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Big Data 175 event: Frank Pasquale/Evelyn Ruppert "Big Data Futures"

175th anniversary
Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:45 PM – 8:30 PM
Biosciences Complex
Room: Room 1102
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Venue: Biosciences Complex, Room 1102 – 6:30pm
A reception will be held prior to the panel at 5:45pm

The digital worlds that we inhabit in our everyday lives are organized by myriad digital devices and infrastructures. From tablets, smartphones, and computers to watches, health trackers and so on, digital devices open up and close down the possibilities of what we can and cannot do as we can interact, transact, connect and communicate. At the same time, they generate enormous volumes of data about our movements, locations, preferences, associations, activities, interests, encounters, and private and public relationships. In doing so they can powerfully shape and have consequences for who we are as both individuals and collectives.

The March 23 panel discussion addresses these issues.

Evelyn Ruppert is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She studies the sociology of data specifically in relation to how different kinds of data are constituted and mobilised to enact and govern populations. Her book Being Digital Citizens (authored with Engin Isin) is available in the Campus Bookstore.

Frank Pasquale (University of Maryland) is an expert on the law of big data, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and algorithms. He is the author of The Black Box Society (available in the Campus Bookstore).


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