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What Happens to the “Data” in Big Data?

January 12, 2016 Uncategorized No comments

The Research Project “Algorithmic Governmentality” (FNRS – Belgium) cordially invites you to the residential seminar on the contemporary practices of quantification, which will be held from Monday the 8th to Friday the 12th of February 2016, at the Université de Namur and the “Ferme de l’Abbaye des Moulins”.

5 Lectures (cf. attached poster) will take place from 5pm to 7pm on the following dates:

  • Monday the 8th: Xavier Guchet
    Big Data in Service of Personalised Medicine.
    (Ferme de l’Abbaye des Moulins).
  • Tuesday the 9th : Donald Mackenzie
    How Algorithms Predict the Future.
    (Université de Namur).
  • Wednesday the 10th: Emmanuel Didier
    Big Data and Genomics.
    (Université de Namur).
  • Thursday the 11th: Christoph Hoffmann
    Datawork: Context Dependent Notions of Scientific Data
    (Université de Namur).
  • Friday the 12th: Anat Leibler
    From Old to New Data Practices of Documenting Individuals.
    (Ferme de l’Abbaye des Moulins).

Presentations and discussions of participants’ works (cf. program) will take place at the Ferme Abbaye des Moulins, during the week, from 9am to 1pm. If you wish to attend these sessions at the “Ferme Abbaye des Moulins” please contact jeremy.grosman@unamur.be.

This winter school is put together jointly by four research projects and two STS groups: “Algorithmic Governmentality” (uNamur – ULB – Saint-Louis), “Desktop Studies” (Zürich-Luzern), “Politics of genomic information – GIGS” (ULg), “Postgenomic Solidarity” (KUL), the STS Network Belgium, the “Counting Differently” STS working group at the University of Oxford.

Jérémy Grosman

Les valeurs de Google – Vidéos

January 3, 2016 Uncategorized No comments

Les valeurs de Google

November 11, 2015 Uncategorized No comments

Ci-joint l’affiche et le programme de la journée d’étude “Les valeurs de Google”, organisée par le groupe gouvernementalité algorithmique, qui se tiendra le 30 novembre 2015 àl’Université Libre de Bruxelles de 10 à 18h.


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Programme :
– 10h – 10h45 : Bernard Stiegler (Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation)« Valeur, nihilisme et transvaluation à l’époque de Google, du world wide web et du capitalisme purement computationnel »
– 11h – 11h45 : Cléo Collomb (ATER-Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Université Libre de Bruxelles)« Google, une entreprise de mise en foule de la multitude : corruption et récalcitrance dans le web de documents et le web de personnes »
– 12h15 – 13h30 Pause midi
– 13h30 – 14h15 : Judith Rochfeld (Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne) « Les valeurs de Google : A qui profite la “valeur” des données personnelles ?
– 14h45 – 15h30 : Yann Moulier-Boutang (Université de Technologie de Compiègne)« Des valeurs de Google à la Googlisation de la valeur économique »
– 16h – 16h15 : Pause café
– 16h15 – 17h : Jérémy Grosman (Université de Namur) etTyler Reigeluth (Université Libre de Bruxelles)« La recommandation comme valorisation et mise en valeur comportementale »- 17h30 -18hDiscussion de clôture.

Affiche Les valeurs de Google

Valeurs de Google programme

Interdisciplinary Winter School – What happens to the data in ‘Big Data’?

September 21, 2015 Uncategorized No comments

New Practices of Quantification between Politics, Science and Technology

 

This message is a call for paper for the “Interdisciplinary Winter School” (February 2016, 8-12th) on “Big Data”.

The core idea of this residential seminar is to reflect upon new practices of quantification and their political effects. Our intended perspective could be labeled “practical” and “technological”, since our intention is to trace the political effects of quantification practices via their, historical, material and methodological specificities (algorithms, tables, surveys, etc.). Furthermore, in contrast to much contemporary commentary and literature, we do not presuppose any rupture between standard statistical practices and “Big Data” (data-mining, machine-learning, etc.). In fact, the presence or the absence of this rupture is precisely one target of our interrogation.

Please find a proposal attached that gets to the flesh and bones of what we want to do and question throughout this week.

Application

Applications should be sent to “algorithmicgovernmentality@unamur.be” before the 1st of December (included) and must contain: 1° an abstract summarizing your proposal (max. 2 pages) ; 2° a motivation letter for participating to the residential seminar ; 3° a curriculum vitae.

The schedule of the event is as follow:

  • Proposals should be sent for the 1st December 2015

  • Confirmation will be given for the 7th December 2015

  • Papers shall be sent to each participant by the January 25th 2016

  • Winter School starts on the 8th of February and ends on the 12th of February

Organization

Each participant will have a 45 minutes slot dedicated to their work (presentation and discussion), within one of the organized morning panels. We require full papers to be sent at least two weeks in advance to all the participants. Keynote Speakers give a public lecture and lead one morning panel, commenting on presentations and organising the discussion.

The four keynotes speakers have kindly accepted to participate in the event are:

  • Emmanuel Didier, Permanent Researcher CNRS (University of California Los Angeles).

  • Xavier Guchet, Professor of Philosophy at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

  • Christoph Hoffman, Professor of Science Studies at Luzern University.

