Feb
29
Thu
Data Journalism After the COVID-19 Pandemic @ Online
Feb 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Data Journalism After the COVID-19 Pandemic @ Online

Jingrong Tong (University of Sheffield)

This event is part of the CAMRI Seminar series. The current event is an online via Zoom event only.

Data journalism took off around 2008 and became increasingly integrated into the 24/7 news cycle before the pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a rapid increase in the number of data stories published by news media, data journalism flourished. However, the sustainable development of data journalism is uncertain after the pandemic ends. On one hand, the new data reporting techniques, skills, and experiences learned during the pandemic provide an excellent foundation for data journalism to thrive further. The benefits derived from employing extensive data journalism practices in newsrooms would be a good reason for news media to continue their investment in data reporting. On the other hand, however, challenges, ranging from the uncertainty of data and public concerns about data privacy to organisational structures and cultures, may hinder data journalism’s further development. This talk analyses the situation data journalists face after the pandemic and explores opportunities and challenges for the development of data journalism. The talk is drawn from interviews and publicly available data such as data stories and online resources.

Biography

Dr Jingrong Tong is Senior Lecturer in Digital News Cultures at the University of Sheffield. She is the author of Data for Journalism: Between Transparency and Accountability and seven other books. Her current research focuses on media freedom, the impact of digital technology on journalism, and social media communication of social issues.

 

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Mar
14
Thu
Algorithms of Resistance: The Everyday Fight Against Platform Power @ University of Westminster (Room: UG04)
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Algorithms of Resistance: The Everyday Fight Against Platform Power @ University of Westminster (Room: UG04) | England | United Kingdom

Emiliano Treré (Cardiff University)

This event is part of the CAMRI Seminar series. The current event is an in person/on campus event only.

In an age where algorithms shape our every interaction, understanding how to navigate and resist their influence is crucial. This talk is based on the findings of a 5-year research project that culminated in the book “Algorithms of Resistance: The Everyday Fight against Platform Power” (co-written with T. Bonini for MIT Press, 2024). I will shed light on how global workers, influencers, and activists develop tactics of algorithmic resistance by appropriating and repurposing the same algorithms that control our lives. Through rich ethnographic insights spanning the Global North and the South, this talk unveils how we are not harmless against algorithmic power. At the same time, I caution about not romanticizing algorithmic resistance considering the profound power imbalance inherent in the platform society.

Biopgraphy

Emiliano Treré is a Reader in Data Agency and Media Ecologies and Director of International Development at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture. He’s a widely cited author in digital activism, critical data/algorithm studies and digital disconnection with a focus on Latin America and the Global South. He co-founded the ‘Big Data from the South’ Initiative and co-directs the Data Justice Lab. His monograph Hybrid Media Activism (Routledge, 2019) won the Outstanding Book Award of the ICA Interest Group ‘Activism, Communication and Social Justice’. Data Justice (Sage, 2022), his latest co-authored book, was the runner up of the Sage Social Justice Book Award. His latest co-authored book, Algorithms of Resistance (MIT Press, 2024), explores collective forms of power, agency and resistance in the platform society. For more info on his work: emilianotrere.com.

 

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May
2
Thu
Young Women Then and Now: Music and Subculture Revisited @ University of Westminster (Room: UG04)
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Young Women Then and Now: Music and Subculture Revisited @ University of Westminster (Room: UG04) | England | United Kingdom

Angela McRobbie (Goldsmiths, University of London)

This event is part of the CAMRI Seminar series. The current event is an in person/on campus event only.

In this lecture Angela McRobbie reflects on issues raised by her new book which re-prints her Birmingham CCCS essays of the 1970s and also includes 4 chapters of update on music, magazines, vintage fashion and youth culture.

Biography

Angela McRobbie is a Fellow of the British Academy and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Glasgow University. Her research expertise is on the creative economy and the fashion industry with reference to the small-scale independent sector.

