Category Archives: digital

Analysing Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Database

Amnesty International have just published the results of a data sprint about their historical database of Urgent Actions, which I coordinated as part of the Digital Methods Initiative Summer School 2016. A selection of outcomes published by Amnesty International can be found here. A selection of further materials from the Summer School project can be […]

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Digital Methods Winter School 2017 on “Data Infrastructures: Database Stories, Dumps and Query Driven Narratives”, University of Amsterdam, 9-13th January 2017

I’m involved in co-organising the 2017 edition of the annual Digital Methods Initiative Winter School which is on the theme of “Data Infrastructures: Database Stories, Dumps and Query Driven Narratives”. I’ll be speaking at the event alongside Professor Geoffrey Bowker (School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine), who is one of the […]

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Who Will Shape the Future of the Data Society?

This piece was cross-posted on the blog of the International Open Data Conference 2016, which takes place in Madrid on 6-7th October 2016, as well as on the Open Knowledge International Blog, the LSE Impact Blog and the Institute for Policy Research Blog. The contemporary world is held together by a vast and overlapping fabric […]

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Prize Fellowship at University of Bath

This month I’ll be starting a new Prize Fellowship at the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath. The Prize Fellowships mark fifty years since the founding of the university in 1966. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to develop the research agenda that I’ve been working on around the politics of […]

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Joining Advisory Board of LSE Impact Blog at London School of Economics and Political Science

I’ve recently been invited to join the Advisory Board for the LSE Impact Blog, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The blog is one of the leading publications exploring how social science research is put to work in society. Further details about the new Advisory Board are available here, and you can […]

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New Paper: “Narrating Networks: Exploring the Affordances of Networks as Storytelling Devices in Journalism”

A journal article which I co-authored with Liliana Bounegru, Tommaso Venturini and Mathieu Jacomy has just been published in Digital Journalism. The title is “Narrating Networks: Exploring the Affordances of Networks as Storytelling Devices in Journalism”, and the abstract is copied below. An open access pre-print of the paper is available here, and a list […]

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Talks at “Policy-Making in the Big Data Era” conference, University of Cambridge, 17th June 2015

On Wednesday I will give three papers at the Policy-Making in the Big Data Era conference at the University of Cambridge. One paper will argue for a broadening of the politics of public information from a focus on the disclosure of datasets to the reshaping of data infrastructures. Another will look at the use and […]

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Towards a New Politics of Public Information: From Opening Up Datasets to Reshaping Data Infrastructures?

Today I’m giving a working paper exploring a politics of public information that goes beyond a focus on the disclosure of datasets and looks towards interventions into the data infrastructures through which they are produced. The paper was co-authored with Tim Davies at the University of Southampton and will be delivered at the Open Data […]

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Talk on “Using Data for Science Journalism” at International School of Science Journalism, 10th May 2015

Today Liliana Bounegru and I gave a talk at the International School of Science Journalism in Erice, Italy about the uses of data in science journalism. The slides from our talk are included below. In addition to the talk we ran a workshop on how to design data projects – which resulted in project briefs […]

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On Critical Theories and Digital Media

The following is a review of David M. Berry’s Critical Theory and the Digital (London: Bloomsbury, 2014) and Christian Fuchs’s Social Media: A Critical Introduction (London: Sage, 2014) which was published in Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy 2015, Issue 1: Pirates & Privateers. What might critical theory contribute to the study of digital media? And […]

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