Astro Noise: A survival guide for living under total surveillance

Documentary film maker Laura Poitra's exhibit in the Whitney Museum presented an immersive installation covering issues of mass surveillance, the war on terror, Guantánamo Bay, occupation, the US drone program and torture. Some of these issues have been investigated in her films, including Citizenfour, which won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary, and in …

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SMC media roundup

This is a collection of some of our researchers' quotes, mentions, or writings in mainstream media. Topics include Facebook's supposed neutral community standards, sharing economy workers uniting to protest, living under surveillance and relational labor in music. Tarleton Gillespie in the Washington Post --> The Big Myth Facebook needs everyone to believe And yet, observers …

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Re-assembling the Assembly Line: Digital Labor Economies and Demands for an Ambient Workforce

Watch Mary Gray's talk at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society where she discusses her findings from a two-year collaborative study on crowdwork --“the process of taking tasks that would normally be delegated to an employee and distributing them to a large pool of online workers, the ‘crowd,’ in the form of an open call." In …

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The Future of Work

The Pacific Standard magazine has been running a series where academics, business leaders, technologists and labor leaders have contributed to the discussion on the most consequential changes in labor and the future of work. We invite you to read the contributions from members of our SMC family. "Caring for the Crowdworker going at it alone"  …

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Presentation; Between Platforms and Community: Moderators on Reddit

Presentation by intern Nathan Matias on the project he worked on during the summer at the SMC. He has continued to work on his research, so in case you have not read it here is a more updated post on his work: Followup: 10 Factors Predicting Participation in the Reddit Blackout. Building Statistical Models of …

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Co-creation and Algorithmic Self-Determination: A study of player feedback on game analytics in EVE Online

We are happy to share SMC's intern Aleena Chia's presentation of her summer project titled "Co-creation and Algorithmic Self-Determination: A study of player feedback on game analytics in EVE Online".   Aleena's project summary and the videos of her presentation below: Digital games are always already information systems designed to respond to players’ inputs with …

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Reading list on the digital divide/digital inclusion

The Social Media Collective extended family compiled a bibliography on the digital divide (including gender gaps) and ICTD. Thanks to all of those who contributed!   Allen, Steven G. 2001. "Technology and the Wage Structure." Journal of Labor Economics 19:440-483. Anderson, B. 2005. "The value of mixed-method longitudinal panel studies in ICT research." Information, Communication & Society 8:343-367. …

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Today– Online event with Mary L. Gray @3pm (ET) on labor and the sharing economy

Join us today, Thursday July 9 at 3pm ET (9pm CET), to listen to SMC's Mary L. Gray on a special Theory of Everything's online discussion on life in the sharing economy. Benjamen Walker and Andrew Callaway, the official Theory of Everything instapoder, will also be hosting. Mary is currently researching labor and the sharing economy in the Social …

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