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Past Presentations
CITS Panel on Information Technology Research Methods
Tue, 03/11/2014 - 4:00pm

On Tuesday, March 11 at 4:00

The Mathematics of Cause and Effect
Judea Pearl
Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:00am

UCSB Department of Computer Science presents:
Co-hosted by CITS and the Sage Center
Recent developments in graphical models and the logic of causation have had a drastic effect on the way scientists now treat problems involving cause-effect relationships.  Paradoxes and controversies have been resolved, slippery concepts have been demystified, and practical problems requiring causal information, which long were regarded as either metaphysical or unmanageable can now be solved using elementary mathematics.

Opportunities and Risks for Using Neuroscience in Communication Research
René Weber
Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:00pm

Numerous histories of communication science argue that our discipline evolved from earlier investigations in psychology and sociology in the early to mid 20th century and was always characterized by transdisciplinary perspectives. Today, scholars in related fields such as psychology have begun to study human behavior with state-of-the-art neuroscientific approaches. In the field of communication, however, it seems that this opportunity remained unexplored with few exceptions.

Dirty Sexy Policy Conference
Thu, 02/20/2014 - 5:00pm

Co-Sponsorship with Carsey Wolf Center. For more information, please visit their website.

Interactive Narratives as Networks: Graphing, Analyzing, and Visualizing the Shapes of Stories
Jeremy Douglass
Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:00pm

This talk surveys a set of research problems in approaches to interactive narratives--including video games, interactive comics, and "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style print gamebooks. How can we apply ideas from cultural analytics, graph theory, and social network analysis to the understanding of stories with many pathways and multiple endings?

Digitally Enabled Collective Action in the Global South
Steve Livingston
Tue, 01/21/2014 - 4:00pm
Considerable attention has been given to the probable effects of digital technologies on collective action in the Global North, especially concerning social movements in Europe and the United States. Less attention has been paid to digitally enabled collective action in the Global South. Livingston will speak to recent developments in digitally enabled collective action in places where the state is weak or altogether missing.
Graduate Student Gathering - Bagels and Tech Talk
Thu, 11/14/2013 - 11:00am

Gathering for students in the Technology & Society gateway course & PhD emphasis. Other graduate students and CITS faculty affiliates are welcome!

Send Solar Lights to Zambians!
CITS Fundraiser
Sun, 11/10/2013 - 1:00pm

A team of undergrad and graduate students from Film and Media Studies is doing a fundraiser thisSunday, Nov 10th from 1-6pm at Hana Kitchen restaurant to raise money to purchase Unite to Light solar lights (d