Monday Night Seminar: Algorithmic Frictions

Monday Night Seminar: Algorithmic Frictions

The “Monday Night Seminar” carries on the tradition of Marsall McLuhan’s public seminars at the University of Toronto. All seminars take place from 6 – 8pm within the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of thinkers – academics, activists, scientists, artists, designers and planners – will explore digital culture from a feminist perspective.

The Monday Night Seminars are designed to challenge prevailing cultural notions about technology and provoke new insight on the possibilities for a more equitable technological future. Join us!

Algorithmic Power 

Join us for an evening as we discuss the frictions are generated by the algorithmic power that underpins platform-based labour

With special guests Safiya Noble (USC) and Tero Karppi (UofT). The seminar will be moderated by Rianka Singh (UofT)

6 to 8 PM, Monday, November 13, 2017. Please RSVP at this.

Safiya Umoja Noble is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication. Noble’s research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the internet and their impact on society. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital media impacts and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology design. Her monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines is entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (forthcoming, NYU Press).

Tero Karppi, PhD, is an assistant professor at ICCIT, University of Toronto Mississauga. Karppi explores the edges of connectivity and his research has been published in journals such as Theory, Culture, and Society, Fibreculture, and International Journal of Cultural Studies. Karppi’s book Disconnect: Facebook and Social Media’s Affective Bonds is contracted with University of Minnesota press and forthcoming in 2018.