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Scott Weingart - The moral role of DH in a data-driven world

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Full transcript available at: http://www.scottbot.net/HIAL/?p=40944 Scott Weingart, PhD Candidate, Indiana University Keynote Talk, Digital Humanities Forum 2014: Nodes & Networks in the Humanities. University of Kansas September 13, 2014 http://idrh.ku.edu/dhforum2014/ -- Networks are increasingly invoked in the humanities and computational social sciences both metaphorically and formally to interrogate ourselves. Simultaneously, individuals, corporations, and governments employ networks as a means to prestige, profit, and power. When in 1696 Leibniz compared the scientific method to putting nature "on the rack," he was not literally connecting torture to evidence gathering. In the intervening centuries, however, the metaphor has become frighteningly apt. Network analysis, an ostensibly scientific method, is used to justify targeting of terrorists and is instrumental in inferring private lives from public sharing. This lecture will address the relationship between networks and the digital humanities; what DH can learn from network analysis elsewhere; and importantly, how DH can contribute to these broader ethical discussions. Indeed, if we do not contribute our ethical concerns to the discussion, it is unclear who will.