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Svensson, J., Edenborg, E. & Strand, C. (2024). We are queer and the struggle is here! Visibility at the intersection of LGBT plus rights, post-coloniality, and development cooperation in Uganda. Sexualities
Open this publication in new window or tab >>We are queer and the struggle is here! Visibility at the intersection of LGBT plus rights, post-coloniality, and development cooperation in Uganda
2024 (English)In: Sexualities, ISSN 1363-4607, E-ISSN 1461-7382Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article unpacks different meanings of visibility and adds to a more complex and nuanced understanding of visibility and its role in LGBT + activism in Uganda, a widely discussed case of political homophobia. Public visibility has a central, although contested, role here. The study aims to explore how visibility is understood and navigated by local LGBT + activists, unaffiliated people with same-sex desires, as well as international development partners. Interviews conducted in Kampala from December 2021-January 2022 reveal different and complex narratives surrounding visibility. Local unaffiliated individuals and activists agreed on the importance of making the LGBT + rights struggle more visible. This, however, did not translate into a wish to "come out" themselves. International development actors expressed a need for caution regarding their own visibility, mindful that explicit and visual support may generate accusations of neo-imperialism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2024
Keywords
Development cooperation, LGBT plus, post-coloniality, Uganda, visibility
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-66109 (URN)10.1177/13634607241232556 (DOI)001157049800001 ()2-s2.0-85184405019 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2024-02-26 Created: 2024-02-26 Last updated: 2024-02-26Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. (2023). Artificial Intelligence is an Oxymoron: The Importance of an Organic Body when Facing Unknown Situations as they Unfold in the Present Moment. In: : . Paper presented at Nordmedia conference, August 16-18 2023, Bergen.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Artificial Intelligence is an Oxymoron: The Importance of an Organic Body when Facing Unknown Situations as they Unfold in the Present Moment
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Departing from popular imaginations around artificial intelligence (AI), this presentation engages in the I in the AI acronym but from perspectives outside of mathematics, computer science and machine learning. When intelligence is attended to here, it most often refers to narrow calculating tasks. This connotation to calculation provides AI an image of scientificity and objectivity, particularly attractive in societies with a pervasive desire for numbers. However, as is increasingly apparent today, when employed in more general areas of our messy socio-cultural realities, AI- powered automated systems often fail or have unintended consequences. This article will contribute to this critique of AI by attending to Nicholas of Cusa and his treatment of intelligence. According to him, intelligence is equally dependent on an ability to handle the unknown as it unfolds in the present moment. This suggests that intelligence is organic which ties Cusa to more contemporary discussions in tech philosophy, neurology, evolutionary biology, and cognitive sciences in which it is argued that intelligence is dependent on having—and acting through—an organic body. Understanding intelligence as organic thus suggests an oxymoronic relationship to artificial

National Category
Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63648 (URN)
Conference
Nordmedia conference, August 16-18 2023, Bergen
Note

Conference programme: https://nordmedianetwork.org/nordmedia-conference-2023/programme/

