A közelmúlt eseményei
2016. szeptember 28.
Chris Csíkszentmihályi - Art, Data and Social Change
On September 28, 2016 at 10.30 am the iASK Institute Big Data Centre invites to the talk of:

Prof. Chris Csíkszentmihályi 


Platform Design for Social Change
The Subroutine on the Barricades?

"Technology is the continuation of politics by other means. An artful distillation of labor, nature, and capital, each product is a partisan golem, constructed by a specific group of humans — generally the more empowered ones — to accomplish particular ends. Uber, for example, is ostensibly an ICT-driven transport service that seeks to return value to its shareholders. Weakening labor and creating worse jobs is not its core mission. 

But the company burns the pervasive fuel of Silicon Valley strategies — liquify labor, disrupt markets, and enforce a monopoly — so while Uber drives to the bank it spews an exhaust of disruption and alienation. The social origin and implications of such technologies are well-camouflaged with terms such as efficiency, usability, and needs; our products thus subtly elide democracy, legislating society far more effectively than they are legislated by it. While new methods or economic configurations can occasionally create technology that solidifies and fosters progressive political relationships, as participatory design has done, it is difficult to resist dilution. 

We will look at some experiments in creating alternate political configurations for software platforms, by the speaker and others, and what the relationships of software tools to activism, organizing, and the public good might look like to users when they are acknowledged as citizens. These include examples like BetweenTheBars.org, a blogging system for the incarcerated, or the author's own RootIO project for ICT-enabled community radio project, currently scaling to 24 stations in Uganda. 

Further, we will also look at ways to think about where and how political values might be instilled in the lifecycle of a product."


Chris is an artist and technologist. He has been combining his knowledge in the arts, media, and new technologies to help grassroot movements and social activists and considered a leading scholar in the field, an artist and designer in the area of information, politics, and communities.

Kőszeg, Europe House (Chernel Street 14)


Chris Csikszentmihályi is European Research Area Chair at the MIT (Madeira Interactive Technology Institute), where he is helping to start a new research unit, and also Director of the Rootio Radio Project, which seeks to match the warmth of great radio with the bottom-up peer parallelism of the Internet. He is prototyping Rootio through 2014 in the US and Uganda. Before that, he was proud to be the first Visiting Distinguished Professor of Art and Design Research at Parsons. 

Kőszeg, Europe House (Chernel Street 14)

He spent ten years at MIT, co-founding and directing the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, dedicated to developing technologies that strengthen communities. He was also a professor at the MIT Media Lab, where he founded and directed the Computing Culture group, which worked to create unique media technologies for cultural applications. He has worked in the intersection of new technologies, media, politics, and the arts for 20 years, lecturing, showing new media work, and presenting installations on five continents and one subcontinent. He was a 2005 Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a 2007-2008 fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, served on the National Academies’ IT and Creativity Committee, and has taught at MIT, the University of California at San Diego, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and at Turku University.

Chris is the son of Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, a member of the Hungarian Academy, who created the psychological concept of FLOW.