ART 23AC – Foundations of American Cyber-Culture – Greg Niemeyer – UC Berkeley

ART 23AC – Foundations of American Cyber-Culture – Greg Niemeyer – UC Berkeley


[MUSIC PLAYING] Thank you. You just clicked on a button to play this video. When you did, you created a trail of data. You told me when you are watching, what computer you have, and where you’re from. At the end, you will also tell me how much of the video you actually watched. Is that fair? Wouldn’t it be more fair if you could see your own data trail? Well, in our online class, Data Arts, we talk about gathering, sharing, and visualizing data– the most powerful medium of our time. We’ll learn to discover great stories in data. We’ll even find heroes in data. And we can’t wait to find out what happens next in the data streams we look at. We discover the basic concepts of fairness and justice in data through collaborative research and creative work. We will discuss how to measure data, why the concept of privacy endures, who learns more from whom when we do internet searches, how the meaning of data changes over time, and how every move you make leaves both visible and invisible data trails. Our course features a peer gallery in which we share work with each other for commenting, inspiration, and plus 1s. Our course also features weekly video chat sessions in small groups of 10 students where we discuss current topics in data and explore how to reason with data. Our final project is to visualize data for a real organization of your choice so that you can see the impact of your new skills on a cause you care for. Together, we create a data culture that is every bit as exciting as the next video you will click on. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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