Updates | 11.18.14

11.18: Enabling Connected Learning; 2015 fellowships; upcoming events

updates and ideas from the D&S community and beyond

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Data & Society is looking to hire a researcher: Enabling Connected Learning is a new initiative spearheaded by danah boyd and supported through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. We are seeking either a full-time or part-time researcher to help drive the research components of this initiative.

Data & Society is currently looking to assemble its 2015 class of fellows: We are looking for a diverse group of people who can see both the opportunities and challenges presented by access to data and who have a vision for a project that can inform the public or shape the future of society. The application deadline is December 13.

Karen Levy: Rape Is Not a Data Problem: “It’s encouraging to see techies trying to address knotty social issues like sexual violence. But if technology is going to intervene for good, it needs to adopt a more nuanced approach—one that appreciates that not every problem can be treated as a data problem.”

Anthony Townsend: Two Approaches to Urban Sensing — Synoptic vs. Ground Truth (Pt. 1) + Ground Truth (2 of 2): “The two sensor networks also reflect a key difference…amongst the new talent that is moving into urban research…Namely, the culture gap between theoretical physical scientists and information and computer scientists.”

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Karen Gregory: Big Data, like Soylent Green, Is Made of People: “…the automation we are speaking of here is entangled across spaces and times, and becomes increasing so as the boundaries that once marked the home, the factory, the school, the hospital… dissolve and blur into life itself.”

Equal Future: Knowing the Score: New Report Offers Tour of Financial Data, Underwriting, and Marketing: “What are the legal and practical differences between a ‘credit score’ and a ‘marketing score’? Are credit scoring companies that rely on social networking data reliable? Should new forms of payment information (such as cable and utility bills) be sent to credit bureaus? Can new scoring methods bolster financial inclusion?”

Upcoming Events

Today, November 18
Great Exploitations: History and the NSA Debate (Heyman Center)

November 2-December 7
Addie Wagenknecht: Shellshock (bitforms gallery)

November 4-May 8
Watching You, Watching Me: A Photographic Response to Surveillance (Open Society Foundations)

November 21
The Road Ahead: The Future of Transportation and Mobility (MIT Senseable City Lab)

November 25
Unpacking open data: power, politics and the influence of infrastructures (Berkman Center)

December 1
The Library Freedom Project presents: A Privacy Workshop for Librarians (METRO)

December 3
Colloquium Series Event – Dr. Matthew Jones (Columbia IDSE)

December 4
Research Without Borders: Big Open Data (Columbia Scholarly Communication Program)

December 4
Cyber-Ethics: Emerging Issues & Evolving Laws (NYU Center on Law and Security)

December 4
When Companies Study Their Customers: The Changing Face of Science, Research, and Ethics (Silicon Flatirons)

December 11
Data-Driven Medicine in the Age of Genomics (Center for Data Innovation)

December 12
Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in Machine Learning (NIPS 2014 workshop)

December 17-18
The ITP Winter Show 2014 (NYU)

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