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Feb 27, 2014

You can find recordings, helpfully indexed, of 2013-14 faculty workshops at, including the opening event – "Healthcare as a Social Right," featuring Jack Geiger, Dorothy Roberts, and Jeffrey Goldhagen.

Dec 9, 2015

College Hall, Room 209 (Accessibility)
Lunch provided.

Allison Powers (History, Columbia)
Elspeth Wilson (Political Science, UPenn)

Dec 10, 2015

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility)

IN THE AFTERMATH OF A SPATE OF POLICE KILLINGS THAT BEGAN with the June 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, an issue emerged as a newly apparent “matter of concern”: the alarming number of killings of unarmed people by the police, of course, but also the glaring absence of data on those killings. Professor Gates analyzes the absence of data on police killings from the combined perspectives of digital media studies and science and technology studies, considering what this absence reveals about the promise and problems of data analytics for democratic governance.
Jan 14, 2016

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility)

IMAGINE IF GOVERNMENT COULD QUICKLY GET ADVICE from infectious disease experts in the event of a pandemic, or find and reach out to cyber-security professionals following an infrastructure attack, or pose questions about our public challenges to data scientists. From combatting terrorism to safeguarding the future of the planet, society will confront unprecedented challenges over the next decades. To succeed, Noveck argues, we have to run our institutions differently. Getting ideas from outside – often called crowdsourcing or open innovation – should be just as vital for the improvement of public institutions as it has been for success in commerce and science. Data science tools hold the potential to transform how we govern by making it possible to solve hard problems through the diverse and distributed expertise of the many citizens who would be willing to contribute their talents, skills, expertise and enthusiasm to the public good.
Feb 18, 2016

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility)

HELEN NISSENBAUM is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science at New York University, where she is also Director of the Information Law Institute. Her work spans social, ethical, and political dimensions of information technology and digital media. She has written and edited eight books, including Privacy, Big Data and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement, with J. Lane, V. Stodden and S.

Mar 17, 2016

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility)

DEEN FREELON is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. His primary research interests lie in the changing relationships between technology and politics, and encompass the study of weblogs, online forums, social media, and other forms of interactive media with political applications. His papers have ranged from Twitter analysis relating to the Arab Spring to research on youth and media.

Apr 14, 2016

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility)

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.

May 6, 2016

Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium

Panelists 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)