Digital Tools and Uses - Congress
The first international Digital Tools & Uses Congress is a multidisciplinary conference devoted to study the uses and development of digital tools. It aims at assembling five interrelated symposia: 1) Web Studies, 2) Challenges of IoT, 3) Recommender systems, 4) Archives and social networks, and 5) Digital Frontiers. The intention of this consortium is to approach a common object of study from different perspectives in order to enrich the discussion and collaboration between participants.
When: -
Where: Université Paris 8 - Vincennes-Saint-Denis
2, rue de la Liberté

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Keynote speakers

Alessandro Panconesi

Sapienza University of Rome

Songs of a Future Past: Some Experimental Studies of Online Persuaders

In order to help users navigate the bewildering cornucopia of online choices, websites nowadays make use of sophisticated user interfaces. These platforms deploy a vast array of ergonomic digital cues, from simple ones such as star ratings, download counts, and number of likes/dislikes, to the tailor-made suggestions given by complex recommender systems. A question looms large: to what extent can these signals sway user choices and alter the market in undesirable, perhaps even unfair ways?

There can be no simple answer to this question, which lies at the crossroads of computer science and the social sciences. In this talk I will describe some joint work that was done with Marzia Antenore, Giovanna Leone, and Erisa Terolli in an attempt to gain some understanding of these complex issues.

Mark Bernstein

Eastgate Systems, USA

Exercises in Links: Hypertext Style

When we write with links, how should we think about where links are placed? Where lexia start and end? About the behavior of links? Stacey Mason and I are returning to this old topic which has been deeply neglected in recent years.

Elhadj Benkhelifa

Staffordshire University, UK

Enablers and Inhibitors for the IoT as an Ecosystem for Sustainable Growth

The need and drive for sustainable development have never been greater. This creates demand for radical ways to improve efficiency and resource productivity. This talk will shed some light on the opportunities offered by the Internet of Things to achieve this desirable ecosystem for sustainability, supported by examples of current and future innovation and technological uses of IoT. It also discusses how the integration of parallel technologies such as Big Data and Cloud computing, with the IoT, could create a recipe for driving sustainable development. Amongst many challenges facing this integration, security and governance will be singled out as some of the main inhibitors to accomplish the IoT mission. The talk will then share the speaker’s latest research on Data Governance and Resilience conclude with future directions.

Vincent Puig

IRI Centre Pompidou, Paris

How to articulate the computable and the incalculable: the Digital studies approach

In a context of increasing automation and generalized algorithmic governmentality [1] , it is more than ever necessary to invent new tools for producing knowledge that articulate calculation and interpretation in the same way that a musician or an actor needs to master his score almost automatically to be able to overcome it. Together with Bernard Stiegler, we claimed for "Thinking is improvising", within the framework of a project conducted in 2015 with Bernard Lubat and the festival Les inattendues of Tournai [2]. In fact, the work that we have been conducting at IRI for 10 years attempts to explore this space between calculable and incalculable by reconsidering all knowledge, know-how or savoir-vivre from the technological, but also the social and biological instruments that produces them as well as a new conception of what is working in a contribution economy [3]. This so-called organological approach, developed today within the Digital Studies [4] and the Real smart cities networks [5], involves the development of new data architectures, new deliberative social platforms and new tools, of which we will propose a functional typology with examples including : annotation and categorization (Lignes de temps, IconoLab,, Browse by motion), contribution (polemictweet), visualization (Visual sedimentation), recommendation for the formation of groups, editorialization (Renkan, HCut) and deliberation (ePLANETe).

[1] ROUVROY Antoinette, BERNS Thomas, La gouvernementalité algorithmique, Réseaux, 2013


Sciences Po, médialab, Paris

Hyperlink is not dead!

The emergence and success of web platforms raised a gimmick into social studies: “Hyperlink is dead!“. Capturing web users into mobile applications and private web platforms to propose them a specific user experience (and a business model) created indeed new silos in the open World Wide Web space. The simplified availability of user behavioural data through these platforms APIs reinforced this idea in academic communities by providing scholars with a rich and easy way to collect user centric data for their research. After discussing the methodological and ethical aspects of the web divide between platforms and classical websites, we will argue in this communication that hyperlinks, although more complex to collect, manipulate and apprehend, remain an invaluable matter to use the web as a research field. We will illustrate it using Hyphe, a dedicated web corpus creation tool we developed to mine hypertexts.