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.
cult of me
Tuesday April 01, 2014 @ 10:13 AM (UTC)
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)
[Event] DATE CHANGE! Analog lessons from masters of the senses: the feel, smell and sound of immersionFriday March 15, 2013 @ 07:06 PM (UTC)
Next Monday 18 March, I will be convening a workshop at the Oxford Internet Institute, speaking with three professionals who have made their livings manipulating fear, sound and smell. How do these masters of the senses design their products to get us to feel, see and do what they want us to?
Tuesday September 11, 2012 @ 04:39 PM (UTC)
My latest blogpost for DML Central describes some of the things I discovered about the South American technology scene on a recent trip to Argentina. Here’s an excerpt:
Belen Igarzábal from FLACSO is currently producing an 8-part television series inspired by The Virtual Revolution which will look at the impact of this communications technology on Latin America. She and the production team are traveling to Brazil, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay to explore the issues from a particularly South American perspective: “There’a a lot of research about how the internet is evolving and changing our participation, governments and economics around the world, but nothing about South America. We have particularities: we are a mix of cultures — Aboriginal, Spanish, Portuguese — and that mix makes us different from other parts of the world in terms of how we connect, how the government is involved in connectivity, in education.”
Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 10:08 AM (UTC)
My most recent post for DML Central is the adaptation of the text from my Glasgow Lecture, which I wrote about a few weeks ago. I’ll be exploring the issues I raise in the blogpost in greater detail over the next year in the research project I’m starting next month as part of my Visiting Fellowship in the Media and Communications Department at LSE, funded by the Nominet Trust.
Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 01:41 PM (UTC)
I’m speaking at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall next Thursday 1 March as part of the Glasgow Lectures series, organised by Professor Philip Schlesinger. My talk, Cult of Me Meets Cult of We, uncovers the sociocultural assumptions designed into the web technologies we use in everyday life. Here’s a blurb:
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