Available from: 2023-11-13 Created: 2023-11-13 Last updated: 2023-11-15Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. (2023). Artificial intelligence is an oxymoron: The importance of an organic body when facing unknown situations as they unfold in the present moment. AI & Society: The Journal of Human-Centred Systems and Machine Intelligence, 38(1), 363-372
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Artificial intelligence is an oxymoron: The importance of an organic body when facing unknown situations as they unfold in the present moment
2023 (English)In: AI & Society: The Journal of Human-Centred Systems and Machine Intelligence, ISSN 0951-5666, E-ISSN 1435-5655, Vol. 38, no 1, p. 363-372Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Departing from popular imaginations around artificial intelligence (AI), this article engages in the I in the AI acronym but from perspectives outside of mathematics, computer science and machine learning. When intelligence is attended to here, it most often refers to narrow calculating tasks. This connotation to calculation provides AI an image of scientificity and objectivity, particularly attractive in societies with a pervasive desire for numbers. However, as is increasingly apparent today, when employed in more general areas of our messy socio-cultural realities, AI- powered automated systems often fail or have unintended consequences. This article will contribute to this critique of AI by attending to Nicholas of Cusa and his treatment of intelligence. According to him, intelligence is equally dependent on an ability to handle the unknown as it unfolds in the present moment. This suggests that intelligence is organic which ties Cusa to more contemporary discussions in tech philosophy, neurology, evolutionary biology, and cognitive sciences in which it is argued that intelligence is dependent on having—and acting through—an organic body. Understanding intelligence as organic thus suggests an oxymoronic relationship to artificial.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2023
Keywords
Artificial Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction, Philosophy, Body, Cusa, Nonconsciousness, Organic, Presence
National Category
Human Aspects of ICT
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-46646 (URN)10.1007/s00146-021-01311-z (DOI)000714828000001 ()34754144 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85118632481 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Malmö UniversitySwedish Research Council, 2017-01195
Available from: 2021-11-05 Created: 2021-11-05 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Strand, C. & Svensson, J. (2023). Challenging the legacy of the past and present intimate colonialization - a study of Ugandan LGBT plus activism in times of shrinking communicative space. Information, Communication and Society, 26(12), 2488-2505
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Challenging the legacy of the past and present intimate colonialization - a study of Ugandan LGBT plus activism in times of shrinking communicative space
2023 (English)In: Information, Communication and Society, ISSN 1369-118X, E-ISSN 1468-4462, Vol. 26, no 12, p. 2488-2505Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Through a mixed-methods approach consisting of a directed content analysis of five established LGBT+ organizations' use of Twitter and Facebook during a month in 2022, and semi-structured qualitative interviews with social media content producers, the study attempts to understand the role of self-controlled social media spaces in challenging the Uganda society's logics of oppression. The results indicate that self-controlled spaces are not used for disrupting the basis for repression - the local logic of oppression - or its cocoon of collective post-colonial amnesia. Nor were spaces used for re-constructive engaging with transnational and development partners' unwitting impact on global south actors' agency and legitimacy. Instead, with a few exceptions, spaces displayed a conspicuous uniform human rights advocacy rhetoric, and Western identity labels summarized in the LGBT+ acronym. The interviews with social media content producers suggest that the LGBT+ community's dependency on international support may sway actors into what we call performative visibility, in self-controlled spaces. The study concludes that future analysis of Global South based activist's use of social media spaces' affordances including its potential for supporting de-colonialization efforts, must approach use as relational to actors' dependency on key resources such as funding and protection through affiliation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2023
Keywords
LGBT plus, social media, activism, de-colonialization, Uganda
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63069 (URN)10.1080/1369118X.2023.2252505 (DOI)001058837000001 ()2-s2.0-85169842541 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-10-10 Created: 2023-10-10 Last updated: 2023-12-11Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. & Strand, C. (2023). Development cooperation & the stratification of LGBT+ activism international donors, elite activists & community members in Uganda Pride 2022. In: : . Paper presented at NordMedia conference 2023, 13 - 15 August 2023, Bergen, Norway.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Development cooperation & the stratification of LGBT+ activism international donors, elite activists & community members in Uganda Pride 2022
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
Development Cooperation, LGBT+, Post-Coloniality, Uganda, Visibility
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63646 (URN)
Conference
NordMedia conference 2023, 13 - 15 August 2023, Bergen, Norway
Available from: 2023-11-13 Created: 2023-11-13 Last updated: 2023-12-08Bibliographically approved
Rosales, A., Fernández-Ardèvol, M. & Svensson, J. (2023). Digital Ageism: How it operates and approaches to tackling it. London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digital Ageism: How it operates and approaches to tackling it
2023 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This anthology contributes to creating awareness on how digital ageism operates in relation to the widely spread symbolic representations of old and young age around digital technologies, the (lack of) representation of diverse older individuals in the design, development, and marketing of digital technologies and in the actual algorithms and datasets that constitute them. It also shows how individuals and institutions deal with digital ageism in everyday life.

In the past decades, digital technologies permeated most aspects of everyday life. With a focus on how age is represented and experienced in relation to digital technologies leading to digital ageism, digitalisation’s reinforcement of spirals of exclusion and loss of autonomy of some collectives is explored, when it could be natural for a great part of society and represent a sort of improvement.

