In April 2012, the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative hosted a workshop on “Swinging and Flowing: Inclusion and Diversity in the Age of Data.” One of the themes of the conference was the impact of Big Data on our universities and community. How has the Internet changed the way we think about a university education and how we educate our students? How has Big Data changed the traditional subject matter and how can it help solve social problems?
Another central theme was “How does new media validate its content, and who can validate and distribute information about whom?” Despite broad privacy concerns, new media is changing the way all information is shared and valued. Throughout the online community, every click is a validation for some aspect of new media and for some aspect of new media communities; every click is a vote.
The event organizers would like to thank Dr. Charles Henry, Chair, African American Studies, for support of the conference, and Greg Niemeyer (co-director of The Data and Democracy Initiative at CITRIS).
Playlist of the conference is available at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL712D006321CD2343&feature=plcp