Angela is also a feminist social and cultural theorist looking at the gendered dynamics of contemporary neoliberal society. Angela’s research, spanning more than four decades, has been translated into many languages

 

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Jun
27
Thu
Regulating Digital Media in the Global South: What Are the Challenges? @ University of Westminster
Jun 27 – Jun 28 all-day
Regulating Digital Media in the Global South: What Are the Challenges? @ University of Westminster | England | United Kingdom

The last 20 years have seen an exponential increase in the production and uses of digital media content by a large and important young political generation. These digital media platforms have the potential to create positive social, cultural and economic change. However, the centralised structure of these platforms often leads to tax evasion and disregard for local laws, with countries in the global South being particularly susceptible to exploitation by such platforms which exploit long-standing colonial power structures to enhance their profits and obscure transparency.  Media regulatory laws in countries of the global South have found it difficult to contend with this new digital colonialism, and often lack the institutional capacities and frameworks for effective regulation of digital media content.

This two-day international conference, organised by the University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), brings together media academics, media regulators, policy makers and civil society groups to discuss and debate the key challenges facing countries of the global South in regulating digital media in the age of the Internet. The conference will focus on how media regulators, civil society groups, and other public stakeholders can come together to tackle the complexities of digitalization.

The conference will include keynotes by media regulators and academics, plenaries, round tables and workshops led by experts in media regulation.

 

Call For Papers – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 21st FEBRUARY

The conference invites papers/ interventions that tackle the following key questions:

  • What are the main challenges facing global South media regulators in the digital age?
  • How can a broader alliance from countries of the global South lead to a stronger regulation of digital media content?
  • What unique South-to-South perspectives and contributions to digital media regulation are there?
  • What are the challenges for Data/AI governance from a Global South perspective?
  • What measures have been taken by media regulators in the global South to tackle the problem of misinformation?
  • What research methods are relied upon to examine digital media use in countries of the global South and what ethical issues are raised for researchers and media regulators?
  • How does media activism in the global South tackle the question of media regulation?
  • How can we regulate digital media content without stifling creativity and freedom of expression?
  • What new platforms are emerging from the global South, and how might these challenge present forms of regulation in both the South and the North?

 

Conference fees and registration

This two-day conference, taking place on 27-28th June 2024, will consist of keynotes from the global South, plenaries and parallel workshops. The fee for registration for all participants, including presenters, will be £150, with a concessionary rate of £50 for students, to cover all conference documentation, refreshments and administration costs.

Registration is now open

 

Deadline for abstracts

The deadline for abstracts is 21st of February 2024. Successful applicants will be notified early in March 2024. Abstracts should be 300 words. They must include the presenter’s name, affiliation, and email and postal addresses, together with the title of the paper and a 150-word biographical note on the presenter. Please send all these items together in a single Word file, not as pdf, and entitle the file and message with ‘CAMRI 2024’ followed by your surname. Send the file by email to Professor Tarik Sabry: sabryt@westminster.ac.uk and Dr Doug Specht: d.specht@westminster.ac.uk

Participants fund their own travel and accommodation expenses.

 

Publication

There will be various openings for publication of selected conference papers, which will be discussed further after the conference.

 

Keynote Speakers

Professor María Soledad Segura, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC)
Keynote; “Digital rights and digital media in the Global South. Lessons from media regulation reforms and participatory communication policy institutions in Latin America”

 

Professor viola milton, University of South Africa

Keynote: “Networking Relational Accountability?: towards relational, pluriversal approaches to digital media governance”

 

Professor Paola Ricaurte Quijano, TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, Mexico  

Keynote; “Algorithmic Governmentality: A Latin American Perspective.” 

 

Professor Naomi Sakr, University of Westminster, UK

Keynote: “Who prevails? Resistance to Arab cybercrime laws amid global ambiguity on cybersecurity”

 

Professor Winston Mano, University of Westminster, UK

Workshop: Regulating Tech in Africa: Emerging Trends, Issues and Concerns

 

Dr Andrea Medrado, University of Westminster, UK

Workshop: “Applying Latin American Participatory Action Research (PAR) to Critical Data and AI Studies”

 

 Tim Davies, Connected by Data, UK 

Workshop: “Public voice and the governance of data and AI in the global south: exploring narratives and potential practice?”

 

Professor Guy Berger, Rhodes University, South Africa

Keynote: “The question is who is to be master — that’s all”.  Applying Humpty Dumpty’s dictum to digital governance in the Global South. 

 

 

 

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