A professorial lecture on poverty, privacy and the press


8 members of the Centre for Social Informatics tweeted the talk – including Frances Ryan, Christine Irving, Leo Appleton & Jan Auernhammer pictured here

It’s rare that all the members of the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) manage to gather together at the same place at the same time. However, we almost managed it last Thursday when we attended the inaugural professorial lecture of our CSI colleague Dr Alistair Duff. Apart from one PhD student and one researcher (who was at a conference in Finland presenting two papers, including one that I co-authored), there was a full turn-out of the academic staff, researchers, and research students of CSI at the event, all eager to hear what Alistair had to say about The information society and its challenges. Two PhD students made special journeys to attend the event from afar: Leo Appleton caught the train up from Liverpool and Nicole Van Deursen flew in from Spain.

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Job opportunity: Research Fellow in e-punditry

InGSoc LogoYesterday I posted information about the AHRC-funded studentship that we are currently advertising within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University. The studentship is associated with an AHRC-funded project entitled Informing the Good Society (InGSoc), led by Dr Alistair Duff.

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Applications sought for AHRC-funded PhD studentship within the Centre for Social Informatics

InGSoc LogoLast month I blogged that the Centre for Social Informatics had been successful in winning a grant from the AHRC to be led by my colleague Dr Alistair Duff, and that soon we would be advertising two positions associated with this new project to start in May 2013 or soon after. The details of the first of these – a three year fully-funded PhD studentship in census informatics, ethics and policy – are now available.

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New AHRC grant for the Centre for Social Informatics

AHRC logoThe Arts and Humanities Research Council has awarded a grant of £200,000 to the Centre for Social Informatics for a project entitled Informing the Good Society (InGSoc) to be led by my colleague Dr Alistair Duff. Over three years Alistair and the team will address three main areas: (1) population-census informatics and ethics; (2) the future of columns and electronic “punditry”; and (3) the socio-philosophical foundations of information policy. The project aims to make contributions to our understanding of the social importance of information, and to assist in the development of sound policies.

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