Lunch seminar: The multimodal circulation of misleading infovis on social media platforms

Elena Aversa from Density Design is visiting the DANI Research Project and the Digital Media Lab during week 25 and she has kindly agreed to present some of her work at an informal brown bag seminar in the lab.

Time: 20th June 2024 from 12-13

Place: Digital Media Lab (room 42.1-01)

Title: The multimodal circulation of misleading infovis on social media platforms

Information visualisation (infovis) attracts considerable attention on social media platforms, especially during societal crises. Due to its rhetorical influence, it holds the power to mislead. Therefore, its circulation on social media platforms can amplify the impacts of information disorders, jeopardising citizens’ right to reliable information. My research explores the multimodal characteristics of misleading information visualisations that travel through social media platforms. The aim is to define a common ground for including infovis literacy within the panorama of digital media and information literacies. The presentation will focus on two classifications developed from the analysis of a collection of infovis shared online in the first months of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

All welcome – please share – no registration – bring your lunch

Lab Session: Get started with your own big data analyses in UCloud

Digital Media Lab, RUC (room 42.1-01)

23 May 2024 from 12.30-13.45

There are rich computational resources available for students and staff at RUC, including UCloud, which gives access to computing power in the cloud through a graphical interface. Jakub Klust from RUC’s High Performance Computing (HPC) Centre visits the lab to give us a hands-on introduction to how to get up and running. No special experience or equipment is required, but bring your laptop. After Jakub’s intro, our own lab member Jakob Bæk Kristensen will provide a demonstration case from his own research so that everyone who is interested can test what it feels like to run a data analysis via UCloud.

Program:

  • Introduction by Jakub: 15 minutes
  • Example case by Jakob: 15 minutes
  • Hands-on workshop with Q&A: 45 minutes

All welcome –  please share – no registration needed

Lab Session: Beskyttelse af forskningsdata – Mød RUC’s DPO

Digital Media Lab, RUC (lokale 42.1-01)

16. april 2024 kl 13.00-14.30

Udviklingen af nye digitale muligheder for at indsamle forskningsdata er ledsaget af en udvikling af nye tiltag og krav til beskyttelsen af data. Især GDPR-lovgivningen er blevet vigtig at forstå, når det gælder forskningsdata med personoplysninger. GDPR stiller krav om at alle offentlige organisationer, der behandler persondata, har en såkaldt Data Protection Officer (DPO eller databeskyttelsesrådgiver). I denne lab session får vi besøg af RUC’s DPO, Peter Jakobsen, der fortæller om hvilke forpligtelser og redskaber, vi har, når det gælder GDPR. Peter kommer desuden ind på anmeldelsespligt til Rigsarkivet og på nogle retningslinjer for brug af AI, som er under udvikling. Der vil være god tid til at stille spørgsmål og diskutere forskellige forskningscases.

Alle forskere på RUC er velkomne. Skriv os en mail på digitalmedialab@ruc.dk, hvis du er i tvivl om arrangementet passer til dig.

EP-valgkamp på Facebook

I forbindelse med det kommende valg til Europa-Parlamentet, der i Danmark finder sted søndag den 9. juni, har labbet iværksat en indsamling af spidskandidaternes aktiviteter på Facebook. Formålet er at bidrage til debatten om det kommende EP-valg med månedlige analyser af valgkampen, som den udspiller sig på Danmarks mest anvendte sociale medie, Facebook.

Find rapporterne på vores nye fane: “REPORTS” og på vores nye profil på Zenodo-platformen.

Når maskiner læser aviser: Computationel analyse af nyheder

Digital Media Lab public event (in Danish)

14. marts 2024 kl 13.00-14.30 i Digital Media Lab, Roskilde Universitet (lokale 42.1-01)

Teknologier som machine learning og natural language processing giver nye muligheder for automatiseret analyse af store mængder ustruktureret data, herunder nyheder på dansk. Dagens oplæg præsenterer dugfriske forskningsresultater som bygger på sådanne computationelle metoder.

Mads Lang Sørensen (ADC Denmark) præsenterer brugen af natural language processing til at undersøge hvordan Facebook-brugere reagerer på forskelligt nyhedsindhold. Analysen er udført i samarbejde med Ekstra Bladet i form af et speciale skrevet sammen med Tobias Gårdhus. Specialet vandt Sociologisk Instituts (KU) årlige specialepris.

Ingen tilmelding – alle er velkomne – del gerne!

