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Kid working on a computer
by John Bynner and Walter R. Heinz  |  26th March 2021

John Bynner and Walter Heinz, authors of 'Youth Prospects in the Digital Society', outline some of the challenges and uneven prospects young people face in a digital society. …Read more

Colourful dots in concentric circles
by Rob Kitchin  |  9th February 2021

Rob Kitchin, author of ‘Data Lives: How Data are Made and Shape our World’, warns us not to accept data at face value. He explains why he is telling data stories to remind us that the production of data is a creative endeavour.…Read more

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by Scott Timcke  |  18th January 2021

Scott Timcke, author of 'Algorithms and the End of Politics', considers how digital tech companies not only shape everyday perception, but control the economy, legitimise state force and upend democratic practice. …Read more

Sign saying 'The climate is changing, why aren't we?'
by Philippe Bihouix  |  8th December 2020

Following the publication of ‘The Age of Low Tech’, Philippe Bihouix explains the concept of shifting baselines and argues that we need the absolute decoupling of economic growth and resource consumption.…Read more

Cardboard hashtag in a shipping container
by Bridget Harris and Laura Vitis  |  24th November 2020

With minimal diversity in tech companies, is it a surprise that inequalities and biases are embedded in technology, and potential impacts on women often overlooked by developers? Bridget Harris and Laura Vitis examine tech abuse and how women are using tech to fight back.…Read more

World map made of colourful dots
by Clare Wilkinson  |  12th November 2020

As COVID-19 continues to heighten attention on science communication in 2020, Clare Wilkinson introduces a new book series 'Contemporary Issues in Science Communication', which seeks to increase the breadth and depth of academic accounts in science communication. …Read more

Sign saying 'Think outside the box'
by Rob Kitchin  |  10th November 2020

Rob Kitchin explains how blending scholarly analysis and fictional storytelling offers the potential to communicate scholarly findings beyond academia.…Read more

A typewriter and laptop back to back
by Philippe Bihouix  |  21st October 2020

Philippe Bihouix outlines how a low-tech alternative exists to our society hell-bent on extraction, production and consumption, and how we must reinvent our modes of production to build a more resilient, equitable and sustainable society.…Read more

An umbrella blocking binary code
by Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser  |  19th October 2020

In this two-part episode of the Transforming Society podcast, Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser, authors of 'Slow Computing', discuss the consequences of digital technologies, focussing on time acceleration and data extraction, and look at practical ways in which we can create more balanced digital lives, both individually and collectively.…Read more

Close up of clock
by Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser  |  24th September 2020

Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser, authors of 'Slow Computing', look at how our use of digital devices leaves many of us feeling rushed and stressed, and discuss ways we can take back control of our use of tech and how it is used in relation to us. …Read more