DTPC: A fieldwork review and the launch of our working group survey, which seeks responses concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and the digital divide.
The Digital Technologies Power and Control Working Group (DTPCWG) aims to develop understandings about those power and control asymmetries which can emerge between organisations (such as corporations and local government) and communities during routine, digitally-mediated action. The DTPCWG remains concerned with how an increased dependence upon digital systems can socially exclude some individuals and communities. To investigateContinue reading “DTPC: A fieldwork review and the launch of our working group survey, which seeks responses concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and the digital divide.”
Two corporate DTPC participants have discussed the emergent relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and the courtroom. This blog will share and discuss these perspectives alongside selected literature. AI can be defined as the capacity of a machine to imitate human behaviour (adapted from: Fiechuk 2019, p.139). As a rule, courtroom AI systems are designed around ‘narrowContinue reading “Technology-assisted Courtroom Judgements: What do you think?”
The Digital Technologies, Power and Control Project (DTPC): Our partnership with Cheylesmore Good Neighbours
Cheylesmore is a large suburb, south of Coventry. Yvonne and Alex Robinson co-lead the community group ‘Cheylesmore Good Neighbours: Retired Rewired’ (CGN). A range of older people belong to this group and they are keen to better use their personal digital devices to book holidays, watch videos, use WhatsApp or attend Zoom meetings, for example.Continue reading “The Digital Technologies, Power and Control Project (DTPC): Our partnership with Cheylesmore Good Neighbours”
The DTPC research project, which sets out to investigate how digital technology configures user power and control, has now reached its data collection phase. Over recent months, DTPC researchers have developed strong partnerships with a diverse range of communities situated across the UK. Now that lockdown restrictions are easing, ethically approved, risk assessed, in-person focusContinue reading “Digital Technologies Power and Control (DTPC): Data Collection Phase”
This week, we continue with a review of the workshop discussion about how organisations support the privacy of marginalised communities. Stakeholders were asked to consider what the biggest privacy threats to communities were. One participant referenced radio frequency identification (RFID) key tags. Persons affix these tags to their personal items in order to track them.Continue reading “Notes from the SPRITE+ Stakeholders’ and DTPC Working Group (II) Post Two”
The SPRITE+ Digital Technologies Power and Control project (DTPC) hosted a workshop for stakeholders on the 25thMay, 2021. It brought together a range of organisations, all of whom were keen to discuss trust, identity, privacy and security (TIPS) in the digital age. During the workshop, there was a focus upon the people who use digitalContinue reading “Notes from the SPRITE+ Stakeholders’ and DTPC Working Group (II) Post One”
Responding to instructions from the UK government to ‘stay at home’ during the Covid-19 pandemic, those with access to digital technology have moved their work, shopping, communications, relationships and healthcare online. Meanwhile, lockdown measures have deepened the plight of those who do not have access to nor the skills to use digital technology. These digitallyContinue reading “COVID-19 and Digital Inclusion”
On 14th December 2020, the Digital Technologies, Power and Control Challenge Working Group held a meeting with over 25 stakeholders interested in identifying challenges and good practice around working with marginalised communities. At the event, we discussed how marginalised voices are being heard (or are not being heard) and about ways to empower communities withContinue reading “Stakeholder Meeting”
Research into artificial Intelligence (AI) has morphed into many factions since it really got going in the 1970s. Perhaps the classical view of AI is that it mimics the cognitive functions of real-world problem-solving. That is, systems which think and even learn like humans over time. Therefore, we can evaluate AI systems based on howContinue reading “Algorithms, black boxes and the retention of humanness in the digital age”
When SPRITE+ originally put out a call for expert fellows linked to any aspects of the TIPS agenda, I filled in the form from my own perspective – a social scientist, focused on links between language, identity, and belonging. In my own research, identity is a “squishy” thing, constantly evolving, linked to the communities weContinue reading “Musings on identity – a social scientist’s perspective”
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