DECIDIS Open Lectures

Later today, we kick-off a new initiative at the ITU: the DECIDIS Open Lectures series. It is a bi-monthly series of lectures by internationally leading scholars about democracy, citizenship, and communication in digital society, it is open to the public, and registration is not required. Together with Lisbeth Klastrup, I organize the open lecture series as part of the activities of the DECIDIS research network. The aim is to inform and stimulate the public discussion about  how digital communication technologies impact society, and so the events are open for students and faculty at the IT University as well as for members of the public.

Today’s lecture is with Steve Jones, who is UIC Distinguished Professor of Communication and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Adjunct Research Professor in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (plus a whole lot of other very impressive stuff).

The kick-off open lecture has the title “Machines in the Mix”, will take place in ITU’s Auditorium 3 at 1pm, and here is the abstract:

Contemporary media of communication have relied on algorithmic intervention applied to discourse between users to point third parties toward commercial opportunities and point users toward selected content. Increasingly algorithms are applied to discourse between users and machines to create, modify or channel communication and interaction with digital agents. In this presentation, Steve Jones, Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, will discuss the consequences of these emergent forms of human-machine communication with a particular focus on journalism, social and political discourse.

The two other instalments of the DECIDIS Open Lecture series in this Spring are:

  • March 21, 2017 (11-12am): Anders Olof Larsson
  • May 15, 2017 (13-14:15pm): Jessie Daniels


Please note: this post will be updated and elaborated upon later today to serve as a more general introduction to the DECIDIS Open Lectures series.