Alumni Events

October23
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

ISSR Seminar | Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social Media

Tarleton Gillespie’s Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social Media investigates how social media platforms police what we post online—and the way these decisions shape public discourse, cultural production, and the fabric of society. Gillespie provides an overview of current social media practices and explains the underlying rationales for how, when, and why “content moderators” censor or promote user-posted content.

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October25
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Social Science & Social Location Series | Gender in the Social Science Professions

Laurel Smith-Doerr is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Social Science Research at UMass Amherst, coordinating the University's groundbreaking NSF-ADVANCE grant on Advancing Women and Underrepresented Faculty in Science and Engineering.

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October26
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 12:00pm

AI in the Open World: Discovering Blind Spots of AI (Social Science Matters: Technological Shifts and Social Change)

Despite advances in AI, machines still have limitations in accomplishing tasks that come naturally to humans. When AI systems are fielded in the open world, these limitations cause concerns around reliability, biases and trust. In this talk, I will argue that hybrid systems that combine the strengths of machine and human intelligence is key to overcoming the limitations of AI algorithms and developing reliable systems. In the first part of the talk, I will present techniques that can guide human labeling efforts for efficient discovery of blind spots of machine learned classifiers.

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October30
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowds and the Ambivalence of Resistance in Bangladesh

Nusrat S. Chowdhury is assistant professor of anthropology at Amherst College. She teaches and writes on popular sovereignty and political communication with particular focus on Bangladesh. Her book, Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowd Politics in Bangladesh (Stanford U Press 2019) makes an original case for the crowd as a defining feature and a foundational force of democratic practices in and beyond South Asia

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October30
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowds and the Ambivalence of Resistance in Bangladesh

Nusrat S. Chowdhury is assistant professor of anthropology at Amherst College. She teaches and writes on popular sovereignty and political communication with particular focus on Bangladesh. Her book, Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowd Politics in Bangladesh (Stanford U Press 2019) makes an original case for the crowd as a defining feature and a foundational force of democratic practices in and beyond South Asia.

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