more activism, post/colonial imaginations, and cultural symbols

ICA18 Day 2: narrating voice, digital media and the body, feminist theorisation beyond western cultures, collective memory, and voices of freedom and constraint

Narrating Voice and Building Self on Digital and Social Media 'This is Lebanon’: Narrating Migrant Labor to Resistive Public. Rayya El Zein, University of Pennsylvania. This research looks at the calling into being of an ideal political subject through social media. 'This is Lebanon' is a platform run by a Nepalese immigrant, Dipendra Upetry, where … Continue reading ICA18 Day 2: narrating voice, digital media and the body, feminist theorisation beyond western cultures, collective memory, and voices of freedom and constraint

ICA Day 1: Kurdish transnational media, racism online, digital labour, and public scholarship

My rough and very incomplete notes from the first day of ICA. There were a bunch of interesting points that I haven't noted because I was distracted or tired or too busy listening, and great papers that I sadly missed. I mostly use these notes to follow up on work later, but if they're useful … Continue reading ICA Day 1: Kurdish transnational media, racism online, digital labour, and public scholarship

UDC2015 Circuits of Struggle, Day 1: the World Forum of Free Media, community media in Oaxaca, Activating bodies, State violence, and an early night

The first session, with Stéphane Couture, Gretchen King, and Sophie Toupin of McGill University, looked at the World Forum of Free Media (WFFM) and the Charter of Free Media. This discussion touched on some of the issues I've felt myself around the World Social Forum, including its institutionalisation. However, the panellists noted that their experience of … Continue reading UDC2015 Circuits of Struggle, Day 1: the World Forum of Free Media, community media in Oaxaca, Activating bodies, State violence, and an early night

Theorizing the Web, Day 1: cache flow & code queering & racial standpoints & magic & music & concrete dust

Theorizing the Web has been fascinating, but a bit of a shock to the system after AdaCamp. TtW is gloriously DIY, which has a lot of benefits: it's particularly great to see an academic(ish) conference that's open to activists and artists, and not hideously expensive to attend. I did miss the efforts AdaCamp went to … Continue reading Theorizing the Web, Day 1: cache flow & code queering & racial standpoints & magic & music & concrete dust

On (re)reading bell hooks

I've been trying, lately, to fill the terrible holes in my knowledge that were left by my degree. I studied political science and international relations at a pretty conservative department. This has given me a strong grounding in stuff like, 'classical liberal thinkers who happen to be mostly white men (and Mary Wollestonecraft for 'diversity') … Continue reading On (re)reading bell hooks