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CA Position: Researcher and Journalist Philip Di Salvo on Journalism and technological black boxes

Lecture 10.11.20

CA Positions
Tuesday 20.10.20, 17.00 – 18.30

BA Visual Communication – Camera Arts
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Art and Design

Location: Online

Journalism and technological black boxes:
Exposing the secretive and sublime powers of the datafied society

Algorithmic accountability, automated decision making and the powers of algorithms: can journalism still be the watchdog of the new digital powers? The lecture will explore recent developments in investigative reporting focused on the social impact of abusive technology, including the role of whistleblowers, hackers and audieces collaboration as sources. Based on a series of case studies, the lecture will provide insights about various forms of hybrid reporting that are challenging the new powers shaping our datafied societies.


Training Humans: Trevor Paglen / Kate Crawford / Fondazione Prada
Phineas: Motherboard / VICE

Philip Di Salvo is a post-doctoral researcher based at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)’s Insitute of Media and Journalism.

Philip Di Salvo does research about whistleblowing, investigative journalism, Internet surveillance and the relationship between journalism and hacking. At USI, he teaches journalism both at the Master and Bachelor levels. Philip received his PhD in Communication Sciences from USI with a dissertation about the adoption of encrypted whistleblowing platforms in journalism in summer 2018. Since 2018, Philip is also a lecturer at NABA – New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy. As a freelance journalist, he writes for Wired, Motherboard/Vice, Esquire and other publications covering the social impacts of technology. At USI, Philip also works as the European Journalism Observatory (EJO) Italian editor. Philip has authored two books: “Leaks. Whistleblowing e hacking nell’età senza segreti” (LUISS University Press, Rome, 2019) and “Digital Whistleblowing Platforms in Journalism. Encrypting Leaks” (Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2020).

Philip Di Salvo, Como FR (2020)

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