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The Tyranny of the Digital: Being Human in the Digital Age

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Edith Cowan University Mount Lawley

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In the second lecture in this series, The Tyranny of the Digital: Being Human in the Digital Age, Professorial Research Fellow Paul Arthur will examine the impact of digital transformations in society on a global scale.

We are in the midst of a data revolution that is penetrating the daily life of much of the world’s population so rapidly and deeply that it is impossible to grasp the extent of its effects. While instant access to proliferating stores of information is helping us better understand our world, it is also shaping us as human beings.

In this talk, Professor Arthur will explore how the digital environment is fundamentally changing identity and social behaviour, including the challenges posed by data sharing for privacy and security.

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Friday, 25 May 2018, 3.45pm for 4.00pm sharp start
Refreshments from 5.00pm to 6.00pm

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dith Cowan University, Mount Lawley Campus
Building 3.201
2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, 6050

About Professor Paul Arthur

Professor Paul Arthur is Chair in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, and Director of the Centre for Global Issues, in the School of Arts and Humanities. He was appointed to ECU as a Professorial Research Fellow in 2016. He holds a PhD in English, Communication, and Cultural Studies from the University of Western Australia.

Professor Arthur speaks and publishes widely on major challenges and changes facing 21st-century society, from the global impacts of technology on culture and identity to migration and human rights. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has over fifty publications including ten books. His latest book is Migrant Nation: Australian Culture, Society and Identity (ed., 2018).

Paul Arthur is known as a leading figure in the development of the field of digital humanities in Australia and internationally, and he was Australia’s first Professor in Digital Humanities (at Western Sydney University). He previously worked at the Australian National University in roles including as Deputy Director of the Centre for European Studies and Deputy Director of the National Centre of Biography. He oversaw the digital production of the largest collaborative project in the humanities and social sciences in Australia as Deputy General Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

In the past decade Professor Arthur has received over $3 million in Australian and international grants, individually and in collaboration. He serves on international executive boards and councils promoting digital research innovation, including the global Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations and the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (founding President). He is currently co-chair of centerNet, the international network of digital humanities research centres. He also has national roles including as a member of the project board of the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar) Super Science initiative of the Australian Government.

Paul Arthur has held a number of prestigious visiting positions in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America, most recently as Visiting Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 2016-17. He was Dr R. Marika Chair of Australian and Indigenous Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany, in 2013-14, and was selected for the inaugural Indian Government Global Initiative for Academic Network Program for Distinguished International Faculty in 2015.

Paul is also a violinist. While he has only recently joined the staff of ECU, he has a long connection with the university that goes back to the first years of its establishment, when he completed an undergraduate Music sub-major at WAAPA.

About the ECU Lecture Series
In just 60 minutes, a distinguished ECU academic will explore a pressing issue facing our community, offer their solutions and answer audience questions.

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