Course reader

(1) Kate Crawford, Vladan Joler, Anatomy of an AI System (2018).

(2) James Glanz, “Power, Pollution and the Internet”, in The New York Times (2012).

(3) Peter Haff, Technology as a Geological Phenomenon (2013).

(4) Vincent Mosco, The Digital Sublime, Ch. 1: The Secret of Life (2004).

Required readings

(1) Blanchette, Jean-François, “A Material History of Bits”, in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, vol. 62, no. 6, 2011, pp. 1024-1057.

(2) Chiasson, Trina, Gregory, Dyanna et al., DATA + DESIGN. A simple introduction to
preparing and visualizing information
, Infoactive, May 2015, online:

(3) Crawford, Kate, Joler, Vladan, Anatomy of An AI System project, 2018, map: and an analysis/interview:

(4) Drucker, Johanna, “Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display”, in Digital Humanities Quaterly, vol. 5 no. 1, 2011, online:

(5) Greenpeace, How Green Is Your Cloud?, report, April 2012, online: howcleanisyourcloud.pdf

(6) Latour, Bruno, “Rematerializing Humanities Thanks to Digital Traces”, Digital Humanities 2014 symposium, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, July 7th-12th 2014. Online:

(7) Lupton, Ellen, Thinking with Type, A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, &
, Princeton Architectural Press, 2010. Online preview:

(8) Mills, Mark, Big Data, Big Networks, Big Infrastructure, and Big Power. An Overview of The Electricity Used By The Global Digital Ecosystem, report, August 2013. Online:

(9) Negroponte, Nicholas, Being Digital, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1995.

(10) Nuñez, David, “Soulful Computing”, Newsletter. Online:

(11) Tufte, Edward, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Cheshire (CT): Graphics Press, 2001.