April 2018

"Alexa, let's ask some questions..."

ETHOS Lab is back after an Easter Break, which we used to digest the many exciting things that happened in the lab during a long (and still so cold) March. We attended Co-Founder of the lab Prof. Brit Ross Winthereik's inaugural lecture, and were visited by Stuart Geiger for an inspiring public talk and a productive so-called un-workshop with visiting participants from Aalborg University Copenhagen and KUA. 

The lab's first Pitch & Play session was a success, and discussions continued way into the afternoon. We are looking forward to the next sessions, where Junior Researchers and faculty researchers once again get to interface about research.

Finally, in April, we will get to explore our interest in the Internet of Things, when international IoT Day rolls around on April 9. You can bet we will be marking the day, and will be using it as an opportunity to reflect on how different interactions with IoT shape our understanding of them.

All the best,




IoT Day Copenhagen

Did you know that April 9 is international IoT Day? Well, it is! ETHOS Lab is collaborating with the H2020 project VIRT-EU in marking the occasion and putting Copenhagen on the map of international IoT Day events with a small, informal lunch-hour event on Monday 9 April, 12:00-13:00 by the ETHOS Lab (3A30). Researchers Irina Shklovski and Rachel Douglas-Jones will be presenting some of the VIRT-EU project's research on IoT manifestos, and you will get a chance to scrutinize a couple of manifestos yourself, as well as meet our digital assistants Alexa and Google Home. We hope to bring together many interested in the Internet of Things and explore especially the ethical questions arising in the world of IoT.

You can read more about the event here.

When: Monday 9 April, 12:00-13:00
Where: ETHOS Lab (3A30)



The Danish Science Festival ('Forskningens Døgn')

On 19 April, ITU will be hosting the opening of The Danish Science Festival ('Forskningens Døgn'). ETHOS Lab will chime in at the grand exhibition in the Atrium with an installation that aims to go more into depth with the event's tagline: "The hackers are coming!". What does that mean, and how is this notion being conveyed? We will be posted in Atrium at ITU from 14:00 to 15:00 on Thursday April 19 among many other installations that engage with the topic of cyber security.

You can read about the festival's opening event at ITU here.




Much anticipated, Stuart Geiger visited ITU in late March and gave a public talk entitled Computational Ethnography and the Ethnography of Computation: The Case for Context. ETHOS Lab hosted a so-called un-workshop on computational methods in interpretivist in research. Participants engaged with ethnographic material from the Data as Relation project, presented by PhD fellows Bastian Jørgensen and Michael Hockenhull.



Laboratory life in TiP Magazine

The Technologies in Practice research group recently released a high-gloss edition of the TiP Magazine. ETHOS Lab is featured in a section about the many labs at ITU, but the magazine also invites readers to look into life as a researcher in the social study of science and technology. We have copies of the magazine in ETHOS Lab, so feel free to drop by and have a browse.



Pitch & Play

We had our first Pitch & Play session of the semester on March 21, where a handful of our dedicated Junior Researchers got an opportunity to pitch their research and receive feedback and helpful tips for developing their projects that they are writing under the auspices of the ETHOS Lab (community) and our affiliated faculty researchers. Topics at Pitch & Play #1 were blockchain technology in the maritime sector towards rmonitoring CO2 emissions, to advertising on Facebook, digital health platforms in Denmark, and machine learning to determine violence in images. More Pitch & Play is upcoming; we have our second session scheduled for mid to late April.

Read more about our Junior Researchers and their projects here.


Other News

• Did you know that you can check out availability and activities in the lab by requesting to see ethos@itu.dk in your outlook calendar view? Otherwise, we also try to create an overview here.

• PhD | The Department of History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University has a PhD position available on the project entitled Engaging Vulnerabilities. The project engages 'vulnerability' as a productive resource rather than as a lack or privation, and you can read more about it and the research programme here.

• Job [Danish only] | OBS: Deadline 6. April. Are you going to be the seventh ITU student hired by The Danish Business Authority to handle supplier management, planning and coordination of the development of the authority's own systems? Read the description for Application Manager here. You can write former Junior Researcher Kristian Elkjær Holmboe at kelk@itu.dk if you have questions.

• Summer School | The Digital Methods Initiative is once again hosting the Digital Methods Summer School in Amsterdam. The call for participation has been released here, and there is a possibility to get ECTS for participating. Many ETHOS Community members have attended; feel free to stop by during Lab opening hours to hear first-hand experience with the summer school.

•  Academic sparring | If you are interested in joining the TiP-Salon for academic readings and diuscussions, the meet-up is every Wednesday in 3A08 @ 12-13:00. Please contact Baki Cakici bakc@itu.dk to be added to the mailing-list for details or to suggest content.

• Videos from former publicETHOS events 

• Opening hours are Tuesday and Thursday at 12.30-16:00 in 3A30