Design Dialogues: Geoffrey Bowker


The Data Citizen: New Ways of Being in the World

Geof Bowker (Professor, School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC-Irvine)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 — 4:00-5:30PM, NCSA Auditorium, 1205 West Clark Street. 

* see the recording of the talk here, and photos of Dr. Bowker’s visit here and here (courtesy of C. Yang). See the campus announcement of the talk here.

ABSTRACT: The phenomenon of big data and its various interpretations are changing what it means to be human. This talk explores aspects of this change with a view to teasing out the histories and the ethical design issues which arise from past developments.

* Reception following event, sponsored by the Gender and Women’s Studies Department.

Bio: Geoffrey C. Bowker is Professor at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and Director of the Values in Design Laboratory at the University of California, Irvine. From 1993-1998, he was faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s School of Information Sciences, and was a faculty affiliate of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications from 1998-1999. He currently co-directs the NSF-funded Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society with researchers from across academia and the IT industry. He has published widely on the topics of information infrastructure, classification systems in distributed scientific collaborations, and the use of web and digital resources across disciplines.

Co-Sponsored by:
The Recovering Prairie Futures IPRH Research Cluster
The Provost’s Office
The College of Engineering
The College of Media
The School of Information Sciences
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

with the:
College of Education
College of Fine and Applied Arts
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Social Work
Center for Advanced Study
Center for Digital Inclusion
Center for Global Studies
Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Center for People and Infrastructures
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Disability Resources and Educational Services
Gender and Women’s Studies
Human and Dynamics Laboratory
Illinois Informatics Institute
Institute of Communications Research
Product Design Laboratory, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering Department
Social Innovation at Illinois
Spurlock Museum
Subsistence Marketplaces Initiative, College of Business
African American Studies
Asian American Studies
Comparative and World Literature
Latino/a Studies
Media and Cinema Studies
Allen Hall/Unit One LLC
Innovation LLC
Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Office of Undergraduate Research
University Library
Makerspace Urbana

Download poster copy here.