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 […]

New TiP Essay Collection published: Museum Implosions

Museum Implosions is a collection of 17 essays by members of the Technologies in Practice group at the IT University of Copenhagen. The implosion, a method for generating critical enquiry, draws on Dumit’s instruction to continue in the pedagogical spirit of Donna Haraway’s scholarship. Based on a research trip to the Danish Technical Museum, the […]

TiP contributes to Digital STS Field Guide

TiP members Associate Professor Marisa Cohn, Professor Brit Ross Winthereik and Assistant Professor James Maguire contributed to the recently published field guide “Digital STS. A Field Guide for Science & Technology Studies” edited by Janet Vertesi and David Ribes. The collection, published in 2019, entails twenty-five essays, which are offering new approaches to digital scholarship, […]

New Research Project: Welfare after Digitalization

Researchers in TiP, Associate Professor Vasilis Galis and Professor Brit Ross Winthereik, are leading the new research project Welfare after Digitalization.  The aim of Welfare after Digitalization is to investigate how institutional values, digital affordances, and organizational politics are imagined and embedded in digital welfare services, as well as experienced and practiced by citizens, public […]

Tea in TiP: Interview with Visiting Researcher Nikolaus Pöchhacker

Welcome to our informal interview series with visitors to the research group. It is called Tea in TiP because interviewees are invited to share a cup of tea (though we shared some coffee on this  occasion) and talk about what they hope to work on while visiting ITU and TiP. Nikolaus Pöchhacker is visiting from […]

“Datapolitics is more than GDPR and privacy, we also need to talk about climate” – new research initiative ‘The Digital Anthropocene’

With a moderate climate, a stable electricity grid and a central location in Europe, Denmark’s growing data center industry offers ideal conditions that big tech companies have long been looking for. As tech giants, like Google, Facebook and Apple, place their servers in Denmark in order to store data from European users, questions regarding climate […]

Digital Trust in Denmark – A workshop on trust and mistrust towards public institutions in the world’s ‘most digitized country’

On December 11th, TiP’s research group Data as Relation and SODAS – Center for Social Data Science at Copenhagen University held a workshop on ‘Digital trust in Denmark’. This workshop aimed to debate the hypothesis that Denmark’s increasing digitalization is facilitated by the citizen’s trust in society and the welfare state. To discuss this question, […]

Reimagining Digital Infrastructures – workshop series by James Maguire and InfinIT

On 4th December 2019, James Maguire and InfinIT held the first workshop of the workshop series Reimagining Digital Infrastructures here at ITU. The series of workshops, funded by InfinIT (Innovationsnetværk for IT), aims to consider new ways of creating more ethically inflected digital futures. The first workshop was an exploration of ways in which digital […]

Tea in TiP: Interview with visiting researcher Rikke Torenholt

Welcome to our informal interview series with visitors to the research group. It is called Tea in TiP because interviewees are invited to share a cup of tea (on this occasion we had Swedish Söder tea) and talk about what they hope to work on while visiting ITU and TiP. Rikke Torenholt is visiting from […]

Border

The cogito ergo sum of a border would arguably be “I divide therefore I am”. Every other claim about what a border does can be disputed, found to be partial, inaccurate or out-dated, but there is no border that does not divide one thing from something else. Ever since borders first became a particular technology […]

Data Centres

It is not uncommon to imagine our data as residing in the cloud. Although this metaphor provides a seductive grasp on the complexity of a distributed internet, it obscures as much as it reveals. How data is organized and where it is located is rendered in graspable, naturalized terms, as if our digitalised traces roam […]

Privacy Paradox

The privacy paradox is typically defined as the inconsistency between attitudes towards privacy and data disclosure behaviors. Although people often express concerns about their privacy, the same individuals are willing to reveal personal data for small rewards. This “attitude-behavior gap,” as some have described it, continues to confound technologists, politicians and researchers alike. If people […]

Carbon

In his essay collection, The Periodic Table, Primo Levi narrates 100 plus years in the story of a single carbon atom. Starting its journey in limestone rock, this atom moves into organic human and non-human forms of life, and then into atmospheric gas traversing the globe, ending up as part of the structure that shapes […]

Network

The concept of network is a widespread term in contemporary social theory as well as other fields. It is commonly invoked in public imaginaries of the contemporary ‘digital age’. As such it is used, sometimes interchangeably, in both colloquial and analytic ways. Dictionaries define the present day use of the term as referring to complex […]

Digital Responsibility

We define digital responsibility as ‘something more’ than the current attempts at protecting personal data. In 2018, alongside the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulating (GDPR) the liberal-right wing government of Denmark convened a national “Data Ethics Council”, seeing the culmination of years of work of advocates for the term “Data Ethics” (Hasselbach […]

Trust

How can we trust new technologies? With increasing attention towards artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, the question arises as to whether these new tools for decision-making can be trusted. Machine learning algorithms are often presented as systems that automatically learn based on data. As these algorithms ‘learn on their own’ it has proven difficult, […]

State

Some definitions of state, stated in no particular order: State is a material property, as in states of matter, and it is a polity, as evoked by matters of state. In both denoting the configuration of elements understood to be similar; atoms distal and proximal for natural sciences, subjects higher or lower in political hierarchies. […]