Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Is AI good for the planet? Book talk

Is AI good for the planet? We often think of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a thing of the immediate future. We are constantly bombarded by slogans of AI coming to change our life, whether we like it or not. We are reassured it will be a better life. A better capitalism. A better environment. From …

Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Defining Artificial Intelligence within the Context of Human-Machine Communication

Defining Artificial Intelligence within the Context of Human-Machine Communication Artificial intelligence is fast becoming an important subject of study within communication as scholars examine people’s communication with AI technologies and the implications of these interactions. However, artificial intelligence is a polysemous concept: AI’s operational definition in research varies greatly across the fields in which it …

Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Biometric Mirror – Discussing Ethics in the Public Arena

Biometric Mirror – Discussing Ethics in the Public Arena Biometric Mirror is an ethically provocative AI-driven installation that offers a glimpse into a future of unregulated automated decision-making. Dubbed a weird mix between phrenology and machine-driven profiling, the project enables the public to participate in the debate about technology ethics, by (1) enabling interaction with …

Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Australia’s Communication Policy and Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Australia’s Communication Policy and Rights of Persons with Disabilities This presentation evaluates current communication policies in Australia from a critical disability theory (CDT) framework and identifies the quality of those policies as they speak to people with disability. The research analyses three communications policy case studies to evaluate how Australia’s adoption of the United Nations …

Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Digital Media Practices in Households

This new book explores practices through locative media and quantified self apps in households in Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne.   Digital Media Practices in Households: Kinship through Data New book by Larissa Hjorth, Kana Ohashi, Jolynna Sinanan, Heather Horst, Sarah Pink, Fumitoshi Kato, Baohua Zhou Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne, …

Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Mapping the National Web

Exploring hyperlinking among Ukrainian Canadians to map geographic, linguistic, and political boundaries of the Ukrainian national web. Mapping the National Web: Spaces and cultures of diasporic mobilisation in the digital age National web is the idea that our online experience remains profoundly shaped by geographical, cultural, and political borders: online spaces emerge as series of …

Media@Sydney Book Launch: Food in a Changing Climate

This new book analyses land and labour relationships in the global food system.   Today’s responsible, ethical eater is bombarded with multiple framings of healthier bodies, food justice, animal welfare, and climate-stable futures. Many of these focus on plant-based diets. Strong counter-narratives have emerged from the livestock sector across mainstream media, blogs, social media, and …

Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Smart Publics: Imaginaries and Discoveries of Smart Street Furniture

How do people notice smart street furniture and engage with them? How do the goals of designers and governments meet with lived reality? Smart street furniture — wi-fi enabled devices, with built-in digital screens, charging ports and sensors — produce new socio-technical encounters and foster new imaginaries, actualising visions of the long awaited ‘smart city’. …