The Department of Information Science will be hosting its annual ‘Tech and Society’ talk series from 25 to 28 September. From current research, to alumni in industry, we will cover a number of exciting topics over the course of four lunch hour presentations. Those interested can RSVP at our events page.

Information Science tech and Society 2018

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.

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