Information Computing and Media Technology

Knowing Infrastructure: Critically Engaging The Wayback Machine As Source For STS Research

From documenting human rights abuses to studying online advertising, web archives are increasingly positioned as critical resources for a broad range of scholarly Internet research agendas. And yet, web archives as research infrastructures remain relatively understudied. In this paper we reflect on...Read more

Doing Data Together: Intervening In Urban Planning With Digital Methods

One year ago researchers from TANTLab and employees from GEHL architects decided on pursuing an experiment together. Driven by a shared interest in bringing social issues into the technical paradigm of ‘the smart city’ we set ourselves the task of making the diversity of Copenhagen’s social...Read more

Locating And Timing Matters Of Attention Through Wikipedia: Technical, Epistemological And Political Considerations

Wikipedia has become a ubiquitous digital knowledge infrastructure and thereby a locus for politics by other means. As the primary online reference, it is central in our everyday life digital information ecosystem. Because of its uniqueness, it constitutes not only an essential object of study, but...Read more

Exploring STS Corpuses Using PANDORÆ

This article presents PANDORÆ, a free and open-source software designed to retrieve, normalize and explore datasets from sources such as bibliometric services (Scopus), social-media APIs (Twitter) and web crawling solutions (Hyphe). While some existing tools focus on co-occurrence networks,...Read more

Platforms For Experimental Collaborative Ethnography And STS

This presentation will share the history, purpose and projects of the Platform for Experimental, Collaborative Ethnography (PECE, pronounced “peace”), open source software designed with STS perspective. While originally designed to provide digital workspace for the Asthma Files (a cluster of...Read more

Life In The Trading Zone Of Digital STS

The last two decades have seen digital STS engaging with a range of computational techniques for data harvesting, analysis and visualization. Inevitably, this has created new patterns of collaboration between STS and adjacent fields, as well as new types of projects that attempt to combine digital...Read more

Transforming Code Into Voice: Toward A Material Semiotic Critical Code Studies Of Weizenbaum’s ELIZA Program

This paper takes up an exploration of the use of critical code studies in STS. I argue that STS methods call for a different use of critical code studies from the ways in which it has been primarily used in the digital humanities and literary code studies (Marino, 2014). Instead, I propose weaving...Read more

The Privatization Of Health-Related Online Data And Its Methodological And Ethical Implications

Whereas the availability and relative ease with which health-related online information can be provided, collected, and re-used have led to important debates regarding the meaning of informed consent in scientific research, less attention has been paid thus far to platform owners’ claims to...Read more

Inhabiting The Algorithm. The Making Of A Smartphone App To Explore How People Became Habituated To Algorithmic Profiling And Recommendation Systems

This paper presents some findings of the interdisciplinary project ‘Algorithmic Identities.’ This project was devised to study how people feel, react and thematise the extraction of digital data and algorithmic inferences about their personhoods. Considering the proprietary, opaque and inscrutable...Read more

Researching Medicinal Cannabis In Internet Archives

In this presentation, I will present first results from the ongoing research project Controversial Healings, which investigates the evolution of discourses about medicinal cannabis on the Danish Internet since 2000. The project uses data from the Danish Internet Archive Netarkivet to shed light on...Read more

New Perspectives In Digital Platform Governance: Qualitative Studies Of Open Access Platforms

We propose a set of three new conceptual tools to analyse the role of digital platform ‘insiders’, adding to debates on the understanding of digital governance as a socially embedded phenomenon through the study of open access academic platforms. Rather than framing these debates as a confrontation...Read more

Code Ethnography And The Materiality Of Power In Digital Communication Infrastructures

The aim of this paper is to introduce code ethnography, a method to examine code as a sociotechnical artifact, in consideration of its inherent social, political and economic implications. It aims to help social science scholars capture critical aspects of digital communication infrastructures that...Read more
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