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The Cambridge Centre for the Humanities and Social Change, hosted by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, is developing two four-year projects to investigate the interface between technology, expertise and social change: Giving Voice to Digital Democracies & Expertise under pressure.

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Fact-Checking Hackathon

The project ‘Giving Voice to Digital Democracies’ hosted its first hands-on workshop in form of a hackathon from 10-12 January 2020

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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convening the First Novel Coronavirus Expert Meeting. 16 Feburary 2020

Reading Elizabeth Anderson in the time of COVID-19

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The pandemic is a good time to reflect on expertise (if you have the luxury). During this particular emergency, governments appear to pay heed to experts. Or at least they do now that the extent of the crisis is clear. The public and the media show them respect and even reverence. This is especially true…

Group picture of the participants from the fact-checking hackathon

Fact-checking Hackathon

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The Giving Voice to Digital Democracies is part of the Centre for the Humanities and Social Change, Cambridge, funded by the Humanities and Social Change International Foundation, and we started 2020 with a Fact-checking Hackathon on 10-12 January. The event took place at the Cambridge University Engineering Department.  The project manager Marcus Tomalin welcomed attendees to the event before Mevan Babkar, head of automated…

Expertise, Adult Learning & Intercultural Effectiveness

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In November 2019, Fodé Beaudet from the Canadian Foreign Service Institute from Global Affairs Canada visited the UK as part of a project to better understand how we can design, facilitate and evaluate our work to support behavioural change at the individual, group or system level. He met with Anna Alexandrova and Hannah Baker at…

When Does Explaining Become Explaining Away? Compassion, Justification and Exculpation in Social Research

When Does Explaining Become Explaining Away? Compassion, Justification and Exculpation in Social Research 795 599 Federico Brandmayr

The Expertise Under Pressure project hosted its first workshop on 27 September 2019 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)…

Quarantining Online Hate Speech

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Research Publication “quarantining online hate speech” Ethics and information technology 10 October 2019 Press Release by Cambridge University https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/online-hate-speech-could-be-contained-like-a-computer-virus-say-researchers 17 December 2019 Artificial intelligence is being developed that will allow advisory ‘quarantining’ of hate speech in a manner akin to malware filters – offering users a way to control exposure to ‘hateful content’ without resorting to censorship. We…

Expert Bites – Bill Byrne

Expert Bites – Bill Byrne 1000 690 Hannah Baker

Professor Bill Byrne, Information Engineering, University of Cambridge Summary By Hannah Baker 22 November 2019 Professor Bill Byrne’s research is focused on statistical modelling of speech and language, with his current interest being in statistical machine translation. Bill is part of the ‘Giving Voice to Digital Democracies’ team who, as with the ‘Expertise Under Pressure’…

Artificial Intelligence and Social Change

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Talk 19 October 2019 Festival of ideas, cambridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhcKL7pb180&t=16s Dr Marcus Tomalin, Project Manager of Giving Voice to Digital Democracies, gave a talk at the Festival of Ideas on “Artificial Intelligence and Social Change” on 19 October 2019. The Giving Voice to Digital Democracies project investigates the social impact of Artificially Intelligent Communications Technology (AICT).…

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Language, Society, Technology

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Tweet Third workshop 30 September 2019 Centre for research in the arts, social sciences and humanities (crassh), cambridge The Giving Voice to Digital Democracies project hosted its third workshop on 30th September 2019 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). The project is part of the Centre for the Humanities and Social…

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Language, Gender, Technology

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Tweet second workshop 17 May 2019 Centre for research in the arts, social sciences and humanities (crassh), cambridge The Giving Voice to Digital Democracies project hosted its second workshop on 17th May 2019 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). The project is part of the Centre for the Humanities and Social…

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Language, Ethics, Technology

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Tweet Inaugural workshop 25 March 2019 Centre for research in the arts, social sciences and humanities (crassh), cambridge The Giving Voice to Digital Democracies project hosted its inaugural workshop on 25th March 2019 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). The project is part of the Centre for the Humanities and Social…