[Air-L] LIVE STREAMS this week: Diakopoulos on Algorithms and the News // Costanza-Chock on Design Justice

Christian Sandvig csandvig at umich.edu
Mon Mar 9 10:54:13 PDT 2020

Dear AIR Colleagues,

ESC has two very AIR-relevant live streams this week.

In a little less than two hours we'll live stream a talk from Prof. Nick
Diakopoulos at Northwestern. Nick is well known for his work on algorithm
auditing and the use of computers in the news. He also might reference his
recently-published book, "Automating The News" (Harvard University Press,

Then this Wednesday at 12pm Eastern Time we will stream Prof. Sasha
Constanza-Chock (MIT) talking about their new book "Design Justice:
Community-led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need."

Since these are live streams and hopefully recordings later, please feel
free to circulate this email if you know of an appropriate audience for
these two talks! I've concatenated the two relevant emails below so the
formatting is a little messy. Just keep scrolling! Alternately, here are
two links:

Algorithms and the News:
Design Justice:

Both of them might also be on this mailing list. Not sure. If so: Hello!


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Christian Sandvig <csandvig at umich.edu>
Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2020 at 10:32 AM
Subject: TODAY: Nicholas Diakopoulos: Algorithms and the News (3:30pm, 340
West Hall)
To: ESC Center <esc-center at umich.edu>


March 9, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Times are shown in Eastern Time

340 West Hall
1085 S University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States

Video from this talk will be streamed LIVE. To access the live stream,
click: https://midas.umich.edu/seminar-stream/ during the event time.

The Role of Algorithmic Intermediaries in Shaping Attention to News

As people seek news information online, platforms like Google, Facebook,
Apple, Amazon and other news aggregators mediate and influence a huge
portion of human attention, acting as algorithmic gatekeepers and curators.
But as private platforms, there are few public details about how the
algorithms of these information intermediaries serve to drive public
exposure and salience of news information. What types and sources of news
are made available and prioritized, what’s the quality of that information,
and are there diverse perspectives represented in the algorithmic curation
of major platforms? This talk will address these questions by presenting
the results of several audit studies of algorithmic news intermediaries.
These studies begin to shed light on the role such intermediaries play in
impacting human attention towards the news. Implications for platform
power, governance, and the economic health and competitiveness in the
larger news ecosystem will be discussed.

Nicholas Diakopoulos (http://www.nickdiakopoulos.com/) is an Assistant
Professor in Communication Studies and Computer Science (by courtesy) at
Northwestern University where he directs the Computational Journalism Lab.
He is also a Tow Fellow at Columbia University School of Journalism as well
as Associate Professor II at the University of Bergen Department of
Information Science and Media Studies. His research focuses on
computational journalism, including aspects of automation and algorithms in
news production, algorithmic accountability and transparency, and social
media in news contexts. He is the author of Automating the News: How
Algorithms are Rewriting the Media, published by Harvard University Press
in 2019. Recently he was a resident researcher in the Computational
Political Journalism Lab at the Washington Post. He received his Ph.D. and
M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the School of Interactive Computing
at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his Sc.B. degree in Computer
Engineering from Brown University.

This event is organized by the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS)
and co-sponsored by ESC.


See this event listing on the Web:

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Christian Sandvig <csandvig at umich.edu>
Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2020 at 1:32 PM
Subject: Wednesday, noon: "Design Justice" with Sasha Constanza-Chock (+
live stream, book signing)
To: ESC Center <esc-center at umich.edu>


Design Justice


*March 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST*

Koessler Room, Michigan League
911 North University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
A light lunch will be provided.
For Remote Participants
Video from this talk *will be streamed LIVE. *Please find the link to the
youtube video stream *here.


In this talk, Dr. Costanza-Chock presents an overview of their new book,
Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need,
published by the MIT Press in 2020. The book is an exploration of how we
might re-imagine design to be led by marginalized communities as a tool to
help dismantle structural inequality, advance collective liberation, and
support ecological survival. More information about the book can be found
at https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/design-justice.
Speaker Bio

Sasha Costanza-Chock (pronouns: they/them or she/her) is a researcher,
designer, educator, and media-maker whose work focuses on networked social
movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. They are
currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT and Faculty Associate
at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Their new book, Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds
We Need <https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/design-justice>, was published by
the MIT Press in 2020. Sasha is a board member of Allied Media Projects (
alliedmedia.org) and a Steering Committee member of the Design Justice
Network (designjustice.org).

The talk will be followed by a *Book Signing* with Dr. Sasha

1:30 - 2:15pm
Conference Room C
Michigan League

Books have been pre-ordered for purchase with UM Union Barnes & Noble.
Books can be purchased in store before the event and at the event. Please
note that book purchases at the event can only be made via cash or check.


See this event listing on the Web:

More information about  ESC: The Center for Ethics, Society, and
Computing:  http://esc.umich.edu/  <http://esc.umich.edu/>

Please note our other exciting events remaining this term:

Mar 9: Nicholas Diakopoulos: Algorithms and the News (*)
Mar 11: Sasha Costanza-Chock: Design Justice (*)
Mar 13: ESC POD: Graduate Student Mixer
Mar 31: Shoshana Zuboff: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Apr 3: ESC POD: Faculty Mixer
Apr 9-10: Science, Technology, and the Carceral State
Apr 17: How to Do Feminist Robotics (*)

(*) - We will live stream and record whenever possible. An asterisk means
we plan to live stream.


ESC is generously supported by the School of Information; the Center for
Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research; and the Department
of Communication & Media in the College of Literature, Science, and the
Arts at the University of Michigan.

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