RMIT's Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) presents visiting speaker Lilly Irani, Assistant Professor of Communication & Science Studies at University of California, San Diego.
Today, the halls of TED and Davos reverberate with optimism that hacking, brainstorming, and crowdsourcing can transform citizenship, development, and education alike. In this public lecture Assistant Professor Lilly Irani will focus on how valorised forms of work become models of citizenship. She will examine these claims ethnographically and historically with an eye towards the kinds of social orders these practices rely on and produce. She focuses on a hackathon, one emblematic site of social practice where techniques and work processes from information technology production become ways of remaking culture and mediated progress.
Lilly Irani is an Assistant Professor of Communication & Science Studies at University of California, San Diego. Her work examines and intervenes in the cultural politics of high tech work. She is a co-founder and maintainer of digital labor activism tool Turkopticon. She is currently writing a book on the cultural politics of innovation and development in transnational India. She has published her work at New Media & Society, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Science, Technology & Human Values, as well as at SIGCHI and CSCW. Her work has also been covered in The Nation, The Huffington Post, and NPR. Previously, she spent four years as a User Experience Designer at Google. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science, both from Stanford University and a PhD from UC Irvine in Informatics.
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