TiP @ EASST/4S 2020

This year, TiP members contribute in various ways and topics the virtual EASST/4S conference.
Kick off your conference days with an excursion to the UK through Jessamy Perriams’s presentation on ‘De-Inscribing and Re-Insribing Legacy Technologies in the UK Public Sector’, before following Rachel Douglas Jones and James Maguire’s panel ‘Political Data of the Digital Anthropocene: (Justice, Diplomacy and Negotiation)’ and ‘Ways of Knowing the Digital Anthropocene (Sensing and Seeing)’, in which Rasmus Tyge Haarløv will also explore the impact of Google’s ‘Project Air View’ on understandings and perceptions of air quality, hence ‘Making Sense of Urban Air’. Parallel you can tune in on Marisa Cohn and Mace Ojala’s discussion on knowledge practices and objects involved in the precarious and often unsolicited maintenance labor – ‘Software as an Object of Shared Maintenance Knowledge’.
Wednesday is under the topical umbrella of Data and Natures, with Ingmar Lippert’s session: ‘Methods in Studying Data/Nature’ will explore methodographic accounts of STS methods used to study data and/or natures/environments: Continuing on Thursday, the session ‘Governing Natures by Data’ tunes into the aspects of governmentality and reorganization through digitalisation.

On Thursday we move on to Ethics, Hacking and Mobile Cyborgs. Mace Ojala will organize two sessions on ‘Hacking Cultures’ and a ‘Hackers, Maintainers, Programmers and Geek’ Social, while Ester Fritsch will share the discourse on ethical reflections among IoT developers in ‘The social Life of Dowse: Ethics and Invisibility in IoT’. In the presentation ‘Mobile Cyborgs: subverting the myth of the ‘other’ en route to Europe through digital technologies’ Vasiliki Makrygianni will explore the effects of the interaction between the human and the non-human in the context of contemporary migration.

On Friday, TiP members call topics of Welfare, Digitalisation, Infrastructure and Democracy on the agenda. Vasilis Galis’ panel on ‘Welfare After Digitalisation: Sitting values, affordances, and politics’ is chaired by Brit Ross Winthereik and features contributions from Cæcilie Sloth Laursen on the 2017 implemented IT system in Danish hospitals and the patient portal MyChart. Konstantinos Floros discusses the Jobnet Platform and asks if unemployment can be tackled digitally, followed by Simy Kaur Gahoonia who gives insight into ‘understanding technology’ in public schools. Caroline Anna Salling explores district heating as an infrastructure in a welfare system. Finally, Vasilis Vlassis questions the use of big data methods in predictive policing.
Irina Papazu will dive into Democracy in the Making and present the tensions in ‘Democratic Situations’ before returning to another Ethical Session based on an ethnographic study of how employees in the Danish Tax and Customs Administration grapple with implementing ‘agile methods’ (scrum and DevOps) in the ministry’s IT projects.
Find the TiP Schedule here (in PDF) or here to import directly in your calendar (ical format).
See the complete conference schedule here.
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