Values in Algorithms, Clips and Replicators

Cathy O’Neill tells us that ‘algorithms are opinions, embedded in code‘. She is correct of course, and this is something that those of us researching social media and digital technologies in general know for quite some time. An informational system, especially metricated system, is programmed with certain values in mind. Those are dual values: the ...

Conspiracies bubbling

Conspiracies bubbling
Had a lot of fun at the DMI Winter School 2017 last week, where I ended up pitching a sub-project about re-imagining US elections filter bubble through conspiracy theories. All of the different bubble projects were masterfully coordinated by Michael Stevenson, and the results were rather interesting. Following the lead of Shannon Mattern‘s earlier pitch ...

Defending my Doctoral Dissertation 1

Defending my Doctoral Dissertation
Tomorrow I will dress up in ridiculous clothing, stand in a room full of dead white dudes portraits and defend my doctoral dissertation “Uniquitous Cartography: Casual Power in Digital Maps”. The even will take place at the Academigebouw Utrecht, 14:30 sharp. You can read more about it on the UU’s website. Everyone’s welcome! This has ...

Waze, Wars, Wanton Disregard for User Privacy 1

Waze, Wars, Wanton Disregard for User Privacy
I’ve decided to jot some things down about the recent Israeli Waze-featured controversy. While the main facts have been reported in the English language Isaraeli and international press, there were certain aspects reported in Hebrew that are of interest for those researching digital maps. The Facts. On the night Monday, February 29, 2016, two Israeli ...

From Google to Waze and Back, or Here Comes the Drivenger

From Google to Waze and Back, or Here Comes the Drivenger
Here’s a prolonged deliberation on agency, design, cars and the future rise of drivengers, that will drive/ride automatic cars. It’s an attempt to make heads or tails out of the uneasy relationship that technologies behind mapping conglomerates have with cars and the movement of cars in space. There are two main actors in this post ...

Maps Under Fire

Maps Under Fire
I’m doing my field work in Israel ATM, a usually complicated affair that is being even more complicated by constant rocket alarms, running to cover and consequent booms that characterize the current round of conflict. I’m super busy and this blogs suffers, but such is field work. In any case, this website, called Tzeva Adom ...

Colonizing the (pre-cognitive) Quotidian

Colonizing the (pre-cognitive) Quotidian
As I was writing a paragraph on what David Berry calls the ‘pre-thought’ or the ‘pre-cognitive’ and how it relates to my own ideas on the casual, I needed to cite his most recent book on critical theory (As customary and proper in academic work). I am a big fan of Zotero and use it ...

Conference | SMART Cognitive Science 2015

Cognitive Science conference next year in Amsterdam with two interesting workshops: -Embodied Cognition, Art and Affordances Organizers: Julian Kiverstein and Erik Rietveld   -Games and Cognition Organizer: Nina Gierasimczuk Conference | SMART Cognitive Science.

What Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Means from a Playful Perspective

What Facebook ‘Nearby Friends' Means from a Playful Perspective
Well, it means that Facebook is further tapping into What Brian Sutton-Smith calls ‘the rhetoric of play as the imaginary’ – whereas playfulness is associated with creativity, discovery and serendipity. Facebook rolled out an opt-in update that allows people to track and be tracked via the app, capitalising on the potential of running into your ...

Critical Ways of Seeing – 21-22/5/2014 | Radical Media Forum

Critical Ways of Seeing – 21-22/5/2014 | Radical Media Forum. An interesting event at Goldsmiths, I think I’m going: Two Day Symposium and Master Class with Dr Philippe Rekacewicz (Head Geographer & Cartographer, Le Monde Diplomatique), Giulio Frigieri (Infographics, The Guardian), Alfredo Cramerotti (Mostyn, Wales’ Contemporary Art Centre), Mushon Zer-Aviv (Media Activist, Tel Aviv/New York), Galia Offri (Artist/Tel ...