Past Presentations
New Topographies of Wind and Power in Kansas
Lisa Cartwright and Steven Rubin
Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:00pm

This talk draws on a multi-year sensory ethnography by Lisa Cartwright and Steven Rubin, who since 2009 have been documenting the everyday work experience and human-technology interaction in farming and ranching life on the land in Kansas communities where wind, long regarded as a potential threat to life, land, and property, has become a source of power to be "harvested" through an energy infrastructure built on small family farms.

CITS 15th Anniversary Event
Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:00pm

Join the Center for Information Technology & Society's 15th Anniversary Celebration

Annenberg Conference Room,
Social Sciences & Media Studies Building, 4th Floor, Room 4315

3-4pm: Opening remarks by current and former CITS directors
4-5:15pm: Keynote Lecture by John Seely Brown: “Past, Present and Future: Reflections on the Information Society” followed by Q&A
5:15-6pm: Hosted Reception catered by Via Maestro

Chaotic Pluralism: How Social Media Shape Collective Action
Helen Margetts
Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:00pm

What model of democracy is emerging in an era where social media are increasingly intertwined with politics for growing proportions of people across the world? This paper considers whether pluralist models provide a useful way to understand democracy in the social media age.

CITS PhD Emphasis Networking event
Thu, 10/09/2014 - 1:00pm

You are invited to the 1st networking event of the 2014-2015 academic year for the Technology & Society PhD Emphasis.

Do Law and Order Characters Affect Political Attitudes?
Magdalena Wojcieszak
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 4:00pm

Co-Sponsored by the Departments of Political Science, Communication,and Film and Media Studies Although researchers have been interested in whether and when ostensibly non-political, fictional programming influences viewers’ political perceptions and policy preferences, systematic evidence has been limited. The theories applied to explaining these potential influences focus on transportation (Green et al., 2004), and such sub-concepts as identification, sympathy, or immersion into the plot, factors that are frequently measured, but seldom manipulated (but de Graaf et al., 2012).

The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and the Politics of Attention in Cold War America
Fred Turner
Thu, 05/01/2014 - 4:00pm

In the early 1960s, young bohemians swayed together under the swirling lights of psychedelic slide shows, surrounded by walls of amplified sound, in dance halls and art galleries from Greenwich Village to San Francisco. For a generation of historians, their tribal rites have long represented a sharp break with a vastly more conservative early cold war media culture. This talk makes a very different case.

Information environments of displacement: Possibilities and limitations of ICTs
Carleen Maitland
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:00am

Hosted by the Dept. of Computer Science

People displaced by storms or armed conflict face several challenges in information access, including changing network connection modes as well as changing information needs. At the same time, service providers charged with meeting their needs, also face challenges in collecting, sharing and disseminating information.

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.