Mirko Tobias Schäfer (Latest Entries)http://mtschaefer.net/rss/latest/Latest Entries (all Categories) on mtschaefer.net.en-usTue, 08 Nov 2022 09:27:37 -0000Impact Assessment Mensenrechten & Algoritmen (IAMA)http://mtschaefer.net/entry/impact-assessment-mensenrechten-algoritmen-iama/<p>Gerards, Janneke, Iris Muis, Arthur Vankan, Mirko Tobias Sch&auml;fer. 2021. Impact Assessment Mensenrechten &amp; Algoritmen. Rijksoverheid. -&gt; access <a class="external" href="https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/rapporten/2021/02/25/impact-assessment-mensenrechten-en-algoritmes" target="_blank">here</a> (in Dutch)</p>http://mtschaefer.net/entry/impact-assessment-mensenrechten-algoritmen-iama/How we responded to the COVID-19 lock-downhttp://mtschaefer.net/entry/how-we-responded-covid-19-lock-down/<p>As we are gradually coming out of this lock-down, it is time to look back on how the COVID-19 crisis has affected our work at Utrecht Data School (UDS) so far, and what we learned from it. It has been a challenging, but also a fascinating experience. And we noticed that the crisis also provides many opportunities. The following post is a summary of what we have learned on the way.</p>http://mtschaefer.net/entry/how-we-responded-covid-19-lock-down/A Shattered Public Sphere How Social Media Platforms Transform the Political Debatehttp://mtschaefer.net/entry/shattered-public-sphere/<p>For our seminar <a class="external" href="https://www.uu.nl/en/events/seminar-markets-and-corporations-in-the-open-society" target="_blank">Markets and Corporations in the Open Society</a>, I wrote an article about how social media platforms transform the political debate. Policy makers and journalists often blame social media for disseminating fake news, spreading hate speech, manipulating audiences and creating filter bubbles. However, this techno-determinist view neglects user practices and the role of mainstream media in amplifying social media messages. This article shows why most policy efforts currently underway are ill-informed and will rather limit freedom of speech and access to information.</p> <p>The article will be part of an edited volume that is about to be published in September at <a class="external" href="https://www.boom.nl/english">Boom</a>. The book launch will take place during the <a class="external" href="https://www.uu.nl/en/events/ios-toogdag" target="_blank">IOS Toogdag</a> on 12 September.</p>http://mtschaefer.net/entry/shattered-public-sphere/Data, ethics and accountability. An Interview with VVSGhttp://mtschaefer.net/entry/dat-ethics-and-accountability-interview-vvsg/<p>&ldquo;Data and algorithms offer many possibilities, but they are not neutral. What you analyse, which algorithms you build, the data you use and what for, these are political and ethical choices. Policy makers are insufficiently aware of this. Furthermore, basic knowledge of data literacy is absolutely necessary for local politicians.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s what the Dutch data expert Mirko Tobias Sch&auml;fer says in this interview with Bart Van Moerkerke for magazine <a class="external" href="https://www.vvsg.be/kennisitem/vvsg/aan-data-zit-een-politieke-en-ethische-component" target="_blank">Lokaal</a> and the <a class="external" href="https://www.vvsg.be/" target="_blank">Association of Flamish Cities and Municipalities</a>.</p>http://mtschaefer.net/entry/dat-ethics-and-accountability-interview-vvsg/Field Notes: Teamworkhttp://mtschaefer.net/entry/field-notes-teamwork/<p>Work at <a class="external" href="https://dataschool.nl/?lang=en" target="_blank">Utrecht Data School</a> and <a class="external" href="https://datafiedsociety.nl/" target="_blank">Datafied Society</a> is most often a team effort. Our practices require collaboration between team members with different backgrounds and expertise. However, incentives for academic excellence in the humanities are almost exclusively tailored to reward individual performance of singular scholars. While this system has its merits, it certainly has limits. Our research on datafication taught us that as a team we can achieve together what none of us could have done alone. A post on teamwork, blurring disciplines and fading boundaries between academia and societal sectors.</p>http://mtschaefer.net/entry/field-notes-teamwork/Field Notes: Hands-on and knee-deep into empirical realityhttp://mtschaefer.net/entry/field-notes-hands-and-knee-deep-empirical-reality/<p>Over the past years we have developed <a class="external" href="https://dataschool.nl/?lang=en" target="_blank">Utrecht Data School</a> as a platform for teaching digital methods and data analysis. Working together with societal partners fundamentally shaped our method and affects our day-to-day work. This post is part of my field notes on developing entrepreneurial research and investigating datafication.</p>http://mtschaefer.net/entry/field-notes-hands-and-knee-deep-empirical-reality/Interview on Entrepreneurial Researchhttp://mtschaefer.net/entry/interview-entrepreneurial-research/<p>Eef Masson and Karin van Es interviewed me for their special issue <a class="external" href="http://www.tmgonline.nl/index.php/tmg/issue/view/36/showToc" target="_blank">Big Data Histories</a> in the&nbsp; Journal for Media History TMG (Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis).&nbsp;</p>http://mtschaefer.net/entry/interview-entrepreneurial-research/Looking at an infographichttp://mtschaefer.net/entry/looking-infographic/<p>As the campaign for the referendum on the so-called dragnet (sleepwet), the law for the intelligence and security services, is in full swing, it might be worth to have a look at the infographic used by the government to communicate the need for the amended law.</p>http://mtschaefer.net/entry/looking-infographic/Future Directions of Critical Data Studieshttp://mtschaefer.net/entry/future-directions-critical-data-studies/<p>For AoIR 2017, <a class="external" href="https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/socstudies/staff/staff-profiles/helen-kennedy" target="_blank">Helen Kennedy</a> put together a <a class="external" href="https://www.conftool.com/aoir2017/index.php?page=browseSessions&amp;form_session=274&amp;presentations=show" target="_blank">panel</a> discussing the future directions of critical data studies. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in the debate. Round-table participants for the future directions of Critical Data Studies included <a class="external" href="http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/182924-dencik-lina" target="_blank">Lina Dencik</a> (Data Justice Lab), <a class="external" href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/tarleton/">Tarleton Gillespie</a> (Microsoft Research), and <a class="external" href="https://www.stefaniamilan.net/about-me">Stefania Milan</a> (Data-Active). As <a class="external" href="http://jonathangray.org/" target="_blank">Jonathan Gray</a> (Public Data Lab) could not attend, I presented on behalf of Utrecht Data School and the Datafied Society Research platform.</p>http://mtschaefer.net/entry/future-directions-critical-data-studies/Workshop: Research Ethics for Data & Digital Methodshttp://mtschaefer.net/entry/workshop-research-ethics-data-digital-methods/<p>The Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) in cooperation with Utrecht Data School (UDS) is organizing a workshop on Research Ethics for Data and Digital Methods. The workshop will take place on 29 th of November 2016 in the Sweelinckzaal from 10a.m - 5p.m.</p>http://mtschaefer.net/entry/workshop-research-ethics-data-digital-methods/