Bowdoin: Data Driven Socities 2014 - Code Is... 3/26/14

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Data Driven Societies
Digital & Computational Studies
Bowdoin College
March 3, 2014
Professor Gieseking

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Bowdoin: Data Driven Socities 2014 - Code Is... 3/26/14

  1. 1. Data Driven Societies: Code Is… Professors Gaze & Gieseking
  2. 2. Convincing the Public / Publics Convincing Themselves (Recap) 0. Identify an issue 1. Research question 2. Theoretical approach 3. Literature review 4. Methods 5. Analysis 6. Discussion 7. Conclusion dasburst.com
  3. 3. Publics & Counterpublics (Recap) ✦ Publics - real and imagined communities in which ideas and media are exchanged, and which dictate political, cultural, and economic norms ✦ Counterpublics - alternate publics that allow for resistance to dominant cultural, political, or economic norms secretsofthefed.com
  4. 4. Determining our Publicness (Recap) lifeinlofi.com businessinsider.com
  5. 5. How Social Media Changed Publicness (Recap) ✦ Scalability ✦ Shifted what is public and private ✦ Redefined the audience ✦ Context collapse ✦ Access to being heard and seen ✦ Persistence ✦ Replicability ✦ Searchability (Baym & boyd 2012) wikipedia
  6. 6. Code is Law Google
  7. 7. Code is… Law ✦ As cyberspace arose, many originally theorized internet as ideal libertarian society ! ✦ Then: growth in malware, shifts in privacy, issues in data security, and questioning government control of data ! ✦ Now as governments cannot gather the data they need due to privacy restrictions, they gather data from corporations who work through the market. ! How do we regulate code?
  8. 8. Code is… Law ✦ Lessig recommends using code — both the codes that shape society and computer code — to define law. ✦ Code is a rule for converting a piece of information into another form or representation (one sign into another sign), especially for the purposes of secrecy ✦ Code is computer program instructions ! ! “Code is never found; it is only ever made, and only ever made by us.” (Lessig 2006, 6)
  9. 9. On the path we have chosen, we will remake what cyberspace was. … What values should be built into the space [a.k.a. cyberspace] to encourage what forms of life? -Lessig (2006, 5, 6)
  10. 10. Next Class: Mar. 5 Today: code is… ✦ ! ✦ Blog post: due Wednesday on your graphs (see email) ! ✦ Readings: Yau (Ch. 4, you read this by now) — NOTE CHANGE with syllabus updates forthcoming ! ✦ Next class / lab: ✦ The Life of Code continues! ✦ mapping your Twitter data

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