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May 2016

Event:  CCI Book Club - The Black Box Society

May 5, 2016
3:00 pm
MIT 14E-304

Come join CCI for our monthly book club discussion.
This month we will be discussing The Black Box Society:  The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information by Frank Pasquale.

"Every day, corporations are connecting the dots about our personal behavior―silently scrutinizing clues left behind by our work habits and Internet use. The data compiled and portraits created are incredibly detailed, to the point of being invasive. But who connects the dots about what firms are doing with this information? The Black Box Society argues that we all need to be able to do so―and to set limits on how big data affects our lives."

Additional information about the book and Pasquale's work can be found here.

Event Recap:  "Competition for All: Building Inclusive E-Sport Communities"

On April 22, 2016, Dr. T.L. Taylor led a panel on inclusivity and esports at PAX East. If you missed the event, you can watch it here. (There are audio issues until ~7:25.) The event was one of many AnyKey events. For more about Anykey, visit their website and follow them on Twitter. You can meet the AnyKey team here.

Summary:  The tremendous growth of e-sports offers exciting opportunities to bring more people into the scene. Lively competition and inclusive participation are both crucial components to building a healthy e-sports ecology. What are the challenges - from tournament organization to community management - to fostering a space that offers positive competitive opportunities for everyone? This panel will tackle key issues and discuss initiatives being undertaken to grow participation in e-sports.

Panelists:  T.L. Taylor [Professor, MIT], Morgan Romine [Director of Initiatives, AnyKey], Lil Chen [Gaming Interaction Designer, YouTube], Kelly Kline [Project Manager 24/7 Channels, ESL], Gabe Graziani [Senior Community Developer, Ubisoft]

Team Updates:

  • Dr. Ian Condry gave a talk in Rome at Sapienza Università di Roma called "Escape from Zombie Capitalism:  Lessons from Japanese Anime, Manga, and Music" on April 18, 2016. On April 26, 2016, Dr. Ian Condry hosted a screening and discussion for the release of The Beast and The Boy, the newest anime from Mamoru Hosoda, an award-winning Japanese director.
  • Dr. T.L. Taylor participated in a panel called "Are eSports The Future of Entertainment? : A Future Tense Event" at New America NYC on April 5, 2016. Watch the talk here.
  • Lilia Kilburn, R.A., presented her master's thesis project titled, "The Ghost in the (Answering) Machine: Vocality, Technology, Temporality" for CMS Thesis Day on April 8, 2016.
  • Lacey Lord presented her master's thesis project titled, "The Panel from Digits to Digital: An Exploration of Touch in Comics" for CMS Thesis Day on April 8, 2016.

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