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

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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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Book Talk: Judith Donath on The Social Machine [AUDIO]

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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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Lauren McCarthy: You, Me, and My Computer

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Can we use technology to help us be more human? To smile more, to touch and to listen to each other? What if a computer could understand and make decisions about our social relationships better than we could ourselves? Would our interactions be improved by computationally determining what to do and say? What happens if we crowdsource our dating lives and actually find love?

In this talk Lauren McCarthy — artist, programmer, and adjunct faculty at RISD and NYU ITP — attempts to understand these questions through an artistic practice involving hacking, design, and self-experimentation.


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Lauren McCarthy: You, Me, and My Computer [AUDIO]

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Can we use technology to help us be more human? To smile more, to touch and to listen to each other? What if a computer could understand and make decisions about our social relationships better than we could ourselves? Would our interactions be improved by computationally determining what to do and say? What happens if we crowdsource our dating lives and actually find love?

In this talk Lauren McCarthy — artist, programmer, and adjunct faculty at RISD and NYU ITP — attempts to understand these questions through an artistic practice involving hacking, design, and self-experimentation.

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Malavika Jayaram: Does Size Matter? A Tale of Performing Welfare, Producing Bodies, and Faking Identity

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India’s identity project is the the world’s largest biometric database — currently consisting of almost 600 million enrolled. By locating this techno-utopian vision within the larger surveillance state that a unique identifier facilitates, Malavika Jayaram — lawyer, Berkman Fellow, and Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore — describes the ‘welfare industrial complex’ that imagines the poor as the next emerging market. She highlights the risks of the body as password, of implementing e-governance in a legal vacuum, and of digitization reinforcing existing inequalities. By offering a perspective that is somewhat different from the traditional western focus of privacy, she hopes to generate a more inclusive discourse about what it means to be autonomous and empowered in the face of paternalistic development projects.


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Malavika Jayaram: Does Size Matter? A Tale of Performing Welfare, Producing Bodies, and Faking Identity [AUDIO]

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India’s identity project is the the world’s largest biometric database — currently consisting of almost 600 million enrolled. By locating this techno-utopian vision within the larger surveillance state that a unique identifier facilitates, Malavika Jayaram — lawyer, Berkman Fellow, and Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore — describes the ‘welfare industrial complex’ that imagines the poor as the next emerging market. She highlights the risks of the body as password, of implementing e-governance in a legal vacuum, and of digitization reinforcing existing inequalities. By offering a perspective that is somewhat different from the traditional western focus of privacy, she hopes to generate a more inclusive discourse about what it means to be autonomous and empowered in the face of paternalistic development projects.

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Hasit Shah on Cheap Smartphones, Digital News, & the World’s Biggest Election

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More than a sixth of Indians have access to the Internet, leaving a billion people behind. But smartphones are getting cheaper and mobile internet connections are becoming more easily available. The new Internet users will demand content that won’t be in English, that doesn’t necessarily demand high levels of literacy and works well on basic devices with erratic connections.

In this talk Hasit Shah — Nieman-Berkman Fellow at Harvard and Senior Producer for BBC News in London — discusses India’s first proper “digital” election, and how Internet-based campaigning is making this one to watch.


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Hasit Shah on Cheap Smartphones, Digital News, & the World’s Biggest Election [AUDIO]

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More than a sixth of Indians have access to the Internet, leaving a billion people behind. But smartphones are getting cheaper and mobile internet connections are becoming more easily available. The new Internet users will demand content that won’t be in English, that doesn’t necessarily demand high levels of literacy and works well on basic devices with erratic connections.

In this talk Hasit Shah — Nieman-Berkman Fellow at Harvard and Senior Producer for BBC News in London — discusses India’s first proper “digital” election, and how Internet-based campaigning is making this one to watch.

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More info on this event here.

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