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Showing posts from January, 2013

New year, new job, new workplace

As of 1st January 2013, I am a PhD Research Fellow in the Techno-Anthropology (TANT) unit at Aalborg University, Copenhagen. This is a very exciting place to be, not least because the TANT unit contributes with teaching in the relatively new BSc and MSc programmes in Techno-Anthropology. The teaching includes a course in Mapping Controversies - the same course, which back in 2010 got me interested in the meeting points between STS, ANT and digital methods. This coming February, I will contribute to introducing new students to controversy mapping.

In general terms, my PhD project is about 'social media and technological democracy'. When I have defined in more precise terms what my project will focus on, I will post an update here. My main question is how digital technologies such as Facebook or Google Maps mediate people's engagements in various publics. To answer this, I plan to do a case study of how digital tools were used during the controversy over road pricing in Cope…

First publication! (on the use of Facebook groups in a snowstorm)

Last time I updated this blog back in May 2012, I reported that I was going to present my MSc Sociology thesis work at three conferences. This all went well. However, I also went to a fourth conference, namely NordiCHI '12 in Copenhagen. This resulted in a full paper that is also my first peer-reviewed publication, now available from the ACM Digital Library. The paper is based on my earlier thesis work at the Oxford Internet Institute in 2011.

For those of you who do not have access, I have the right to share a copy of the paper for personal use. You can access the paper here through my profile or through SSRN.

The paper is called "Crystallizations in the blizzard: contrasting informal emergency collaboration in Facebook groups". It is aimed at an Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) audience rather than an STS or Sociology audience, so it might be more or less useful depending on who you are. 

Here's the abstract: