On Wednesday 29 November DERC and the Technology, Communication and Policy Lab will host a half day symposium on ‘Digital Data and Automation in Everyday Life’.

The symposium seeks to raise a series of questions relating to existing data and automated technologies that are being used in everyday life contexts and the implications of this is for our more immediate and imagined futures.

Some of these issues, specifically from the perspective of the social sciences and humanities. It calls for an interrogation of the relationship between digital data and automation, the technological possibilities they create, the contingencies and forms of improvisation through which they are lived out, and a position about how we might intervene towards creating responsible and ethical automated data futures.

 

Program

2pm               Introduction, Sarah Pink, RMIT University

2:15pm          Future-making ethnography practice, Sophia Maalsen, University of Sydney

2:35pm          Q&A

2:40pm          Community management: the soul in our new machines, Venessa Paech

3pm                Q&A

3:05pm          Digital Data as Kipple: Searching for Aporia in Mundane Automation, John Lenarcic, RMIT University

3:25pm          Q&A

3:30pm          The life of slow data, Chuan Khoo, RMIT University

3:50pm          Q&A

3:55pm          “You just want to know if his little heart is beating”: Market discourses about baby wearables,

Donell Holloway, Edith Cowan University

4:15pm          Q&A

4:20pm          Pasts and futures of automated vehicles, Julian Thomas, RMIT University

4:40pm          Q&A

5pm                Event close

 

*Following the Symposium visiting scholar, Professor  Evelyn Ruppert of Goldsmith’s University London will present on ‘The Crafting of Automation’  at 5:30pm

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We investigate how people experience the digital in everyday life, By researching from the ground up we bring fresh insight to a constantly changing world. The Digital Ethnography Research Centre DERC focuses on understanding a contemporary world where digital and mobile technologies are increasingly inextricable from the environments and relationships in which everyday life plays out. DERC excels in both academic scholarship and in our applied work with external partners from industry and other sectors.
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