  • Donald Mackenzie, Professor of Sociology at Edinburgh University

This winter school is put together jointly by four research projects and two STS groups: “Algorithmic Governmentality” (uNamur – ULB – Saint-Louis), Desktop Studies” (Zürich-Luzern), “Politics of genomic information – GIGS” (ULg), “Postgenomic Solidarity” (KUL), the STS Network Belgium, the “Counting Differently” STS working group at the University of Oxford.

We will come back with more details in due time, but the fees of the residential seminar are set to 200 euros, and will essentially cover accommodation and breakfast for the full week. Other food expenses will be organized collectively on site.

Information

Should you have any questions or concerns, contact http://directory.unamur.be/staff/jgrosman

Séminaire de lecture sur Le Normal et la Pathologique de G. Canguilhem.

May 26, 2015 Uncategorized No comments

La journée se tiendra jeudi 28 mai, à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, sur le campus du Solbosch, au bâtiment K, de 10h00 à 18h00.

Elle sera composée de 4 moments, chacun d’entre eux comprenant 45 minutes d’exposé et 30 minutes de discussion :

  • Tyler Reigeluth proposera une lecture de la partie “L’état pathologique n’est-il qu’une modification quantitative de l’état normal ?”
  • Jérémy Grosman enchaînera avec la seconde partie “Existe-t-il une science du normal et du pathologique ?” ;
  • Julien Pieron commentera la seconde section : “Nouvelles réflexions sur le normal et le pathologique” ;
  • Charles Wolfe concluera en proposant une analyse plus transversale de l’ouvrage et ouvrant à une plus large discussion.

Une heure sera laissée, en fin de journée, pour discuter plus largement de l’ouvrage.

Le livre est supposé lu, par tous les participants. N’hésitez pas à inviter les personnes dont la présence vous semble requise ! tout en gardant à l’esprit, qu’il ne faudrait pas trop dépasser la quinzaine pour garder une atmosphère propice à l’échange.

Subjectivité meurtrières : l’éthique barbare du monde mathématisé des Big Data (D. Deprins)

May 23, 2015 Uncategorized No comments

D. Deprins présente au XXVe séminaire du Comité Européen Droit, Ethique et Psychiatrie (CEDEP) une conférence intitulée : Subjectivité meurtrières : l’éthique barbare du monde mathématisé des Big Data (D. Deprins). Vous trouverez ci-joint l’introduction de la communication

Une philosophie de la liberté d’expression dans son rapport à l’insulte

April 14, 2015 Uncategorized No comments

Thomas Berns est invité pour une série de leçons par le département de Philosophie de Université de Galatasaray, en collaboration avec l’Institut Français d’Etudes Anatoliennes (IFEA), sur la question d’une philosophie de la liberté d’expression dans son rapport à l’insulte.

Matteo Pasquinelli – Conférence 1 avril 2015 – ULB

March 20, 2015 Uncategorized No comments

PasquinelliDans le cadre du projet Grouvernementalité Algorihtmique, nous avons le plaisir d’accueillir ce mercredi 1 avril 2015, Matteo Pasquinelli qui donnera une conférence intitulée: “Anomaly Detection: The Mathematization of the Abnormal in the Metadata Society”. La conférence aura lieu de 14h à 16h à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles au R42.5.107.

Pasquinelli Programme PDF

Viveiros de Castro (1)

March 2, 2015 Uncategorized No comments

Jérémy Grosman fera un exposé lors de la journée du 2 mars à la Faculté d’Architecture de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, dans le cadre d’un séminaire consacré au dernier livre de Viveiros de Castro, Métaphysiques Cannibales.

Automating normality: Detecting abnormal behaviors – A case-study in computational visions

February 11, 2015 Uncategorized No comments

In this paper we discuss the results of a philosophical inquiry building on a surveillance project entitled: Privacy Perimeter Preserving Protection Project (P5), funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission’ rather briefly, the project aimed at detecting, in real time, threatening intrusions within the outdoor perimeter of any critical Infrastructure by using a wide variety of sensors including radars, video and visual cameras’ )hile automation of image analysis promises crucial impacts on the organization of surveillance, important challenges must still be overcome before a robust technological system can be available+in the words of engineers: a system guaranteeing a very low rate of detection failures under any weather conditions-‘ .his paper concentrates on the very last component of this broad system, namely the set of algorithms enabling the discrimination between normal- and threatening- behaviors’ such a technological focus will allow us to investigate the interplay between machine-learning algorithms and socio-technical definition of normal behavior more fundamentally, we claim that these algorithmic practices significantly reshape our concepts of statistical and social norms (Hacking, Macherey) beforehand, we propose, to carefully unfold one of the many algorithms developed by the University of Reading Computational Vision Group partner in this European project’ .he considered algorithm for behavioral recognition centrally draws upon Hidden Markov 0odel and Bayesian <etwor$s+both widespread techniques used in pattern recognition, showing the particularity of turning quite old statistical techniques into innovative algorithmic devices. A genetic description of the algorithm’s technical scheme (Simondon) will help us in deploying three focal points where social and technical normativities intertwine: (i) the metrics definition, (ii) the algorithm’s tests and (iii) the dataset’s constitution.

Full Abstract

Programme:_Profile, Predict and Prevent