2021-10-26T17:00:00Z GMT-0600 Change your timezone on the schedule page
Visualizations are both a tool for exploration and a mechanism of communication about complex information. The power and potential of visualization work stems from the ability to help people see in new ways. But what people see - and how it helps them make sense of the world - is shaped by more than the tool itself. In this talk, danah will grapple with how contestations over information and communication affect the practice of visualization. Just as data can never be neutral, neither can visualization. This talk will reflect on how visualization experts can navigate biases in data, the politicization of information, and the challenges in communicating uncertainty.
Dr. boyd is an internationally recognized authority on the ways people use networked social media as a context for social interaction. She has been called the “high priestess” of online social network sites by the Financial Times. Dr. boyd’s research focuses on the intersection of technology, society, and policy. Currently, she is Founder & President of Data & Society, a research institute focused on examining the social and cultural issues that emerge around data-driven technologies. She is author of _It’s Complicated and co-author of, Participatory Culture in a Networked Era, and Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out_. danah is a Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research, and a Visiting Professor at New York University. She is on the board of the Crisis Text Line, a Trustee of Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Data Advisory Council and is on the advisory boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and both University of California at Berkeley and University of Michigan’s School of Information. Previously, danah was Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.