25 September 2018
28 September 2018
Arts and Social Sciences Building
The Department of Information Science invites you to participate in a series of lunch time talks 25–28 September 2018 on the broad topic of Tech and Society. From current research, to alumni in industry, we will cover a number of topics during the week. Sign up below for each talk. Space is limited.
Bots & Nots: attracting & classifying – Tuesday 25 September 13:00-14:00 – Comp::Soc(Sci)
Two students, Petrus and Morakane, will be presenting research from the Computational Social Science Group. The research focussed on attracting and classifying politically motivated bots on twitter in South Africa.
The Evolution of South African Politics: As seen through Twitter – Wednesday 26 September 13:00-14:00 – Kyle Findlay
South Africa has changed a lot in the past five years and much of that change can be tracked through social media conversations if you have the right tools. The field of data science gives us a wide array of techniques for making sense of complex, “big data” and this talk will use some of those methods to describe the journey our country has been on… and continues along.
Silicon Cape, Insuretech and Ctrl! – Thursday 27 September 13:00-14:00 – Christo Goosen
Christo is an alum of the Socio-Informatics programme. He will be talking about the growing Silicon Cape scene, particularly the exciting developments around insuretech from his perspective as the CTO of the key player in the space “Ctrl”.
Blockchain and Society – Friday 28 September 13:00-14:00 – Frederick Lutz
Fred, an alum of the department, completed his Master’s degree in Economics, focused on media piracy, while founding Custos. During his studies, he founded and ran a blockchain consultancy for a year. He is now an expert on the economics of piracy, with a specific focus on the intra-community incentive structures. He joins us to talk about the future of blockchain technology and the impoacts on society.