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Participation, Proprietary Media, and Dataveillance in the Smart City @ Sarah Lawrence College

I’ll be participating in a panel on “Surveillance Research and Action: Approaches to Information Freedom” this Tuesday (April 15th) at 7pm at Sarah Lawrence College. My talk will be on Participation, Proprietary Media, and Dataveillance in the Smart City. Details below:

ToPrint_Panel_PosterDear SLC community,

Please join us for a lively panel discussion about online surveillance with three leading activists and researchers, moderated by our own Mike Siff (Computer Science).

Surveillance Research and Action: Approaches to Information Freedom
Tuesday, April 15, 7 – 9 pm, Pillow Room, Esther Raushenbush Library

Our online activities are regularly tracked by corporations and government agencies, yet what are the implications for our daily lives? Is there such a thing as privacy online? With corporations as gatekeepers of digital tools and information, is there such a thing as internet freedom? Panelists will share their research and years of experience in anti-surveillance activism, and discuss strategies to avoid surveillance, advance information freedom, and engage in techno-activism.

Panelists:

  • Carolyn Anhalt, Internews, Berkeley Institute for Free Speech Online
  • Gregory T. Donovan, Saint Peter’s University
  • Sandra Ordonez, OpenITP/Techno Activism 3rd Monday

This event is part of the Perspectives on Place and Power Film & Lecture Series
Generously sponsored by the Student Senate

Please follow the live Twitter feed during the panel! @youtweetSLC #tweetSLC

Cybercity | Governance | Methodology | Participation | Posts | Privatization

Configuring a ‘Right to the City’ with a ‘Right to Research’: Towards a Participatory Smart Urbanism

I’ll be participating in the “Thinking the ‘smart city’: power, politics and networked urbanism” sessions (see Session I and Session II) at this year’s Association of American Geographers. Info and abstract below:

Title: Configuring a ‘Right to the City’ with a ‘Right to Research’: Towards a Participatory Smart Urbanism
Author: Gregory T. Donovan
Time: 04/10/14, 10:00AM
Place: Tampa

Abstract:
In this paper I draw on participatory research and design work with NYC youth to consider a ‘right to the city’ and a ‘right to research’ as deeply intertwined ontological and epistemological movements that can reconfigure the production of space and knowledge in the Smart City. Much of urban informatics has been defined by large-scale ecosystems of data that are privately owned and operated by corporations and/or governments. I historically situate these “proprietary ecologies” in a neoliberal logic of privatization operating in cities to spatially orient urban life towards capital accumulation via tactics such as zoning, policing, and enclosure. In studying the unevenness of such development, some scholars have argued for the right of everyday people to be represented in the social material configuration of our cities, while others have argued for a right of these same people to be represented in the aims and methods of contemporary research. Urban youth, in particular, populate proprietary ecologies with troves of data through their daily habits. Yet, they are among the least engaged in shaping how, where, and for what purposes, this research is conducted. I review two youth-based projects intended to shift this dynamic: one that developed an open-source social network, and one that maintains a local mesh network. These projects help consider how broader calls for rights to the city and research play out in the practical yet powerful ways youth are remaking the social material (and thus entailed, digital) configuration of smart urbanism.

Education | Methodology | Participation | Posts

Call for JITP5: Media and Methods for Opening Education

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
Special Issue: Media and Methods for Opening Education
Submissions Due: October 20, 2013

Editors: Gregory T. Donovan and Suzanne Tamang

JITP welcomes work that explores critical and creative uses of interactive technology in teaching, learning, and research. For Issue 5, we are seeking submissions under the theme of “Media and Methods for Opening Education.” This theme invites submissions that critically and creatively consider both media and methods that open up traditional educational settings to more democratic and diverse modes of learning and knowledge production.

We are particularly interested in papers that express intriguing and promising ideas, demonstrate new media forms or educational software tools, or focus on research methods for opening education. Possible submission topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The development, implementation, and/or evaluation of pedagogical practices that draw on Open Education Resources (OER).
  • Explorations of Open Access, Open Source, and/or Open Data initiatives that address matters of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability.
  • Critical considerations of corporate or proprietary media in pedagogical practices.
  • Feminist media and methodologies for challenging patriarchal structures in education.
  • Analyses of both the educational media and practices of civic movements such as the Free University, Occupy Data, or CryptoParty.
  • Hackathon methodologies: tools and practices.
  • Critical and participatory approaches to facilitating MOOCs.
  • Engaging local communities in public research and/or education through civic media.
  • Interactive platforms and practices that queer traditional educational boundaries between teacher/student as well as inside/outside the classroom, unfixing these binaries so as to reconsider our norms and what they leave unsaid.
  • Critical appropriations of queer, feminist and/or radical praxis to address ITP matters such as universal access.
  • Visualizing research products for diverse publics.
  • Best practices for collaborating in heterogeneous spaces.
  • Anti-disciplinary approaches to problem solving and the public domain.

In addition to traditional long-form articles with a suggested limit of 8,000 words, we invite submissions of audio or visual presentations, interviews, dialogues, or conversations, creative works, manifestos, jeremiads or other scholarly materials. All submissions are subject to an open review process. Submissions received that do not fall under the specific theme of Issue 5, but do fall under the broader theme of JITP, will be considered for publication in a future issue.

Important Dates

The submission deadline for the Spring 2014 issue is October 20, 2013. When submitting using our Open Journal Systems software, under “Journal Section,” please select the section titled “Issue 5: Special Issue.” Submission instructions are here.

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