Race, Policing, and Computing: Project Green Light

Discussed in this post: Race, Policing, and Detroit's Project Green Lighthttp://esc.umich.edu/project-green-light/ Yesterday the Wayne County Prosecutor publicly apologized to the first American known to be wrongfully arrested via facial recognition algorithm: a black man arrested earlier this year by the Detroit Police. The statement cited the unreliability of software, especially as applied to people of …

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New op-ed from Mary L. Gray, on the vital human labor behind contact tracing

In a new op-ed, published yesterday in The Hill, Mary L. Gray and her co-authors argue for the importance of human labor behind contact tracing and argue for a more human-centered approach in current tech strategies. As the Center for Disease Control (CDC) plans to massively scale up testing and contact-tracing for COVID-19, Gray argues …

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For hard-pressed profs and agitated grads: videos and podcasts from the Social Media Collective, suitable for online classes

Many of our colleagues in academia have had to very quickly migrate their teaching online, in response to changes made by their universities in addressing the coronavirus. This can be so much work - our hats off to everyone who has done so gracefully and ingeniously. An online course can be a lot of hours …

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SMC news: two new articles from Desmond Patton and his SafeLab team

We're thrilled that Desmond Patton, associate professor in the School of Social Work at Columbia University, is visiting us for the first half of 2020. He's a rare bird in our field, able both to explain the importance of cultural contexts in data science techniques to technical experts, and to do the important ethnographic work …

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SMC news: an essay in the new Fake News collection, and a podcast interview

A new edited collection from Melissa Zimdars and Kembrew McLeod called Fake News: Understanding Media and Misinformation in the Digital Age (published by MIT Press, with a clever cover) includes an essay from me called "Platforms Throw Content Moderation at Every Problem." It's just one of many excellent essays, I recommend you check out the …

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announcing The Digital City – a new book from Germaine Halegoua

We're happy to announce the publication of Germaine Halegoua's new book from NYU Press, The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Urban Place. (You can read an excerpt published by Flaunt Magazine, or an interview with Germaine about the book.) Five case studies from global and mid-sized cities around the world illustrate the …

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An Internet for the People – First Chapter Preview

I'm delighted to share that my new book, An Internet for the People: The Politics and Promise of craigslist, is out now from Princeton University Press. This book considers the vision of a single platform as instructive for thinking about the future of the web: craigslist. Over its 22 year history, craigslist has grown into …

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Mary Gray, new report on the future of work

Join us in congratulating Senior Principal Researcher and Social Media Collective member Mary Gray, for two achievements this week! Yesterday, the Digital Future Society released a report this week called “The Future of Work in the Digital Era: The Rise of Labour Platforms.” Mary co-authored the report with the other members of the Equitable Growth …

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Applications are due Dec. 1, for the Social Media Collective postdoc. Here’s how to apply!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2019 The Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England (MSRNE) is looking for a social media postdoctoral researcher (anticipated start date: July 2020). This position is an ideal opportunity for a scholar whose work draws on communication, media studies, anthropology, sociology, and/or science and technology studies to bring empirical and …

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