“Behind the Digital Image: Photographs on Community Platforms and Twitter as Repositories for Machine Learning and Journalistic Publications” is located at the intersection of the creation and presentation of digital images, the specificity of public databases (both social media repositories such as Twitter and photo-sharing platforms), and challenges to legal and social practices. Starting 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 an integral part of creating a theory of the digital image as both research tool and research object.
My project involves two sub-projects:
Crowd-Sourced Images: a Repository for Critical Research and Artificial Intelligence: The digital image is located at the intersection of popular visual media, monetizable commodities, and its role as repository for the further development of image recognition through artificial intelligence and machine learning. Pictures taken by amateurs are also 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 using an approach involving mixed methods, especially media ethnography and digital methods. I use in-depth interviews, participatory observation and social media analytic tools to collect data. Since the digital world is changing quickly, field work is needed to understand processes and procedures as they arise.
Dr. Evelyn Runge, University of Cologne