Keynote Speakers

Dr Suzy Moat

Associate Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School


Sensing human behaviour with online data


Our everyday usage of the Internet generates huge amounts of data on how humans collect and exchange information worldwide. In this talk, I will outline recent work in which we investigate whether data from sources such as Google, Wikipedia and Flickr can be used to gain new insight into real world human behaviour. I will provide case studies from a range of domains, including disease detection, crowd size estimation, and evaluating whether the beauty of the environment we live in might affect our health.


Suzy Moat is an Associate Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School, where she directs the Data Science Lab alongside her colleague Tobias Preis. She is also a Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. Moat’s research investigates whether data on our usage of the Internet, from sources such as Google, Twitter, Wikipedia and Flickr, can help us measure and predict human behaviour. The results of her work have been featured by television, radio and press worldwide, by outlets such as CNN, BBC, The Guardian, New Scientist and Wired. Moat has also acted as an advisor to government and public bodies on related topics.


Dr Athina Karatzogianni

Associate Professor in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester


The Problem with Trading Discursive for Affective Power at the Digital Square


Digital everyday network media are transforming the public sphere both descriptively and normatively. In turn, this digital public sphere shapes and is shaped by discourses, affect and mobilizations, particularly in the thematic areas of crisis, migration, conflict and culture. This presentation engages with the following questions: How is the public sphere transformed by everyday digital networked media? What kind of ethics are involved in the construction of the digital public sphere? Is there a new nomadic digital ethics and aesthetics of affective/discursive rhetoric, or are hierarchies of race, gender, nationality and class reproduced in isolated polarized online bubbles? The focus is on what digital everyday media do to change language, ideology, mediality, and communitization, not just how different groups might be represented in digital spaces, or how emotions polarize publics. I develop cyberconflict theory further, in order to account for the interrelations across sociopolitical, ideological, organizational and digital elements influencing new sociopolitical formations (Karatzogianni, 2015). To illustrate, fieldwork research is presented from the ESRC project ‘The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cybersecurity-ERCS’ in Barcelona, Paris, and Berlin. Thirty in-depth interviews with digital activists, experts and practitioners were conducted during 2015-2016 across both institutional and activist settings, in combination with ethnographic observation.


Karatzogianni, A. (2015) Firebrand Waves of Digital Activism 1994–2014: The Rise and Spread of Hacktivism and Cyberconflict, Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Karatzogianni, A., Nguyen, D, and Serafinelli, E. (eds) (2017) The Digital Transformation of the Public Sphere: Conflict, Migration, Crisis and Culture in Digital Networks, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Dr Athina Karatzogianni focuses on the intersections between digital media theory and political economy, researching the use of digital technologies by non-state actors, social movements, protest, and insurgency groups. Athina’s research profile and publications can be found here.