Matt is a lead artist at Blast Theory, a pioneering artist group creating interactive art to explore social and political questions, placing audience members at the centre of work. Since 1991, he’s been using interactive media to create groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting.
London based Blast Theory is fascinated with building dialogues with the public. Their work is interactive and often uses technology. Matt talks about how they attempt to create spaces where anyone can speak, in their own voice and in a way that's meaningful to them.
Hear about several projects including one in which they invited the residents of two cities to imagine life in 2097. Then made five science fiction films on the streets of those cities starring residents, plus an app and two live events. And then at 2pm one Sunday every single phone box rang with a call from the future.
THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE ENCRYPTED
(Thoughts from the Frontline of Civil Rights & Circumvention Tech)
| Matt Mitchell at Eyeo 2018 |
Matt Mitchell is a hacker, security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist who founded & leads CryptoHarlemimpromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. Matt is the Director of Digital Safety & Privacy, at Tactical Technology. In his work there Matt leads security training efforts, curricula, and organizational security. Matt trains people as an independent trainer for Global Journalist Security in digital safety & security.
Matt talks about his experience as a trainer & educator teaching digital safety & privacy to civil rights movements inside and out of the United States. Where privacy "settings" fail and where they triumph. He talks about his tools of choice, dissects some of the gear of the trade and how it serves and impedes the goals of the marginalized.
DATA GENESIS: AI'S PRIMORDIAL SOUP
| Meredith Whittaker at Eyeo 2018 |
Meredith is the executive director and co-founder of the AI Now Institute, which produces interdisciplinary research on the social implications of artificial intelligence and acts as a hub for the emerging field focused on these issues. Housed at New York University, The AI Now Institute’s research focuses on four key domains: rights and liberties, labor and automation, bias and inclusion, and safety and critical infrastructure.
This talk will examine the data that trains and shapes AI systems. Where does it come from? Who makes it? Who gets to say what it "represents", and what kinds of knowledge and experience are beyond the bounds of such representation? We will look at how close readings of such data might help us better understand issues of bias, fairness, and power at a time when AI systems are making increasingly significant decisions across core social and economic domains.
BIG DATA DISASTERS
| Nathaniel Raymond at Eyeo 2018 |
Nathaniel is the founding Director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. He has over fifteen years of experience as a humanitarian aid worker and human rights investigator, including as director of the campaign against torture at Physicians for Human Rights. Raymond was formerly director of operations for the George Clooney-founded Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) at HHI.
In this talk Nathaniel covers the myriad ways that attempts to use big data to help people can actually make natural disasters and armed conflicts worse. Drawing on his real world experience deploying data and tech for humanitarian and human rights purposes, he explains what can go wrong and how we might prevent these big data disasters in the future. What are ”disaster apps" and are they a good thing? What is data deluge and digital invisibility? What is the difference between DII and PII and ABI, and why should we care? How can satellite imagery help us see things better in an emergency and how can it make us blind?
FISH, HAMSTERS, HAMMERS AND SELFIES
| Neil Mendoza at Eyeo 2018 |
Neil’s work uses digital and mechanical technologies to bring inanimate objects and spaces to life. Using this medium, he explores the absurd, the humorous, the futile and the surreal.
Why write spreadsheet software when you could be imbuing hamsters with art skills? Why design the next smart kitchen appliance when you could be teaching fish to use hand tools? In this presentation, Neil will be talking about his explorations building complicated useless machines.