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Tressie (McMillan) Cottom on Democratizing Ideologies and Inequality Regimes in Digital Domains

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How are inequality regimes challenged, or sometimes perpetuated, in online environments? In this talk Tressie McMillan Cottom — blogger, PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at Emory University, and PhD Intern at the Microsoft Research Network’s Social Media Collective — discusses inequality in online learning, based on qualitative research with students taking courses online at for-profit institutions.


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Christian Sandvig, Karrie G. Karahalios, and Cedric Langbort Look Inside the Facebook News Feed

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Our online lives are organized by computer algorithms that select and recommend advertisements, search results, news, and online social interactions. These algorithms are often closely-guarded secrets kept by Internet companies. But researchers, users, and the public might legitimately need to know how these algorithms operate.

In this talk, Christian Sandvig (University of Michigan), Karrie Karahalios (University of Illinois), and Cedric Langbort (University of Illinois) use the Facebook newsfeed as an example to ask how users can investigate how these algorithms work from the outside.


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Melissa Gira Grant: w4m – The End of the American Red Light District

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The history of the American red light district is quite brief –- from railroad signal lights to hotel bathroom selfies -– and clouded in myth. Soon it may be lost. In this talk, Melissa Gira Grant — freelance journalist and author of “Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work” (Verso, 2014) — reconsiders how communication technologies shape sex-for-sale, proposes that sex work has merged with the network, and discusses what we can learn from how sex workers have remained a step ahead.


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Justin Reich on MOOCs and the Science of Learning

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Millions of learners on platforms like edX and Coursera are generating terabytes of data tracking their activity in real time. Online learning platforms capture extraordinarily detailed records of student behavior, and now the challenge for researchers is to explore how these new datasets can be used to advance the science of learning.

In this edX co-sponsored talk Justin Reich — educational researcher, co-founder of EdTechTeacher, and Berkman Fellow — examines current trends and future directions in research into online learning in large-scale settings.


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Jim Gettys on (In)Security in Home Embedded Devices

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We now wander in Best Buy, Lowes and on Amazon and buy all sorts of devices from thermostats, hi-fi gear, tablets, phones, and laptops or desktops as well as home routers to build our home networks. Most of these we plug in and forget about. But should we?

In this talk Jim Gettys — American computer programmer and former Vice President of Software at the One Laptop per Child project — discusses the immediate actions individuals can take, as well as the changes that must be made in the market, to make the “Internet of Things” more secure.


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Dino Sossi Discusses the Immigrant Experience Through Film

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In this talk Dino Sossi — Berkman Fellow, multimedia producer, and Doctoral Candidate in Instructional Technology and Media at Columbia University — presents excerpts from his new documentary film “Home.” “Home” focuses on the tension between a younger generation’s need for self-discovery and an older generation’s wish to move on. Shot throughout Europe and North America, “Home” explores issues of personal identity, memory and collective grief.


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Ivan Sigal on Caring for Audiences: Building Communities, Design, and Social Movements

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The world is now saturated with media content, and attention is scarce almost everywhere. The fact of saturation and the ease of production does not mean equitable access to attention, even for important and worthwhile content. What we call the caring problem for audiences is not a determined fact, but also of building communities, language choices, design, and social media tactics.

In this talk Ivan Sigal — photographer, Berkman Fellow, and Executive Director of Global Voices — explores the effects of citizen media and social movements, within the lens of Global Voices coverage and activism, with an eye toward developing future editorial practices.


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Leah Plunkett, Alicia Solow-Niederman, & Urs Gasser on K-12 Cloud-Based Ed Tech & Student Privacy in Early 2014

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Cloud-based ed tech facilitates educational innovation — such as new connected learning frameworks — but also poses privacy challenges as more and more potentially sensitive data about students goes into the cloud.

In this talk the Student Privacy Initiative team presents recommendations from their recent report, Framing the Law & Policy Picture: A Snapshot of K-12 Cloud-Based Ed Tech & Student Privacy in Early 2014, to guide policy and decision-makers at the school district, local, state, and federal government levels as they consider cloud-based ed tech.


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Dalia Othman on Post Arab Revolutions: What Social Media is Telling Us

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It is undeniable that social media played a role in recent revolutions across the Arab world. But it is harder to identify the relationships between different actors on and off social media, and the flow of information about the revolutions.

In this talk Dalia Othman — Berkman Fellow and Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Center for Civic Media — discusses the initial findings of ongoing research being conducted on the Arab Blogosphere and Twitter maps from various countries in the region.


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Book Talk: Judith Donath on The Social Machine

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Online, interface designs fashion people’s appearance, shape their communication and influence their behavior. Can we see another’s face or do we know each other only by name? Do our words disappear forever once they leave the screen or are they permanently archived, amassing a history of our views and reactions? Are we aware of how public or private our surroundings are?

In this talk Judith Donath — Berkman Faculty Fellow and former director of the MIT Media Lab’s Sociable Media Group — discusses some of these questions and more from her new book “The Social Machine.”


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