Lilly Irani’s Entrepreneurial Citizenship in India

Lilly Irani conducted a multiple year critical study of design schools and entrepreneurship in India, participating as a designer and an ethnographer with one particular design studio for a number of years. Irani is both a researcher and an tech professional. In her book, Chasing Innovation, she coins the term “entrepreneurial citizen” to explain how […]

A foray into researching: all about Twitch users

Introduction This research paper explores the psychological and social motivations for using the amazingly popular social media/live streaming platform Twitch by conducting a small survey of users. Keywords:  Live Streaming, Twitch, Social Identity Theory, Uses and Gratifications Theory, Psychological motivations Psychological Motivations for Twitch users This research paper explores the psychological and social motivations for […]

AI for Audio Description Generation?

I have a product idea to use artifical intelligence to create audio descriptions for film and television. It was a winner at USC’s Entertainment Technology Center’s Immersive Media Challenge. Here is the 3min pitch, it includes a section of The Lion King which maybe I will get asked to remove, but its just a concept […]

Code of Practice for Data Science?

Executive Summary This post discusses accountability, ethics and professionalism in data science (DS) practice, considering the demands and challenges practitioners face. Dramatic increases in the volume of data captured from people and things, and the ability to process it places Data Scientists in high demand. Business executives hold high hopes for the new and exciting […]

The Curse of Social Media Success

When your community grows so much, you no longer recognise it In August, I read a Wired story about social media influencers migrating some of their audience to membership sites like OnlyFans and Patreon to get paid for their content: content which is exclusive and risqué and doesn’t meet Instagram and Facebook’s community standards (Parham, […]

New Tech Data as Court Evidence?

Or why judges are as cautious as the Amish when it comes to admissable evidence “Sharing a Ride” by Forsaken Fotos is licensed under CC BY 2.0 This is my reaction to material we discussed in my CMGT530 class at Annenberg: Social Dynamics of Communication Technology. The material was Czitrom (Czitrom, 1982) and the film […]

Image Processing in The Age of Surveillance

TL:DR How three forces: the explosion of individual images available online, theaccelerating data science capabilities of image processing, and pressure on individual rights and freedoms impact the use of image recognition in surveillance in crime prevention and criminal prosecution. Covers the potential risks of reliance on this kind of visual evidence, and recommendations to reduce […]