Slides from talk at Utrecht Data School: “An Epistemological Experiment: Issue Mapping, Data Journalism and the Public Understanding of Complex Issues”
Talk on Digital Methods and Data Journalism at the Data School, University of Utrecht, 27th November 2014
Further details about the talk are on the Data School’s website, and copied below.
The Utrecht Data School is proud to announce a guest lecture by Liliana Bounegru and Jonathan Gray. Their lecture will examine how new tools and methods from internet research and the social sciences might be used by digital journalists to improve coverage of complex issues. The talk is based on their work on this area as Fellows at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University.
The lecture will be held on Monday, 27 October 2014, 11.30 am to 12.30 am at Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal (room 0.05).
Slides and video for talk on “Mapping Issues with the Web: An Introduction to Digital Methods”, Columbia University
Following are the slides for the talk that Liliana Bounegru and I gave on “Mapping Issues with the Web: An Introduction to Digital Methods” at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University.
Leading sociologist Bruno Latour acted as respondent for the talk, and joined us for subsequent discussion.
A video recording from the talk is available here.
Paper on “Open Data and the Politics of Transparency” at European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference 2014, University of Glasgow
The original abstract for the talk was as follows:
In just a few years, open data has been established as a fundamental cornerstone of official transparency and accountability initiatives around the world – from US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s respective open government programmes, to the Open Government Partnership, to the G8 Open Data Charter launched in June 2013.
This paper will look at how open data initiatives are shaping the way that government and civil society actors think and talk about transparency – in particular examining at the political visions and theories of change which they promote. Through interviews with key actors and close readings of speeches, reports and other materials, it will look at how open data advocacy has contributed to a shift in official transparency discourse away from social justice and the needs of citizens, and towards technological innovation, public sector efficiency and economic growth.
The following piece is cross-posted from The Guardian.
The past few months have seen a significant backlash against government outsourcing and the privatisation of public services.
While its advocates continue to argue that outsourcing leads to increased competition, greater efficiency, reduced costs and better public services, citizens are currently deprived of the evidence that they’d need to be able to evaluate whether or not this is true for particular contracts.
Unfortunately it is very difficult to know what actually happens with a public contract unless you are the contractor or the budget holder as the paper trail of documents surrounding most outsourced projects are shrouded in secrecy.
This will be the twelfth language the book has been translated into so far. At the time of writing translations are also available and forthcoming in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, Georgian, Italian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.
The book is also currently used for teaching at more than twenty universities and higher educational institutions. If you hear of any other new translations or interesting uses of the book, please do get in touch.
I’ve just written a piece for Open Democracy about a new global campaign to stop secret government contracts, coordinated by the Open Knowledge Foundation. You can read it here and sign up to the campaign here.
My review of The Guardian journalist Luke Harding’s new book The Snowden Files in OpenDemocracy argues that the Snowden leaks are about much more than state surveillance.