Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld (Public Policy, Political Science) and Eric Min (Political Science).
The Big Data and Political working group brings together leading academics from across the country to present research that uses computational techniques. It also encourages community development, both through providing graduate students the opportunity to meet individually with speakers and by co-sponsoring events.
Participants came among others from Political Science, Sociology, and Communications.
Big Data and Society Working Group
Safiya Noble (Gender Studies and African American Studies), Stacy Wood (UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry), Sarah Roberts (Information Studies).
The UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, in partnership with UCLA Division of Social Sciences is hosting a working group on Social Justice as part of the larger campus-wide Big Data Initiative and the DataX Initiative. This working group is meant to foster intellectual community across disciplines and domains and help foreground the crucial impact, uses, risks and potentials around ‘big data’ as it relates to broader social justice movements and efforts.
Quarterly convenings for the working group, writing groups, and networking events will be announced at c2i2.ucla.edu in AY21-22. In the first working group meeting in the Spring of 2021, we came together to discuss plans for the upcoming year as well as ways we as faculty can support each other and create a robust network for sustaining this work into the future.
The Working Group includes faculty from Information Studies, African American Studies, Gender Studies, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, Urban Planning, History, Chicana/o & Central American Studies, Anthropology, the UCLA Law School and others.
Data Science and Public Policy Working Group
Joel Braslow (Psychiatry, Biobehavioral Sciences, History, Chad Hazlett (Political Science and Statistics), and Till von Wachter (Economics).
The purpose of the working group is to connect like-minded researchers across academic units using innovative data, innovative techniques, or both to study problems relevant to public policy broadly speaking. The working group’s meetings serve as a venue to learn about each other’s work and potential new data sources; to help coordinate as a group to work towards access to new data; and possibly to invite occasional outside speakers.
The initial theme of the Working Group is “The disparate health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.” The group has met to discuss, among others, potential access to new data sources combining health information with socio-economic characteristics.
Participants came among others from CTSI, Computational Medicine, Computer Science, Statistics, Sociology, Economics, Communications, Public Health, and Public Policy.