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Injustices of Digital Disruption: More Tepid Policy or a Radical Democratic Turn?

Date: April 4, 2019

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: BMC 5.208

robin mansell

This lecture examines a fundamentally important question for the future of society. Is there ever likely to be an effective challenge to the pursuit of wealth through inequitable mass individualization? The ‘platformization of everything’ – by Google, Baidu, Facebook, Amazon, and a few others –  is implicated in the spread of misinformation and in the deepening of many kinds of inequalities.

Robin explores reasons for the persistence of cautious and relatively weak policy responses to platform power and whether a turn to radical democratic theory and practice might help to promote policy responses that work as a counterpoint to platform dominance.

Presented by the Technology and Information Policy Institute and the Digital Media Speaker Series as part of the Media Studies Colloquium.

Regulation and Responsibility: The Dynamic Global Landscape for Privacy, Data Protection, and Technology

Date: March 11, 2019

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Engineering Education and Research Center Mulva Auditorium

Julie Brill 2017

Good Systems is hosting a fireside chat with Julie Brill, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, and Professor Sharon Strover from the Moody College of Communication.

Brill is a former FTC commissioner and is widely regarded as a data privacy and protection expert. As an FTC Commissioner, she worked intensively on the wave of new privacy issues accompanying technology changes including the Internet of Things (IoT) and the data brokering industry, and she also anticipated many of the current problems with algorithm-driven systems. Brill has called for more citizen-consumer choice in how personal data are used and stored and will be sharing some of her thoughts and knowledge with us on March 11 on the UT campus.

Human-Machine Networks: Working Together or Working Apart?

Date: March 7, 2019

Location: 3:30 p.m.


Join TIPI as we welcome Eric Meyer as the new dean of the School of Information! Eric will talk about Human-Machine networks.

The story of society is inextricably bound with the rise of tools and machines. In the digital age, the machines we have created have become immensely powerful on the one hand, but are limited in many ways. This talk uses examples from research over the last decade including citizen science, digital scholarship, crisis response, and knowledge creation on the internet to explore how humans and machines work jointly and independently in complex socio-technical assemblages.

Beyond the Written Text: Visual Communication & Academic Research

Date: February 21, 2019

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: BMC 5.208

Nico Carpentier
Nico Carpentier is Docent at Charles University in Prague, Professor at Uppsala University, and Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB – Free University of Brussels). This talk touches on the possibilities of communicating academic research through non-written texts. Methodologically and analytically grounded in Arts-Based Research (ABR), a series of experiments have investigated the possibilities of communicating communication and media studies research through the use of photography, installation, and exhibition. Two main case studies will be discussed.

The Ethical Operating System: How Not to Regret the Things You Build with Sam Woolley

Date: January 29, 2019

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Lady Bird Johnson Room, CMA 5.136


The current wave of computational propaganda has taken the world by surprise. Technology firms, policymakers, journalists and the general public are scrambling to respond to the societal threats posed by disinformation and politically motivated trolling. This talk outlines one method for responding to these issues. It describes and presents the Ethical Operating System (, a toolkit for anticipating future uses of technology.

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