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Launching the 2017 ICT4D Seminar Series
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You can now sign up for the 2017 ICT4D seminar series at the Oxford Internet Institute. I've put this year's list together with my colleague Sanna Ojanperä. This also marks the fourth year that we have been running the series! You can watch webcasts of dozens of past talks here

Title: Spatializing publics: mobile social media, urban sociability and the materiality of civic engagement
Speaker: Dr Wendy Willems
Date: 21 February @ 16:30
Location: Seminar Room, 1 St Giles
Registration: Please register on Eventbrite

We are excited to welcome Wendy Willems from London School of Economics and Political Science for her ICT4D talk 'Spatializing publics: mobile social media, urban sociability and the materiality of civic engagement'.


Title: What makes cities successful? A complex systems approach to modelling urban economies
Speaker: Dr Neave O’Clery
Date: 28 February @ 16:30
Location: Seminar Room, 1 St Giles
Registration: Please register on

We are excited to welcome Dr Neave O’Clery from the University of Oxford Mathematical Institute for her ICT4D talk 'What makes cities successful? A complex systems approach to modelling urban economies'.


Title: How do low-income users negotiate new practices of identity in a connected, digital age?
Speaker: Dr Savita Bailur
Date: 9 March @ 16:30
Location: Seminar Room, 1 St Giles
Registration: Please register on Eventbrite

We are excited to welcome Dr Savita Bailur from Caribou Digital for her ICT4D talk 'How do low-income users negotiate new practices of identity in a connected, digital age'.
 


Title: The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers thrive and Work does not pay
Speaker: Guy Standing
Date: 14 March @ 16:30
Location: Seminar Room, 1 St Giles
Registration: Please register on Eventbrite

We are excited to welcome Guy Stadning from the University of London for his ICT4D talk 'The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers thrive and Work does not pay'.

We're hiring! Data Scientist to study the geography of the darknet

Grade 7: Salary £31,076 – £38,183 p.a.

We are looking for a full-time Researcher to work with Professor Mark Graham and Dr Joss Wright on a new project on ‘The Economic Geography of the Darknet’.

Relatively little is known about the geography of the global darknet trade. Although the strong anonymity on darknet markets prohibits any data collection about the geography of consumption of things like drugs and weapons, there is a large amount of data available about the sale of such goods and services.

This project seeks to employ techniques from computational social science and digital geography in order to achieve two primary objectives. First, we seek to use scrape relevant geographic information out datasets of darknet sales: building some re-usable data at the country level (e.g. ‘the number of heroin sellers based in every country’, ‘the total number of vendors selling weapons in every country’ etc.). Second, we seek to map, visualise, and analyse those data: using multiple variables (the various categories of products and services) to ask ‘what is the geography of illicit products and services?’ We hope to further ask ‘does the online trade of illicit goods and services have a significantly different geography from conventional mappings of that trade?’ In other words, can data from the darknet be used as a proxy for more traditional (and much harder to collect) data about illegal economic activities?

The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a doctorate in computer science, GIS, economics, sociology or other relevant discipline (i.e. postdocs), but we also welcome applications from qualified individuals without a doctorate (e.g. candidates with industry experience). Programming skills, and experience with GIS are required.

Based at the Oxford Internet Institute, this position is available immediately for 12 months (as a part-time role) or 7 months (as a full-time role) in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, funding permitting.

Please note: This role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored tier 2 visa under the points based immigration system, however applications are welcome from candidates who don’t currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a visa via another route.

Download the Job Description and Selection Criteria

Please note that you may only apply through the Oxford University’s recruitment website

Only applications received before 12.00 midday GMT on Monday 5th February can be considered.

Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place on week commencing 26th February 2017.

Work with me at the Oxford Internet Institute: we’re hiring a Data Scientist / Data Hacker

Data Scientist/Data Hacker

Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford

Grade 7: £31,076 – £38,183 p.a.

The Oxford Internet Institute is a leading centre for research into individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the Internet. We seek a full-time Data Scientist to work with Professor Mark Graham on two projects: (1) the University of Oxford funded incubator on ‘big data and human development’, which seeks to understand how we can address key issues in development with computational approaches; (2) the European Research Council funded Geonet project which seeks to map and measure the geographies of the internet.

In this exciting role, the researcher will work with small teams from around the university on short development-related projects. They will be in charge of collecting data via APIs, web scraping, and collaborations with platform owners, apply standard statistical analyses as well as bespoke computational analyses to address questions of economic, social, and policy relevance, and produce eye-catching visualisations of the results. They will also contribute to the dissemination of the findings through academic publications, reports, presentations, and social media.

The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a postgraduate degree in computer science, GIS, economics, quantitative geography or sociology or other relevant discipline. Good programming skills and an interest in economic development are required.

Based at the Oxford Internet Institute, this position is available immediately for 12 months, in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, funding permitting.

To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description, please click on the link below.

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=126297

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Monday 12 December 2016 can be considered. Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place on week commencing 16 January 2017.

Cross-posted from Geonet: Investigating the Changing Connectivities and Potentials of Sub-Saharan Africa's Knowledge Economy

The Digital Geographies specialty group mailing list

I have been working with some brilliant colleagues and collaborators to set up a new ‘Digital Geographies’ speciality group up at the Association of American Geographers. The AAG is currently reviewing our application package. But what you can do in the meantime, is sign up to our newly-created mailing list (set up by the tireless Jim Thatcher). 

Those of you thinking of attending the AAG, might also be interested in the related call for papers that we’ve put together: Digital\Human\Labour