“Behind the Digital Image. Public Photographs on Community Platforms and Twitter as Repositories for Machine Learning and Journalistic Publications” is located at the intersection of creating and presenting digital images, the specificity of public databases (social media-repositories such as Twitter as well as photo-sharing platforms), and challenges for legal and social practices. Departing from a practice-orientated perspective, I offer deeper insights into the features of digital images as well as into ethical questions posed by the digital image as integral part of theorising the digital image as a research tool and a research object.
My project pursues two sub-projects:
- Crowd-Sourced Images – A Repository for Critical Research and Artificial Intelligence: The digital image is located between popular visual media, a commodity that can be monetized, and as a repository for the further development of image recognition through artificial intelligence and machine learning: also pictures taken by amateurs are used for image recognition and automated key wording.
My DFG-project deals with the practice of the digital image, it examines and reflects technological instruments and social infrastructures with a mixed methods approach, especially media ethnographic methods and digital methods. I use in-depths interviews and participatory observation to collect data, as well as social media analytic tools. Since the digital world is quickly changing, field work is needed to understand processes and procedures as they happen.
Dr. Evelyn Runge, Universität zu Köln