Know Your Terrorist Credit Score

How are our lives being changed by the rise of machine learning, big data and predictive analytics? Why are the models of 20th century privacy and transparency struggling to keep up? In this talk, Kate Crawford considers the intimate landscapes of data prediction, and discusses why we urgently need a strong framework for data ethics.

 Speaker: Kate Krawford / @katekrawford
Date: 17th of June Friday
Location: Mobile World Centre in Plaça Catalunya
Free access. Registration required.

 This event is organized by:
RMIT Barcelona
Mediaccions Research Group
UOC-Telefónica Chair in Design and Multimedia Creation

ECSA 2016 and the future of citizen science

Liebe readers,

I just came back from a vibrant 3-day conference in Berlin by the European Citizen Science Association. Sitting at the gloomy hacklab of the autonomous social center ELI La Clandestina, I will attempt to outline my experience as an academic interested in public participation, but also as a citizen working with science and technology on a communal and political level.


As an academic, the conference represented a great overview of the vast and heterogeneous landscape of citizen science. As a brief introduction, the notion is generally related to participation, alternative expertise and the inclusion of particular publics in the processes of science and technology. In the past two decades, the practices and formation of communities around citizen science have largely increased with the introduction of digital infrastructures, to a point where it is difficult to talk about it without mentioning other notions such as wisdom of the crowds, big data or smart citizens. As I understood, this is also the general vision of the European Union commission, which has made citizen science one of the key frameworks in its agenda on open science and data-driven innovation – the transformation and opening up of science through ICTs (Open Science, EU). ECSA 2016 and the future of citizen science

Call for papers

Thinking about art from the prism of speculation may involve the creation of alternative futures. Introducing doubt, babbling, the “what ifs”, counter-memory against the ideal need of a primal origin (or source of meaning where we recognise each other) and being open to discontinuity, chance and materiality in history means asking ourselves if it is possible to both make and think about art in different ways. Call for papers

Salud, Emociones y Género

La Dra. Ana M. González Ramos participará el XX Congreso Internacional del Instituto Universitario de Estudios  Feministas y de Género “Purificación Escribano” en la sesión: “Bienestar psicosocial en el trabajo y género” moderada por Eva Cifre Gallego (Universitat Jaume I) y conformada por Esther López Zafra (Universidad de Jaén), Eva Garrosa Hernández (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) y Mónica Segovia Pérez (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos).

Ana presentará: “Mujeres y Carreras Profesionales: Una Carrera Sin Fin” Salud, Emociones y Género

Future makers

An ethnography within the design processes of smart things/smart citizens and their visions of future

The 2nd of May took place Débora Lanzeni’s oral defence at IN3-UOC in Castelldefels, Barcelona.  Congrats,  a brand-new  Phd. at mediaccions!

Her doctoral thesis examines the entanglement of material processes by focusing in the ordinary processes of designing smart technologies in the so-called “Internet of Things” and Smart City project in Europe, analyzing how visions of future and moral values are intermingled in the creation of digital technologies.

lanzenivivavoce Future makers

Cada uno lucha por lo que ama, luchar por todos no es más que una consecuencia.

Digital Materialities in Barcelona!

El miércoles 24 de Febrero presentamos el libro en Barcelona. Jo Tacchi directora en investigación e inovación del RMIT Europa y las editoras Sarah Pink, Elisenda Ardévol y Débora Lanzeni introducirán la temática e invitarán a la discusión a los autores asistentes y participantes. Esperamos poder compartir con vosotros este momento y celebrarlo colectivamente en el RMIT Europe.

digital materialities Digital Materialities in Barcelona!

Recordar y olvidar en la cultura digital

Tesis doctoral de Vanina Hofman, UOC, 15 de  Enero 2016 FELICIDADES!

En una época en la cual el debate sobre la preservación, la memoria, y el olvido están a la orden del  día,  esta  investigación  se  cuestiona  la  linealidad  y  transparencia  de  los  procesos  por  los cuales  se  preservan  y  transmiten  los  productos  culturales;  los  agentes  heterogéneos involucrados en esos procesos y los espacios que articulan.  Recordar y olvidar en la cultura digital

Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) – RMIT University