A seminar series presented by the Edinburgh Futures Institute in association with Science Technology and Innovation Studies
The extraordinary growth and pervasiveness of born-digital ‘big data’ from administrative and commercial systems, and the deployment of ‘data science’ is generating fierce controversy. For example, over the unprecedented dataveillance powers provided by the UK Investigatory Powers Act; Concerns over how to regulate AI; profiling and sorting of immigrants using social media data; the ‘sharing’ of large-scale data sets of health records without consent; the use of social media platforms to spread political propaganda; and the protests, court cases and legislation around algorithmically-mediated services such as Uber or Airbnb.
This series of research-led seminars will provide insights from leading researchers across the University of Edinburgh, addressing issues that will shape future ‘data-led’ innovation, a key strategic theme of the Edinburgh Futures Institute, the Usher Institute and the Bayes Institute. Each seminar will include two talks, and provide time for discussion. The series can be followed by postgraduate students for credit, and student participants will work to map the issues and relationships between identified in the seminars, and future directions for research and policy activities.
Upcoming Events (2022)
Friday 28 January – 15:00-17:30pm – The Surveillance Influence Infrastructure – the material politics of targeted advertising, and its uses and misuses by government – featuring Prof Donald MacKenzie & Dr Ben Collier
Friday 04 February – 15:00-17:30pm – Privacy, Agency and COVID tracking: East Asia Perspectives – featuring Prof Charles Raab, Dr Fumi Kitagawa & Dr Morgan Currie