How can academic researchers lend their intellectual strengths and energies to more directly help create better ethical futures? This project focuses on developing conceptual frameworks as well as specific approaches for including more future-oriented or speculative elements in studies of socio-technical contexts and relations. The current goal is to shift from ‘ethics’ to ‘impact, which activates a future orientation. This project is spearheaded by Annette Markham, Professor MSO of Information Studies at Aarhus University. Collaborators include members of the AoIR Ethics Committee (2000-2015); members of Data Ethnographies Lab, a joint research venture between Aarhus University, University of Catalunya, Halmstad University, and RMIT Australia.
We invite contributions to a special issue of Social Media + Society devoted to a critical examination of the future of Internet / media research practices in the era of computational or big data analytics, with particular focus on how ethics can be configured through...
- Pink, Sarah; Markham, Annette; Akama, Yoko; Gomez Cruz, Edgar; Licasa, Pilar; Poblet, Marta; Sumartojo, Shanti (2016). Paper II: Ethics and Data Futures. White paper published April, 2016. Available at: https://dataethnographies.com/paper-ii-ethics-and-data-futures/
- Markham, A. N. (2016). From Using to Sharing: A story of shifting fault lines in privacy and data protection narratives. In Vanacker, B., & Heider, D. (Eds.). Digital Ethics. London: Peter Lang. draft pdf here
- Markham, Annette N. (2015). Produsing ethics [for the digital near future]. In Lind, R. (Ed.). Produsing Theory in a Digital World 2.0: The Intersection of Audiences and Production in Contemporary Theory, Volume 2 (247-256). New York: Peter Lang. Personal final draft in PDF here
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