26 December 2015, Saturday
15:30 – 18:00 @Akbank Sanat

Greg Elmer
The Social Media Account as Interface: Platform, Infrastructure & Financial Value

*25 December 2015, Friday 12:30-14:00 – Lunch Talk@Bilgi University

#media & communication, science & technology studies, software studies, political economy

Largely conceived of as free-standing, semi-autonomous properties, social media platforms have thrived on the user-generated content of their individual members. The growth in such user accounts has been closely monitored by media analysts, and Wall Street firms looking to define, measure, and attribute economic value for share holders. Yet simultaneously the platform-account has been undermined by social media companies, whether it be in the form of constantly changing End User Agreements, Terms of Service, or Privacy Policies, or through the data-mining and incorporation of non-account holders into social networks, commonly referred to as ‘ghost profiling’. Critiques of social media companies, however, largely rest on arguments over the exploitation of users or ongoing privacy violations – both of which invoke the platform-account as the principle interface between user and company. An analysis of Facebook and Google’s networked account-infrastructure (“sign-in with your Facebook account”) where user profiles are “ported” across platforms, will show that social media companies’ ongoing search for financial value is increasingly located at the interface between platform and account-infrastructure. The paper thus posits a critical framework of social media beyond the individual user and toward the account-infrastructure.

Talk will be in English.

Greg Elmer is Bell Globemedia Research Chair and Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University. Greg’s work focuses on the intersection of media, politics, finance and surveillance. His most recent books include with G. Langlois & J. Redden Compromised Data (Bloomsbury), and with Alessandra Renzi Infrastructure Critical (Arbeiter Ring). He is currently writing a book on the new media corporation and financial accounting.

Website www.infoscapelab.ca

See Elmer’s two documentary films: www.preemptingdissent.com & www.thecanadiandelegation.com

PROGRAM

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18:30-20:00 @Akbank Sanat
Brett Scott
Mapping the Frontiers of High Finance: Creative Approaches to Exposing the Invisible World of Money

*8 October 2015, Thursday 12:30-14:00 – Lunch Talk@Bilgi University

26 December 2015, Saturday
15:30 – 18:00 @Akbank Sanat
Ganaele Langlois
Semiocapitalism and the Care of the Self

*25 December 2015, Friday 12:30-14:00 – Lunch Talk@Bilgi University

15:30 – 18:00 @Akbank Sanat
Greg Elmer
The Social Media Account as Interface: Platform, Infrastructure & Financial Value

*25 December 2015, Friday 12:30-14:00 – Lunch Talk@Bilgi University

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16:30 – 18:00 @Akbank Sanat 
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*22 January 2016, Friday 12:30-14:00 – Lunch Talk@Bilgi University

27 February 2016, Saturday
16:30-18:00 @ Akbank Sanat
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*26 February 2016, Friday 12:30-14:00 – Lunch Talk@ITU

29 March 2016, Tuesday
18:30-20:00 @Akbank Sanat 
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*28 March 2016, Monday 12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch Talk@ITU

26 April 2016, Tuesday
18:30-20:00 @Akbank Sanat
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*25 April 2016, Friday 12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch Talk@ITU

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16:30 – 18:00 @ Akbank Sanat
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* 27 May 2016, Friday 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Talk@ITU

30 June 2016, Thursday
18:30 – 20:00 @ Akbank Sanat

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