Together in Public

New technologies are changing how we interact with each other in physical and digital spaces

Scientists Like Me Are Studying Your Tweets–Are You OK With That?

As researchers, we have a responsibility to acknowledge that factors like the type of data, the creator of that data, and our intended use for the data are important when it comes to using public information.
Casey Fiesler
7 min read

The Aesthetics of Feeling Safe

Rape is added to the lengthy list of the things a woman should keep in mind before going out, in addition to skin oil and bra lines and the effect that gravity can have on our hair.
Hannah Harris Green
4 min read

What Our Tech Ethics Crisis Says About the State of Computer Science Education

The problem with “I’m just an engineer” isn’t the engineer’s inability to identify all relevant ethical implications–it’s that they don’t think it’s their job to do so.
Casey Fiesler
7 min read

Violence Spreads Like A Disease. It Can Be Stopped Like One, Too

The “Cure Violence” model works by “interrupting transmission” of violence-employing street workers to intervene and try to cool down conflicts, preventing situations from escalating.
Samira Shackle
4 min read

Quality Over Quantity: Bioethics at the Vatican

Several hundred scientists, physicians, and policymakers gathered in Rome in April 2018 for the International Vatican Conference, to discuss ethics in scientific research.
Joanne Lee
3 min read

Chasing Virality Brought Us Fake News, Now Everything’s on Fire

By uncritically embedding itself into social networks, did the media actually usher in the era of fake news?
Reni Eddo-Lodge
9 min read

The Schedule and the Stream

Despite the utopian promises of early pioneers, public spaces do not organically emerge from new technologies.
Matt Locke
9 min read

How the Art of Signaling Is Changing

Who needs eyes when you have an app?
Hannah Harris Green
9 min read

Street Protest Lessons from Argentina

After Trump’s inauguration, the question is: Will the United States see an increase in authoritarianism against public protest, just like Argentina is experiencing under its own right-wing presidency?
Martin Etchegaray
8 min read

Activism on the Subway Platform

Activists across the world are leveraging the power of public transit as a place of common reference for the people who ride it.
Steven Higashide
8 min read

The Web Divided

Will machine translation ever bring us together?
Corin Faife
10 min read

Together in Public: A Reading List

How new technologies are changing how we interact with each other in physical and digital spaces.
How We Get To Next
5 min read
A close-up of a smartphone, showing social media apps like Twitter and Facebook

Why an App Monitoring Your Distress on Twitter Does More Harm Than Good

A suicide prevention charity demonstrates that intent is not magic
Jakob Whitfield
2 min read

Connecting Engineers with Local Community Groups

How UCL’s Engineering Exchange helps experts and activists work together for a better world.
Alice Bell
2 min read