Enormous congratulations to Prof Mark Graham and Prof Bill Dutton on the publication of Society and the Internet: How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives. I was honoured to have been invited to contribute a chapter to this new Internet Studies bible, in which I describe the Internet as the modern catch-all boogeyman. In fact (I argue) these accusations are unjustified.
Sunday July 20, 2014 @ 05:55 PM (UTC)
PhD abstract: Social Network and Social Psychological Processes in the Diffusion of Belief and Behaviour on the WebSunday July 20, 2014 @ 05:19 PM (UTC)
Social Influence in Second Life: Social Network and Social Psychological Processes in the Diffusion of Belief and Behaviour on the Web
The Internet has challenged social psychological theories of influence that have focussed on interpersonal perceptions of trustworthiness, expertise and similarity, and normative attributions of social identity. As knowledge is increasingly decentralised and user-generated, new questions arise about how online participants identify which information to adopt or reject.
Monday June 30, 2014 @ 08:36 AM (UTC)
I’ve been fascinated by the public furore about the emotional contagion in Facebook research published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I’m an internet ethics junkie and, genuinely, am astonished by the response. Perhaps my reaction to this is because I’ve had the occasion to think and speak so much about this that I forget how little other people know about what’s actually going on to protect the individual when doing this kind of work inside the ivory tower.
Tuesday April 01, 2014 @ 10:13 AM (UTC)
Becoming a critical consumer of technology isn’t just the responsibility of our teachers, our policy makers or software developers: we need to arm ourselves with the knowledge and the know-how to break out of our technofundamentalist trappings, and to wrestle our lives back from the machines.
Monday March 31, 2014 @ 09:46 AM (UTC)
How do we become critical of media? Through the lessons from our teachers and educators. The people who are the lifeblood to the next generation of informed online participants should be armed with digital literacies, outlined in The Personal (Computer) is Political, the research report released last week for The Nominet Trust. In the report, I propose several recommendations for taking those important steps in that direction.
Friday March 28, 2014 @ 09:23 AM (UTC)
Software is not the solution to social ills, yet “software solutions” are de facto implemented in policy and regulation without an accurate understanding of what’s actually offered. From Big Data to privacy to censorship, here are recommendations from The Personal (Computer) Is Political for policy makers and regulators, published by The Nominet Trust earlier this week.
Monday March 24, 2014 @ 01:09 PM (UTC)
Software is biased, so how can developers act in the best interest of their audience?
On Monday, The Nominet Trust published The Personal (Computer) Is Political, a provocation paper based my last three years research looking at philosophies and agendas built into in the software and web services we use every day. The report calls for consumers and creators to recognise that software is a cultural artefact – like film, television, architecture, comedy, food, art and design – and therefore it is part of the zeitgeist of its day. This includes the political, economic and social climate of where and when it was built.
[Academic] The Personal (Computer) Is Political: a new report on humans, computers and our technofundamentalist tendenciesMonday March 24, 2014 @ 12:41 PM (UTC)
Pre-order! Society and the Internet: How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our LivesWednesday February 12, 2014 @ 01:38 PM (UTC)
I was delighted to contribute a chapter to the forthcoming book, edited by Bill Dutton and Mark Graham from the Oxford Internet Institute, Society and the Internet: How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives. It’s now available for pre-order!
Thursday November 28, 2013 @ 10:41 AM (UTC)
The internet and web are technologies that connect humans to humans via a computer. When training as an academic, I became very interested in the ethical implications of online research, at a time when there wasn’t much out there for fledgling PhD researchers like me. In short: it’s a minefield. In long: there’s now a set of guidelines covering the issues that is available from the British Psychological Society.
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