Inspired by someone’s comment that “their code of ethics wouldn’t even fit on a rizla”… wouldn’t it be a nice objective for all companies to have a code of ethics or T&Cs that DO fit on a rizla? #digitalsociology
I haven’t read the paper yet but this coverage of algorithmic discrimination is so important. Without greater understanding and transparency of algorithmic decisioning systems, we have no chance of actual accountability.
An interesting day of self-reflection regarding digitised life… after only 24 hours, I’m already loving my new robot vacuum. I always said I’d never have a (human) cleaner but apparently I’m OK with robots doing the jobs I don’t want to? Is that OK? Where does that end?
An excellent and tangible explanation of how Facebook pages about cute dogs or God are being used to manipulate our supposed democracy through strategic Facebook campaigns, only affordable by the powerful self-serving elite. #popularinfo
Counting down the days to dissertation deadline and today’s version suffix “_190821a” takes me to 31 saved copies so far. 🤪
Can our requirement to consume data through visualisation help improve our understanding of data in modern society? If you’re engaged in data visualisation, please help my research by taking this short survey. #dataviz #datavisualization #research
I’m currently working on my final Masters dissertation which explores whether data visualisation can improve our understanding of datafication. Read more about it and how you can help. #dataviz #datavisualization #BigData #digitalsociology
Well played Amazon. Another example of how to get in the door by apparently maintaining individual privacy whilst maximising commercial opportunity from the aggregate data. #datafication
12.5hrs of workshops in 2 days was an “in at the deep end” introduction to my first experience as classroom assistant on an MA module but I enjoyed it and I think it went well.
The interesting thing for me is not why people ask these questions, but how Google choose to answer them. I suspect Google has enough data about most of us to know if we’re liked, are “good in bed” or might get rich/thin. #digitalsociology #bigdata https://t.co/vvZV78L8Vf
Intriguing article (relating to recent studying on selfies) about the bizarrely common habit of posting the same picture on Instagram every day. The excitement of banality? #digidentities #digitalsociology https://t.co/CsaRLSdOx9
With users increasingly understanding ‘private mode’ in modern browsers, why don’t Facebook use the same analogy to offer a toggleable mode for discreet Facebook activity? They could still collect data but enable peer-to-peer privacy/anonymity/pseudonymity? #digidentities
Finally watched Ready Player One. Really enjoyed it and agree with this Guardian article that compare to The Matrix it offers a more positive (if slightly simplistic) vision of what VR could be in future. #digidentities https://t.co/0FhSXgFD3A
On Facebook, nobody knows you’re a dog. (A little updated homage to a digital sociology classic). Disclaimer: tracing was involved. #digidentities #digitalsociology #newyorker #procreate https://t.co/ifY1BzH4m5
Feeling like a real data statistician/analyst now that I have SPSS on my Mac. I’m sure it’s not cool to be excited about a number-crunching tool that seems to make academics to groan! #spss #statistics #digitalsociology
Amazing article about the social credit system in China. Any feeling of the impressive sci-fi-like technical achievement is immediately overwhelmed by the utterly chilling, frightening sense of societal control and surveillance.
amazing visuals, amongst other things: https://t.co/JkRg8b2hse
— hmtk (@hmtk) September 19, 2018
Convenience so often trumps effort in this capitalist world. The #Facebook/#CambridgeAnalytica ‘scandal’ merely exposes what many users really know but ignore. Rather than delete Facebook we need greater transparency, proper taxation and full accountability of the service.
In-between semesters, I’m so glad I finally got round to reading Negroponte’s ‘Being Digital’. Slightly shameful I’d not read it before. Absolutely mind-blowing vision and foresight. Eerily accurate in places alongside my current digital sociology explorations.
Failed to shoehorn this into a current essay but enjoyed it so much I had to at least share it: If Romeo and Juliet had mobile phones (by masters of the field Barry Wellman https://t.co/nmnpU4uqhH& Lee Rainie )
Having spent the past week writing and researching an essay about social media use, it’s finally dawned on me that it’s not ‘the youth’ who don’t understand social media – it’s their parents (e.g. my generation). #digitalsociology
Ok so I’m probably a bit late to the party (as usual with viral stuff) but those robot guys at Boston Dynamics just blow my mind. Eerie but just so compelling and incredible. https://t.co/5bqFv9rG7g
Interesting discussion and first-hand accounts of digital legacy after death, an area that surely needs greater research and debate. We Need to Talk About Death – Series 2, My Digital Legacy, Episode 2 – @bbcradio4 #digitalsociology https://t.co/NLi3fIh63y
Good read. Also, social networks focus on strong ties because that’s what advertisers want. #digitalsociology https://t.co/XGazs5j4pV
Excellent Orwell Lecture in the North last night. Grayson Perry presents with such fantastic character and perspective. I liked his condensing of social media to “LOLs, Feels & Woke”. Don’t be a diaphobe. Talk to people about it.
As a techie catching up on being a sociologist, this simple intro to data and panopticons is a good read. #bigdata https://t.co/VvF7EaFcM1
Found the artistry of and commentary around Wages for Facebook a really engaging topic https://t.co/v0d5Ul9fGE #digitalsociology
I’d been wondering how GDPR would affect the big players’ social media data usage. #hotpotato #bigdata https://t.co/hO0arpCrNg
Real-life The Circle in China. But is it just a more visible version of what we all live in? https://t.co/JhoAKam4ER #digitalsociology
3 weeks into MA and a ‘whack in the face’ realisation, how do you produce quality research in a field changing so fast? #digitalsociology
How is ‘Global north/south’ not a more commonly used reference yet in mainstream media? #sociology https://t.co/peHqz8j0DO
Interesting, if not essential, insight into how machines group/correlate big data. #digitalsociology #bigdata https://t.co/A5bVPGlNcZ
Weekend fun, illustrating why I’m studying Digital Sociology! Modern Dating Horror Story: https://t.co/dwQR4EgBBw #digitalsociology