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Information Ecosystems: A Sawyer Seminar at the University of Pittsburgh

The Co-Evolution of Data and Method

The project seeks to advance critical understanding of where data comes from and how it is used, setting the present moment within a century-long history of information supply and its power-laden consequences. Across the humanities and social sciences, methods of knowledge production are being transformed by an extraordinary expansion of digitized information. The same is true outside the university: governments, corporations, and civil society are all grappling with new possibilities, and new risks, shaped by massive data flows and new tools brought to bear on them.

Our year-long seminar—uniting two dozen Pittsburgh-area faculty, graduate students, and practitioners with fourteen leading international scholars who will visit us as guest speakers—sets the present moment within a century-long history of information supply and its power-laden consequences.

At a moment when societies are in urgent need of guidance to navigate rapidly shifting digital terrain, we are coming together to build a deep understanding of the social and political life of data.

Mar 27, 2020

The interviewee in this episode is Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble. The interviewer is Erin O'Rourke. The website for the seminar can be found at https://infoecosystems.pitt.edu. The events are currently on hiatus, but we plan to continue publishing podcasts of the past seminars until they are all posted. We hope to resume the...