More objects and devices are connected to digital networks than ever before. Things – from your phone to your car, from the heating to the lights in your house – have gathered the ability to sense their environments and create information about what is happening. Things have become media, able both to generate and communicate information.

In this talk that launches their new book, Graham Meikle and Mercedes Bunz discuss its promises of convenience and the breaking of new frontiers in communication. They also raise urgent questions regarding ubiquitous surveillance, networked sensors, and artificial intelligence, as well as the transformation of intimate personal information into commercial data.

About the speakers

Graham Meikle is Professor of Communication and Digital Media at the University of Westminster. His books include Social Media (Routledge 2016), Media Convergence (with Sherman Young, Palgrave Macmillan 2012) and The Routledge Companion to Media and Activism (editor, forthcoming 2018).

Mercedes Bunz is Senior Lecturer at CAMRI, University of Westminster. Her books include The Silent Revolution: How Digitalization Transforms Knowledge, Work, Journalism, and Politics Without Making Too Much Noise (Palgrave 2014). She co-edited Terra Critica: Symptoms of our Planetary Condition (Meson Press 2017) for which she contributed chapters on technology, work and capital (open access, download a copy).

How to attend

The event is free to attend, but please register using eventbrite.