The argument Daniel Little is making here is an increasingly familiar one, but I’ve rarely encountered such a lucid formulation of it: Can we similarly “map” the spread of new political ideas and slogans during the Arab Spring? No, because the vast majority of those present in Tahrir Square were […]
An interesting set of distinctions from this great Frank Pasquale paper: Beneath the surface of Internet policy disputes, there is a deeper, even ontological set of orientations to technology. On one side are advocates of “mastery,” who try to resurrect old legal principles and public values to order cyberspace. On […]
This is an excellent lecture by Mike Savage. It’s particularly interesting to hear him reflect on the ‘coming crisis’ paper almost 10 years on. Would anyone now deny that he and Roger Burrows were correct?
From Infoglut, by Mark Andrejevic, loc 607. The context to digital innovation in public services: What emerges is a kind of actuarial model of crime: one that lends itself to aggregate considerations regarding how best to allocate resources under conditions of scarcity – a set of concerns that fits neatly […]
Another interesting bit of the Andrejevic book. A lot of these ideas are extremely familiar but he puts them together in extremely creative ways, as well as writing with an astonishing degree of lucidity. From loc 524: Lurking in these two questions is an assumption about the character of knowledge […]
From InfoGlut, by Mark Andrejevic, loc 464: The dystopian version of information glut anticipates a world in which control over the tremendous amount of information generated by interactive devices is concentrated in the hands of the few who use it to sort, manage, and manipulate. Those without access to the […]
From InfoGlut, by Mark Andrejevic, loc 601: The fictional portrayals envision a contradictory world in which individual actions can be predicted with certainty and effectively thwarted. They weave oracular fantasies about perfect foresight. Predictive analytics, by contrast, posits a world in which probabilities can be measured and resources allocated accordingly. […]
I’ve just published a great piece on The Sociological Review blog, by Sage’s Ziyad Marar, which really resonates with some of the concerns shaping my new project: Yet our digital culture may exacerbate this problem by tilting us even further toward speed, simplicity and utility. In what is often called […]
This extract is directed at ‘computing culture’ (not quite as lazy a target as it might sound, though still far from unproblematic) rather than big data. Nonetheless, it struck me that it might better be aimed at some of the more extreme examples of big data hype: Computing culture is also, […]
Bookmarking this so I can come back to it later. If I pursue this thread, Social Media For Academics is never going to get finished: Reflecting their student populations, universities have long been bastions of oodles of consumer technology. We are awash in mobile phones, laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, and the like. […]
I’m sad I’ll be missing this (though happy to be in Berlin) – hope lots of other people make it: Warwick University Festival of Social Sciences Data Big and Small: Past, Present and Future This event is jointly hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Warwick Q-Step Centre. […]
This insightful article paints a worrying picture of the growth of data-driven policing. The technical challenge of “building nuance” into data systems “is far harder than it seems” and has important practical implications for how interventions operate on the basis of digital data. What I hadn’t previously realised was how […]
As part of its effort to expand beyond traditional types of academic publication, Big Data & Society has introduced an Early Career Researcher Forum targeted to scholars finishing or having recently completed advanced graduate degrees. More specifically the ECR forum seeks work by researchers reflecting about some of the challenges […]
This looks really interesting – if I wasn’t drowning under the weight of existing writing commitments, I’d love to try and write something for the final topic suggestion: Call for papers for special issue of IEEE Internet Computing – http://www.computer.org/portal/web/computingnow/iccfp6 Internet of You: Data Big and Small Final submissions due: […]
In his A necessary disenchantment: myth, agency and injustice in a digital world, Nick Couldry argues that transitions in media infrastructure are facilitating the emergence of a new myth of collectivity: A new myth about the collectivities we form when we use platforms such as Facebook. An emerging myth of natural collectivity […]
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 […]
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 […]
An interesting presentation and video from Rob Kitchin. There’s an excellent paper developing these arguments online here. More here.
Only a couple of days to go until the journal officially launches!