The Psychology of Data

15 May 2019, 14:30 - 16:30

Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Professor Alan Blackwell (Computer Science, University of Cambridge)

Dr John Manton (History of Medicine, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Dr Eva Giraud (Media, Communications and Culture, Keele University)


Professor Alan Blackwell (Computer Science, Cambridge and the Centre for Science and Policy) on the antecedents to Cambridge Analytica in the form of early 20th century anthropometry and the Cambridge Psychometrics Centre.

Dr John Manton (History of Medicine, LSHTM) questioning how user, producer, and consumer preferences are interpreted and modelled in development programmes for Low to Middle Income Countries – showing how certain value chains are already embedded in applied data and algorithms.

Dr Eva Giraud (Media, Communication and Culture, Keele) on how data is successfully applied by far right activists in their manipulation of social media, drawing on the Open Library of Humanities special collection ‘Right-Wing Populism and Mediated Activism’ (co-edited with Elizabeth Poole)ia.

How should numerical data about human beings be created, and interpreted?

Do numbers speak for themselves?

Open to all. No registration required.
An event organised by 'Re-' Interdisciplinary Network.
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