[acc-cca-l] Decimal Speakers Series, Jan 28 5:30-7:30PM Toronto

Isabel Pedersen Isabel.Pedersen at uoit.ca
Mon Dec 17 10:33:55 MST 2018

Invitation to the Decimal Lab Speakers Series at the Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto.

Please join us on January 28, 2019, 5:30PM, we will feature two speakers:

Andrew Iliadis, PhD, Assistant Professor, Temple University, "Semantic Media: Who's Building Meaning into our Machines?"

Since Google declared, in a 2012 blog post, that they would begin focusing on "things, not strings" there has been renewed interest in semantically enhancing web data. As the amount of data on the internet grows, there is a need to structure those data to produce semantic interoperability and increase understanding. To this end, tools like metadata schemas, knowledge graphs, and applied ontologies are experiencing a resurgence. Yet, along with increasing our ability to make sense of data through semanticization, there are identifiable problems related to interoperability that may negatively impact people, practices, and places. This talk explores semantic media technologies by asking if they are appropriate for modeling all kinds of knowledge, and how such modeling affects access and control?

Tero Karppi, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, "Disconnect. Facebook's Futures?"

In his work, Tero Karppi focuses on disconnections in social media and network culture. His book, Disconnect: Facebook's Affective Bonds has been published by University of Minnesota Press (2018). Karppi is interested in understanding our culture of connectivity through different platforms and their operations - especially when they fail - and puts emphasis on the non-human actors and agencies involved. Thus he tries to challenge and find alternatives for models that aim to explain social media through user participation. More broadly his research interests include media theory, new and digital media, social media, algorithms, digital economy and affect theory. In his writings Karppi has explored different social media? platforms and mechanisms of extracting value out of users. He has analyzed social media related phenomena such as digital suicide, dead Facebook users and online trolls.

Date: Monday January 28, 2019
Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Place: Toronto, Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Ave. ground floor Atrium https://goo.gl/maps/m3YjQjE1jBv
Rsvp: free and open to the public. Let us know if you are coming so we can order cookies, rsvp: decimal.lab.uoit at gmail.com. Please circulate this invitation!

Host and Moderator:
Isabel Pedersen, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture Decimal Lab Director

UOIT is proud to acknowledge the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. We are situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation which includes Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi.
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