Tag: techno-social

The future of designing autonomous systems will involve ethnographers

Madeleine clare elish , June 28th, 2016


Note from the Editor, Tricia Wang: Next up in our Co-designing with machines edition is Madeleine Clare Elish, (@mcette), is an anthropologist and researcher at Data & Society, presents a…


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An Engineering Anthropologist: Why tech companies need to hire software developers with ethnographic skills

Astrid Countee , June 22nd, 2016


Note from the Editor, Tricia Wang: I’m very please to announce that the next contributor in the Co-designing with machines edition is Astrid Countee (@ianthro), an anthropologist, software de…


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The human-side of artificial intelligence and machine learning

Steven Gustafson , June 20th, 2016


Note from the Editor, Tricia Wang: Next up in our Co-designing with machines edition is Steven Gustafson (@stevengustafson), founder of the Knowledge Discovery Lab at the General Electric Gl…


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The hidden story of how metrics are being used in courtrooms and newsrooms to make more decisions

Angèle Christin , June 20th, 2016


Note from the Editor, Tricia Wang: The next author for the Co-designing with machines edition is Angèle Christin (@angelechristin), sociologist and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Data & Soci…


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Why do brands lose their chill? How bots, algorithms, and humans can work together on social media

Molly Templeton , June 17th, 2016


Editor’s Note: The fourth contributor to the Co-designing with machines edition is Molly Templeton (@mollymeme), digital and social media expert, Director of Social Media at Everybody …


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Lou and Cee Cee prepare for fieldwork in the future: a world where robots conduct ethnography

Alicia Dudek , June 17th, 2016


Editor’s Note: Kicking off our Co-designing with machines edition is Alicia Dudek (@aliciadudek), Innovation Insight Lead & Design Ethnographer at Deloitte Digital Australia. Using …


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Co-designing with machines: moving beyond the human/machine binary

tricia wang , June 13th, 2016


Letter from the Editor: I am happy to announce Welcome to the The Co-Desinging with Machines edition. As someone with one foot in industry redesigning organizations to flourish in a…


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Lemon Difficult: Building a Strategic Speculation Consultancy

Joseph Lindley , March 3rd, 2016


Joseph Lindley works with design fiction in order to facilitate meaningful speculation about the future. In between he likes to make music, take photographs and combine the other two…


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Don’t panic: the smart city is here!

dasdingwang , February 18th, 2016


Ding Wang, in her own words, ‘has a special interest in pursuing degrees whose names consist of two random words’ (specifically Tourism Management, Design Ethnography, and now Dig…


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Everybody’s an Ethnographer!

dhruvsharma101 , February 11th, 2016


Dhruv Sharma has a background in anthropology, has worked in various countries as an ethnographer, and also holds a master’s degree in design ethnography from Dundee University. His doctoral …


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What’s the matter with Ethnography?

Robert Potts , February 9th, 2016


Robert Potts is a filmmaker, lecturer, designer, and PhD candidate at the HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training who takes special interest in a diverse range of subjects including shared narr…


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What on Earth is Post Disciplinary Ethnography?

Joseph Lindley , January 26th, 2016


This post is part of the Post Disciplinary Ethnography Edition. ‘Jargon free’ text is the name of the game according to the Ethnography Matters style guide, so titling…


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We have a Slack! Join us at Ethnography Hangout to discuss applied ethnography

tricia wang , January 26th, 2016


The Ethnography Matters, Anthrodesign, and EPIC teams have created a Slack channel for conversations about ​ethnographic methods. At Ethnography Hangout, we are an interdisciplinary group wea…


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Ethnography celebration and retrospective: We’re back!

Heather Ford , January 20th, 2016


The editors of Ethnography Matters are pleased to announce that we’re back to our regular editorial calendar for 2016. We’ve set up a new series schedule for the year,…


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Making! The Other Story: Robot#10, Twins Separated at Birth, and Hacker Mama

Silvia Lindtner , April 29th, 2014


Silvia Lindtner Amelia Guimarin Editor’s Note: Silvia Lindtner (@yunnia) and Amelia Guimarin (@femhacktweets) round out the March-April theme on makers, hackers, and engineers with this post tha…


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Engineering obsolescence

Marisa Leavitt Cohn , April 21st, 2014


Marisa Cohn Editor’s Note: Marisa Leavitt Cohn writes to us from Stockholm, where she is a postdoctoral scholar studying the politics of software systems and computing work practices. In…


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Ethnography as Diaspora

deuxlits , April 3rd, 2014


Lilly U. Nguyen Editor’s Note: Lilly U. Nguyen (@deuxlits) tells us how in her own work on the ethnography of software in Vietnam, she both studies and embodies “diaspora” –…


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Measurements: The Qualitative Work of Quantitative Work

morganya , March 25th, 2014


Katie Pine Max Liboiron Editor’s Note: Katie Pine and Max Liboiron continue this week’s theme of makers, hackers, and engineers with a post about the politics and performativity…


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Falling in: how ethnography happened to me and what I’ve learned from it

altoombs , March 17th, 2014


Austin Toombs Editor’s Note: Austin Toombs (@altoombs) brings a background in computer science and a critical sensibility to his ethnographic research on maker cultures.  He explores the formati…


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Studying Up: The Ethnography of Technologists

npseaver , March 10th, 2014


Nick Seaver Editor’s Note: Nick Seaver (@npseaver) kicks off the March-April special edition of Ethnography Matters, which will feature a number of researchers at the Intel Science and Technolog…


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March-April 2014: Studying Hackers, Makers, and Engineers

morganya , March 4th, 2014


This month’s theme – ethnographies of hackers, makers, and engineers – is edited by Morgan G. Ames, who made the transition from being a hacker to studying them…


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Tell Me More danah boyd: an interview with the author of “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”

tricia wang , February 26th, 2014


danah boyd (@zephoria) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard’s…


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A shift in the business environment that ethnographers can’t ignore

kxande2 , February 20th, 2014


Ken Anderson (@kxande2) manages the Cultural Transformations Lab at Intel. He is an iconoclast by nature and a symbolic anthropologist by training. Over the last 20 years, his…


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