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The exciting future of governance

Background to the video here. I have to admit that I’d assumed this sort of thing was at least a decade away. What’s so creepy about this (beyond “because of this your feeling of safety increased”) is how ‘joined up’ the proposed monitoring is. Rather than piecemeal monitoring that gradually gets joined up […]

Science Gallery Dublin – Lifelogging Lab CALL for Proposals for upcoming exhibition

This looks interesting: Lifelogging Lab CLOSING DATE: Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 12:00 LIFELOGGING LAB If you could measure everything…would you? Calling all trackers, quantifiers, analysers and creative counters Science Gallery is seeking proposals for its upcoming exhibition LIFELOGGING LAB, which will open in February 2015. Exhibition and laboratory […]

Is this how the Circle got started….?

The ApplePay system aims to kickstart the so far slow-moving market for mobile payments, which banks and credit card companies have struggled to get people to adopt, but could also give Apple growing power in the payments industry. “ApplePay will forever change the way all of us buy things,” said […]

CfP The Role of Quantified Self for Personal Healthcare @ IEEE BIBM’14, Belfast‏‎

Call for Papers for ===================================================================== International Workshop on The Role of Quantified Self for the Personal Healthcare (QSPH’14) ===================================================================== November 2014, held in conjunction with IEEE BIBM 2014 in Belfast, UK ——————————————————————— MOTIVATION In recent years there has been considerable interest in tracking a variety of health-related data via […]

The sociology of data science


All science is becoming data science. Therefore data scientists have a lot of power in this regime [stifles a laugh] It’s a great time to be a data geek. This is an interesting aside made by Bill Howe of Washington University in an early lecture on Coursera’s Introduction to Data […]

The Philosophy of Data Science

I just saw the LSE Impact blog posted this nice summary of the interview series I’m doing for them: Rob Kitchin: “Big data should complement small data, not replace them.” In this first interview, Rob Kitchin elaborates on the specific characteristics of big data, the hype and hubris surrounding its […]

The five modes of self-tracking

Deborah Lupton has posted a very useful item on her blog, attached to a forthcoming paper, suggesting five modes of self-tracking: Private self-tracking Pushed self-tracking Communal self-tracking Imposed self-tracking Exploited self-tracking You can read the full post here. The only one I’m not convinced of is ‘exploited self-tracking’. I otherwise really […]

Self-tracking and data sensibilities

I recently blogged about the idea of the ‘qualified self’ and why I’m drawn to this phrase. As sometimes happens, I wasn’t being enormously serious when I started writing the post but had argued myself into a new position by the end of it. I like the ‘qualified self’ because […]

Cfp: Mini Conference on Digital Sociology

MINI-CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL SOCIOLOGY CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Eastern Sociological Society New York City February 26-March 1, 2015 Millennium Broadway Hotel In keeping with the Eastern Sociological Society’s theme of “Crossing Borders”, the Digital Sociology Mini-Conference seeks papers that address the many borders crossed – national, disciplinary, theoretical, methodological, epistemological – […]

The materiality of digital technology

This point made by Liz Stanley and Andrea Salter can’t be stressed enough: Digital communication is however a supremely material medium involving large amounts of hardware, including computers, cell-phones and tablets, requiring software platforms that structure and help shape in very material ways the communications that can be engaged in, […]


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