THIS MONTH'S PAPERS examine the role of experts in shaping public policy and guiding public opinion. By shining a spotlight on policy wonks, demographers, and geographers, our presenters help us understand the cultures, ideologies, and histories of “expertise.”
Events & Workshops
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Negar Razavi (Anthro, UPenn): “Off the Record and in the Loop”: An Ethnography of the Washington Foreign Policy Establishment
Kristian Taketomo (History, UPenn): Urbanization as Development: Modernization and “The City” in Postwar America
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 4:30pm
AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR ARGUMENT HOLDS that the projected benefits of Big Data requires a shift away from barring the collection of personal information to regulating its use. Professor Nissenbaum is skeptical about this reasoning, not only because it plays suspiciously well with the dominant business model of the commercial information industry but also because it rests on misconceptions and ambiguities of key terms. Her paper will seek to unravel the debate between those who continue to see value in protecting privacy and those who would forgo privacy in favor of use regulation instead.
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 4:30pm
PROFESSOR FREELON’S PAPER AND TALK WILL DOCUMENT the initial findings of a project aimed at exploring the roles of social media in the new anti-police brutality movement spearheaded by #Blacklivesmatter. He and his colleagues have brought together a large-scale computational analysis of Twitter data, website link data, and depth interviews to understand how #Blacklivesmatter's uses of social media accord with the latest theories in this area as well as how they compare to other prominent protest use cases.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 4:30pm
GABRIELLA (BIELLA) COLEMAN holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. Her first book on Free Software, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking has been published with Princeton University Press.
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Amado Recital Hall, Irvine AuditoriumPanelists include Rena Bivens (Carleton University), Paula Chakravartty (New York University), Mark Graham (Oxford University), Daniel Kreiss (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Lisa McLaughlin (Miami University), Jennifer Pan (Stanford University), Daniela Stockmann (Leiden University), and Zeynep Tufekci (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)