Data – being part of the constituent elements of today’s quantified society – hold myriads of promises. As manifold these promises might be however they all link back to the same basic notion: that data will be able to make things, expressions, interactions – data enthusiasts might say everything – visible and understandable, for now to a certain degree at least. While there’s ongoing work to potentiate its possibilities, new socio-technical constellations emerge that make data even more embracing and permeating. Measuring the secret fibers of our very being by us and others has become a part of data reality. Just think of Fitbits [Read more…]
Known as an institution with a divers approach to research culture in it’s manifold manifestations the GCSC (International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture) recently held the Surveillance Cultures Conference to focus on surveillance by putting it into perspective as a cultural phenomenon. Designed as an international event, the conference took place at the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen (Germany) from July 6th to July 7th, 2017.
In order to study practices of creative software engineering, I have decided to do ethnographies on hackathons. I was at several of such events and have just returned from my last expedition into that peculiar realm of self realization, participation, technical playfulness, and, often claimed by the organizers to be most important, fun. However, there are three experiences from those expeditions, which I want to highlight and share. [Read more…]
In mid-March 2017 the SIGCIS meeting took place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View which is as close to San Francisco as to the Silicon Valley giants. The topic of the SIGCIS17 was “Command Lines: Software, Power and Performance”.