The book addresses social science students and scholars interested in everyday digital technologies, society and the power struggles about it, providing insights from different parts of the globe. By using different methods and touching upon different aspects of digital ageism and how it plays out in contemporary connected data societies, this volume will raise awareness, challenge power, initiate discussions and spur further research into this field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2023. p. 304
Series
Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture
National Category
Human Aspects of ICT
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63637 (URN)10.4324/9781003323686 (DOI)2-s2.0-85166527510 (Scopus ID)9781003323686 (ISBN)9781032271538 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-11-13 Created: 2023-11-13 Last updated: 2023-11-13Bibliographically approved
Rosales, A., Svensson, J. & Fernandez Ardevol, M. (2023). Digital Ageism in Data Societies. In: Andrea Rosales; Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol; Jakob Svensson (Ed.), Digital Ageism: How it Operates and Approaches to Tackling it (pp. 1-17). Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digital Ageism in Data Societies
2023 (English)In: Digital Ageism: How it Operates and Approaches to Tackling it / [ed] Andrea Rosales; Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol; Jakob Svensson, Routledge, 2023, p. 1-17Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In data societies, as everyday activities are mediated by digital technologies, individuals are thrown into a digital existence, even if they are not aware of their digital interactions. Digital technologies are not value-free or unbiased. Contemporary discourses about digital natives and late adopters contribute to reinforcing negative stereotypes about older users of digital technologies and influence the design, development, marketing and usage of digital technologies. Such discourses disregard how digital trajectories and personal circumstances influence media use in all stages of everyday life. Hence, occasional digital technology users, and older adults in particular, stand a higher risk of exclusion and loss of autonomy. In this chapter, we briefly introduce ageism and digital ageism in data societies, definitions and previous research as a background and introduction to the following chapters. Our aim is to underline how socio-technical and cultural analyses may contribute to raising awareness about digital ageism in data societies. Only by initiating a discussion may existing power relationships be challenged and contemporary inequalities understood.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2023
Series
Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture
National Category
Human Aspects of ICT
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63638 (URN)10.4324/9781003323686-1 (DOI)2-s2.0-85166570791 (Scopus ID)9781003323686 (ISBN)9781032271538 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-11-13 Created: 2023-11-13 Last updated: 2023-11-13Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. (2023). Digital kulturanalys: att studera medieteknikens människor ur ett holistiskt perspektiv. In: Tekniska mediestudier: en introduktion till metoder och teknologier (pp. 81-104). Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digital kulturanalys: att studera medieteknikens människor ur ett holistiskt perspektiv
2023 (Swedish)In: Tekniska mediestudier: en introduktion till metoder och teknologier, Studentlitteratur AB, 2023, p. 81-104Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Det här kapitlet handlar om människor och medieteknik. I vår tids uppkopplade samhälle är det svårt att undvika digitala medieteknik eftersom vi kastas in ett digitalt mänskligt tillstånd som vi inte kan undkomma. Det påverkar dig, ditt liv och det samhälle som du lever i. Således är det viktigt att förstå - inte bara hur digitala medier påverkar oss som människor - utan även människorna bakom medietekniken, den kultur de kommer ifrån och i vilken de verkar. Jag har forskat på den roll som programmerare spelar för vilken medieteknik som utvecklas samt hur den utvecklas. Men hur skulle man kunna studera medieteknikens människor? I detta kapitel utgår jag ifrån teknikens mänskliga aspekter, hur teknik, samhälle och individ ömsesidigt påverkar varandra, samt ger ett verktyg för hur man kan studera medieteknikens människor utifrån en kulturell analysmodell. Med det här kapitlet som guide kommer du kvalitativt – genom intervjuer, observationer eller textanalys – kunna genomföra studier av medieteknikens människor, samt reflektera över hur teknik, människa och samhälle hör ihop och påverkar varandra. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Studentlitteratur AB, 2023
National Category
Human Aspects of ICT
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63641 (URN)9789144155234 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-11-13 Created: 2023-11-13 Last updated: 2023-11-15Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. (2023). Foreword. In: Kumar, Vikas; Rewari, Mohit (Ed.), Pandemics in the Age of Social Media: Information and Misinformation in Developing Nations. Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Foreword
2023 (English)In: Pandemics in the Age of Social Media: Information and Misinformation in Developing Nations / [ed] Kumar, Vikas; Rewari, Mohit, Routledge, 2023Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2023
Series
Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63643 (URN)2-s2.0-85173339327 (Scopus ID)9781003315278 (ISBN)9781032323930 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-11-13 Created: 2023-11-13 Last updated: 2023-12-12Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. (2023). Logics, tensions and negotiations in the everyday life of a news-ranking algorithm. Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism, 24(7), 1518-1535
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Logics, tensions and negotiations in the everyday life of a news-ranking algorithm
2023 (English)In: Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism, ISSN 1464-8849, E-ISSN 1741-3001, Vol. 24, no 7, p. 1518-1535Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article attends to tensions and negotiations surrounding the introduction and development of a news-ranking algorithm in a Swedish daily. Approaching algorithms as culture, being composed of collective human practices, the study emphasizes socio-institutional dynamics in the everyday life of the algorithm. The focus on tensions and negotiations is justified from an institutional perspective and operationalized through an analytical framework of logics. Empirically the study is based on interviews with 14 different in-house workers at the daily, journalists as well as programmers and market actors. The study shows that logics connected to both journalism and programming co-developed the news-ranking algorithm. Tensions and their negotiations around these logics contributed to its very development. One example is labeling of the algorithm as editor-led, allowing journalists to oversee some of its parameters. Social practices in the newsroom, such as Algorithm-Coffee, was also important for its development. In other words, different actors, tensions between them and how these were negotiated, co-constituted by the algorithm itself.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2023
National Category
Human Aspects of ICT
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63635 (URN)10.1177/14648849211063373 (DOI)000740712800001 ()2-s2.0-85122155254 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2017-01195
Available from: 2023-11-13 Created: 2023-11-13 Last updated: 2023-11-15Bibliographically approved
Projects
Promoting Digital Security and Empowering Queer Youth through Storytelling Techniques; Malmö UniversityBehind the Algorithm - A study of programmers the logics behind their work; Malmö University, Data Society
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-5097-6218

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