Digging into the groundbreaking impacts of recent socio-technical phenomena.
Just as any other new phenomenon underpinned and realized by technological developments, the impacts of social media are still largely unknown; nor are they predictable or explicable through conventional models and frameworks.
People are nowadays getting married online, students are studying without even opening a book, YouTube stars strutting down the red carpet, newspapers going bust whilst Facebook grows larger than China. We can all feel the world changing around us, that something big is happening. But what does it all mean?
This lecture will be about Carl Miller’s scientific attempts to track down the influence of social media on our lives. He’ll show how social media are totally transforming the three key institutions that matter to all of us: power, media, and the law.
He’ll weave together interviews with fake news merchants in Kosovo, cyber-pranksters in Berlin, the world’s best hackers in Las Vegas and amateur journalists breaking world-changing stories from the bedrooms in Leicester. Overall, he’ll show how the conventions and certainties of our lives are being pulled down. And how a new, mysterious world order is rising in its place. For better and for worse.
This lecture will be held in English.
You can register from 17.30, and during the evening we will serve wraps and beverages.
Carl Miller is an award-winning author, pioneering technology researcher and expert in the influence of digital technology on modern society. As co-founder and research director for The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos, the UK’s leading cross-party political think tank, Carl leads a team examining how the rise of the digital world affects politics, society, crime, journalism, warfare, business, and our everyday lives.
From corporate giants like Shell to the British Parliament and Home Office, Carl speaks to audiences around the world about what the digital revolution means to them and how they can stay ahead of the curve. He is regularly asked to appear on national and international media to give his expert opinion on all things digital, including BBC and Sky News.
Carl is an expert advisor on social media for the Care Quality Commission, the external social media expert for the UK Government Civil Contingencies Secretariat, a member of the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing, and an external advisor on the current cross-Governmental review on the use of data science within the public sector. He is also a visiting research fellow at King’s College, London.
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