Information Ecosystems

Information Ecosystems

The University of Pittsburgh

This podcast, begun under the auspices of a Sawyer Seminar funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, now continues into a second season with the arrival of the 2021-2022 "Year of Data and Society" at the University of Pittsburgh. With these recordings, we seek to advance a deeply powerful understanding of where data comes from and how it is used, setting the present moment within a longer history of information supply and its power-laden consequences. This current Year of Data and Society provides the University of Pittsburgh an opportunity to think critically about the data we collect, use, and leave behind as traces, through our scholarly work, education, institutional operations, and digital lives. We are exploring the societal implications of data and its uses, recognizing that data can both empower and marginalize individuals and communities. This year-long conversation and supported activities will focus on what MIT professor Sarah Williams calls "data action," or responsible and ethical data practices that benefit the public good, and this podcast serves as one of its outputs.

Categories: Technology

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This is the first episode of the second season of the Information Ecosystems podcast. It is a conversation between Alison Langmead and Nora Mattern, two active leader-participants in this community. The website for the Information Ecosystems project is, and the website for the Year of Data and Society at the University of Pittsburgh is

Previous episodes

  • 22 - Episode 01: Introducing Season Two of Information Ecosystems 
    Fri, 14 Jan 2022 - 0h
  • 21 - Episode 21: Mario Khreiche and Jane Rohrer 
    Fri, 18 Jun 2021 - 0h
  • 20 - Episode 20: Annette Vee 
    Fri, 30 Apr 2021 - 0h
  • 19 - Episode 19: Lara Putnam 
    Fri, 16 Apr 2021 - 0h
  • 18 - Episode 18: Chris Gilliard 
    Fri, 02 Apr 2021 - 0h
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