Lab Session: Involving users in data collection: Methods and ethics (in English)

Digital Media Lab public event

16 November 2023, 14.00-15.30, room 42.1-06

In an era of closing APIs, data may instead be obtained via the users of digital platforms. The cooperative consultancy firm, Analyse & Tal, has used data donation methods to gauge how much personal information is stored by big tech. The AlterUse research project at RUC deploys web tracking as another way of involving users in data collection. Come and hear about two different methods for user-involved data-making and the related ethical questions.

Presenters:
Sarah Steinitz and Edin Lind Ikanovic, Analyse & Tal
Eva Mayerhöffer and Jakob Bæk Kristensen, Roskilde University

All welcome – no registration needed – please share widely

Lab Session: Hvordan kan Danmarks Statistik hjælpe os med at forstå digitaliseringen? (på dansk)

Digital Media Lab public event 12 October 2023, 13.00-14.30, lokale 42.1-01, Roskilde Universitet

Danmarks Statistik skaber løbende nye, strukturerede data om digitaliseringen i Danmark, der bl.a. kan fungere som et vigtigt ’reality check’ for analyser af mere ustrukturerede data fra internettet. Vi får besøg af to repræsentanter fra netop Danmarks Statistik, der fortæller om deres arbejde på digitaliseringsområdet, og som også gerne vil have input fra forskningsmiljøerne i forhold til vores behov og interesser fremadrettet.

Oplægsholdere: Agnes Tassy og Claus Werner Andersen, Danmarks Statistik

All welcome – no registration needed – please share widely

Lab Session: Mapping the digital SSH skill set

Digital Media Lab event 20th April 2023, 11.30-12.45 in room 42.1-01, Roskilde University

Guest speaker: Anders Koed Madsen, Associate Professor & Head of Experiments, TANTLab, Aalborg University

An increasing number of scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences (SSH) are interested in what they can do with digital data and digital methods. At the same time, it can be challenging to pinpoint what skills must be honed to engage fruitfully with data from digital media. From coding via database management to visualisation and ethics, the requirements can seem wide-ranging and daunting. In this lab session, we set out to collectively understand and map the hands-on skill set that is key to get started with digital SSH. We have invited the Head of Experiments at TANTLab, Anders Koed Madsen, who has worked extensively with digital methods teaching and research. Anders will tell us about his experiences to get us started mapping the digital SSH skill set, which we can then continue to cultivate together in the Digital Media Lab at RUC.

Sign up via this link before 14th April and there will be a sandwich for you: https://events.ruc.dk/labsession2023/conference

Introducing Algorithms, Data and Democracy: How can we strengthen democratic legitimacy with technological developments?

By Sine N. Just

As the extent to which digital technologies already saturate societies is becoming apparent to growing numbers of global citizens, the question of whether ubiquitous digitalization is desirable is moving to the forefront of public debate: as we combat COVID-19, should contact tracing apps and digital vaccination passports be mandatory for all citizens? In the battle against crime, should facial recognition software be integrated into surveillance equipment? Seeking to vanquish child abuse, should predictive algorithms assist social workers’ case evaluation? These are but three of the many issues that are being debated at present. And what about the (social) media platforms on which these debates are conducted? Invoking freedom of speech, should they remain unregulated? Seeking social justice, should hate speech and incitement to violence be banned? As decision making and opinion formation alike are becoming thoroughly digitalized, we need to discuss the content of controversies about data and algorithms as well as the form of datafied and algorithmic controversies.

A new research project aims to do just that. Generously funded by the Villum and Velux Foundations, the Algorithms, Data and Democracy-project will investigate issues of public concern about digitalisation and datafication as these are shaped by digital technologies and articulated in the digital infrastructures of democracy. The aim is to understand current concerns and challenges so as to be able to suggest ways in which the algorithmic organisation of data can engage, enlighten and empower individual citizens and democratic institutions. Turning potential crises of trust in democratic societies as well as in novel technologies into opportunities for enhanced digital democracy.

The ADD-project will achieve this aim through strong interdisciplinary integration as well as disciplinary expertise. It brings together a team of researchers with unique competences in computer science and technological research, the humanities and the social sciences, building common theoretical and methodological approach in the process of studying empirical cases. Further, the project integrates scientific research and public outreach by involving relevant stakeholders and interested citizens from its outset and throughout the 10 years of its existence. At first, we will seek broad engagement, listening to concerns and opinions of people and organizations. As we develop our research, we will seek to enlighten the debate through the communication of results. Finally, we will join in conversations that can empower citizens and inspire policy-makers to instigate positive change.

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