We are witnessing a cultural shift in our society fuelled by the increasing use of algorithms and big data. In both private and public organizations, the utilization of data has become a key concern and a critical asset. Data science, Big Data analytics, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence represent different facets of this shift towards a data-driven society. The use and effects of algorithms in different aspects of society deserves closer scrutiny. Algorithms have major, often unforeseen or poorly understood implications for organizations and society at large. Critical research across computer science and humanities has shown that algorithms are not neutral calculative devices: they act within broader sociotechnical assemblages by contributing to formation of new epistemic, social, and organizational paradigms. Digital technologies and the algorithms they embed, filter what can be seen, create novel ways of perceiving the world and new visibilities and invisibilities.
Invitation to an open seminar organised by the AlgoCult research network. This seminar, we gather both academics from computer science and the humanities and industrial representatives to present and discuss the current understanding and challenges of employing big data and algorithmic thinking in organisations and society at large, and in the shaping of algorithmic cultures
10.00 – Introduction: Miria Grisot, Ass.Prof. Kristiania University College
10.15 – Academic Panel: Prof. David Ribes (University of Washington), Prof. Marleen Huysman (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), PostDoc Hilde Reinertsen (University of Oslo),
Discussant: Prof. Geoff Bowker (University of California at Irvine), Moderator: Elena Parmiggiani, NTNU.
12.30-14.00 – Break
14.00 – Industry Panel: Loek Vredenberg, CTO (IBM Norway), David Barton, Senior Research Scientist (NINA), Lars-Henrik Folke Ossum, Chief Digital Officer (Fearnleys AS,), and Edoardo Jacucci, General Manager EMEA (Arundo)
Moderator: Prof. Margunn Aanestad, University of Oslo
Sponsored by: The Norwegian Research Council – SAMKUL program
Organizers: Miria Grisot, Kristiania University College, Elena Parmiggiani, NTNU, Susanne Bauer, TIK, UiO, Margunn Aanestad, IFI, UiO
Organised by: AlgoCult research network algocult.org
Attendance is free and open