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Public seminar on transparency and datafication with Mikkel Flyverbom, Jennifer Pybus and Clare Birchall.

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This event has been postponed as part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of covid-19. You can find out more about King's College London's current measures here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/coronavirus

In this public seminar, Mikkel Flyverbom (Copenhagen Business School) will give a presentation on his recently launched book The Digital Prism: Transparency and Managed Visibilities in a Datafied World (Cambridge University Press), alongside Jennifer Pybus (KCL) and Clare Birchall (KCL) who will provide interventions around associated themes.

The Digital Prism: Transparency and Managed Visibilities in a Datafied World

Digital technologies expose everything we do, like, and search for, and it is difficult to remain private and out of sight. How can we – as individuals, organizations and societies – deal with these technological and social transformations? Seen through the prism of digital technologies and data, our lives take new shapes and we are forced to manage our visibilities carefully. Meanwhile, many people are concerned about the unchecked powers of tech giants and the hidden operations of big data, artificial intelligence and algorithms, and call for more openness and accountability. This book challenges common ways of thinking about transparency, and argues that the management of visibilities is a crucial, but overlooked force that influences how people live, how organizations work, and how societies and politics operate in a digital, datafied world. The Digital Prism: Transparency and Managed Visibilities in a Datafied World has just been published by Cambridge University Press.

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Mikkel Flyverbom is Professor and Director of the Digital Transformations Platform at the Department of Management, Society and Communication, Copenhagen Business School. He is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Information Technology and Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a columnist for the Danish newspaper Politiken and a frequently consulted expert on tech issues.

Jennifer Pybus is Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society at the Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London. Her research focuses on the diverse ways in which our digital lives are being datafied, turned into social big data that fuels our increasingly personalised, data intensive economy. She is particularly interested in questions around youth and privacy which relate to how third party ecosystems found on social media platforms, are transforming the advertising industry via the rise of data analytics and algorithmic processes.

Clare Birchall is Reader in Contemporary Culture at the Department of English, King's College London. She is author of Shareveillance: The Dangers of Openly Sharing and Covertly Collecting Data, Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip, and co-editor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory. She has also edited special issues of the journals Theory, Culture and Society and Cultural Studies. Her new book, Postsecrecy, will be published by the University of Minnesota Press next year.

This event is part of an ongoing seminar series on "critical inquiry with and about the digital" hosted by the Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London. If you tweet about the event you can use the #kingsdh hashtag or mention @kingsdh. If you'd like to get notifications of future events you can sign up to this mailing list.

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Embankment Room (MB-1.1.4, Macadam Building)

King's College London, Strand Campus

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