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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

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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

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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

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Helen Kara and Su-ming Khoo, editors of three rapid responses on Researching in the Age of COVID-19, outline how the pandemic has transformed the way academics conduct research and presented creative, ethical opportunities.…Read more

Simon Bell, Institutional Key Account Manager at Bristol University Press, discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on collaboration and communication across the scholarly community.…Read more

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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

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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

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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

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by Thomas Swann  |  5th September 2020

Thomas Swann, author of 'Anarchist Cybernetics', discusses what social media used to be like for activists, how that has changed and why we need to take back control of our technology.…Read more

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by Phil Jones  |  20th August 2020

Phil Jones discusses his Playful Methods Lab and how creative research techniques can be used to develop new approaches to research that might help us to answer the research questions we hadn’t previously thought of.…Read more