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Guest blog: Green volunteerism in the UK — we need to scale up asap

This was originally commissioned for my CIC Transitionlab.earth. By Lia Flattery www.transitionlab.earth Effectively confronting the climate crisis will require vastly more volunteers giving their time to environmental and climate action.There are already some signs of this happening — between 2000 and 2017, the amount of time volunteers contributed to conservation activities in England increased by […]

Improbable’s new virtual worlds will need new social boundaries to thrive. Can pro-social AI offer a solution?

Part of my PhD research has exposed a need for effective moderation in social environments online. This article explores how one company called Improbable could benefit from pro-social AI’s to help moderate the huge multiplayer world’s they are creating. Improbable’s second round of funding gives them the opportunity to break down the technical barrier to […]

A tyranny of algorithms

Originally published on University of Cambridge Sociology website: https://www.smhr.sociology.cam.ac.uk/blog/RwSMHandsDent Who regulates the algorithms that influence our experience online? That is the question Joss Hands, a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University conducting research into media and critical theory, asked the Researching (with) Social Media reading group in November 2014. Algorithms analyse much of what we do […]

The campaign to help Jimmy Thoronka shows the internet’s power for good

Originally printed in The Guardian on 10th March, 2015: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/10/campaign-jimmy-thoronka-internet-power-good Last Friday afternoon I was writing my PhD first year report. I was on a deadline and still had a chapter to write. I’m researching how social networks and crowdsourcing can help people in poverty and crisis. I took a break to read the news […]