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PyCon: Oh, the Humanities! Teaching and Learning Interdisciplinary Python

Hi, I’m Lisa Tagliaferri. I’ve been doing postdoctoral research at the MIT Digital Humanities Lab and you may know my Python tutorials on DigitalOcean. Today, I would like to talk to you about what we can gain from incorporating the humanities — fields like history, literature, philosophy — into teaching and learning Python. Above is …

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Tools of Technological and Intellectual Change: OER and the Democratization of Knowledge Production

Much has been written about the production of knowledge, the validity or social value of new forms of knowledge, the public debates about the politics and/or (im)proper practices of access to knowledge, and its organization and dissemination within the academic realm. Most famously, Michel Foucault first examined the ways in which the production of knowledge …

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Still Looking for Digital Justice

This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the Last Road to Freedom website, which I designed to tell the story of America’s Civil War contraband camps and to digitize transcribed registers for the camps. I remember one of my lofty goals was to have the term contraband camp become a household word. That goal itself …

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What Happens to Your Brain in Virtual Reality?

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In late 2017, when Professor Robert Duncan (GC/York; Psychology, Biology/Behavioral Sciences) first began trying to design a virtual reality video game, he realized that no one really understood on a deep level how virtual reality worked. He knew that game companies had a decent understanding of perception, and of the basic physiological mechanisms behind it. …

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From ‘Digital Archive’ to ‘Digital Scholarship’

During the beginning of the spring 2018 semester, I have critically rethinking about an effective digital history project relevant to the field of African History, and historian Walter Hawthorne and Bala Saho’s open access web-based archive called Social history of the Gambia: rescuing an endangered archive, police and court records stood out to me. Before …

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Internet Rules per Zuckerberg

In the Washington Post article, “Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas”, Zuckerberg calls for the government to make more regulations to preserve the legitimacy of the internet and safety for its consumers. Specifically, by: (1) regulating harmful content, (2) preserving election integrity, (3) protecting the privacy of its …

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Community Wireless Networks Address Missed Connections: “Access” as Digital Insurgency (Pt. 2)

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Introduction This is Part 2 of a two-part blog post series exploring the efforts of 3 urban-based community wireless networks (CWNs) – NYC Mesh, Equitable Internet Initiative (Detroit), and PeoplesOpen.net (Oakland). The aims of these grassroots efforts are provide neighbors with internet access. Part 1 explored the expanded notions of access and inclusion these CWNs …

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Open Digital Pedagogy @ CUNY

As an instructor, your decisions about technology shape both the material and conceptual aspects of your course. Digital tools can guide how communities develop within your classroom, as well as between your classroom and the world beyond it. When choosing a platform or digital tool, you need to determine what the tool will offer students …

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How Participating in the GCDRI can Develop Your Research

Sofia Sedergren is an MA student in Political Science at The Graduate Center. Her focus is on political theory and comparative politics, and her research examines right-wing party rhetoric in Europe and their strategies to gain popular support.   When I learned about the GC Digital Research Institute (GCDRI) I had already considered learning computer …

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