Breakfast Seminar: Bringing the “cloud” down to earth. For a material history of bits.

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The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) 12.06.2015 fra 08:30 til 10:00


Social scientists are increasingly interested in researching the implications of high-tech security devices, such as those used, for example, for surveillance, authentication, or risk assessment. However, a clear understanding of the inner workings of these technologies and their related processes is often missing.

For many, the Internet itself remains elusive and concepts such as “the cloud” reinforce the virtual, intangible character of the digital. As a result, there is a limited understanding of how the “Information Age” is structured by material constraints, such as power consumption, bandwidth, and processing power, preventing social scientists from providing critical studies of such processes.

In this presentation, Professor Blanchette (UCLA) will give an introduction into the material dimension of computing technologies, providing a vantage point from which to better appreciate the concrete limitations of cloud computing, and how these limitations inevitably shape its future evolution.


8:30- 8:45 Welcome (Mareile Kaufmann)
8:45 – 9:30 Key Note: Jean-Francois Blanchette, University of California Los Angeles
9:30 – 9:40 Discussant (Rocco Bellanova)
9:40 – 10:00 Open Discussion with Audience

A light breakfast will be served from 8:15 onwards.

This NordSTEVA workshop is organised in collaboration with SOURCE: Virtual Centre of Excellence on Societal
Security in Europe, Work Package 6 on Ethics, Law and Human Rights.

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