Social contouring: our proposal to fight against COVID-19

Framing the problem from a societal perspective

As the novel coronavirus spreads globally, it has become apparent the contagion moves along the contours of human lifestyles and culture. The virus spreads in alignment with risks inherent with human behaviours, with some activities more hazardous than others. Epidemic spread has been studied through communities. Earlier research has shown that the response within local communities and the traffic between communities is an important factor in the spread and mitigation of the virus. … Read the rest

Want to fight against this damn COVID19?

To continue our project started at the HackCOVID Léman last Saturday with personaldata.io my group Data Anthropology & Ethics has submitted a challenge to versus virus Hackathon this April 3-5. Kick off this Friday ! Deadline to register as a participant tomorrow April 2 so if you like the challenge presented below register here https://app.versusvirus.ch/signup/steps/1 and enter my e-mail to join my team: jessica.pidoux@epfl.ch

Mapping Social Contours (safe zones) to Increase Societal Trust, Rebuild Communities, and Restart the Economy

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HackCOVID Léman March 28th 2020

Today I had a great day! I participated in a very fruitful experience understanding the pandemic, envisioning solutions, and the best part is that we discussed a lot, great people all around the world from different disciplines. We were not just building new apps.  I really understood the advantage of interdisciplinary work by being in a space where everybody wanted to contribute with something, that was listening and being heard.

We had a good kick-off with Paul-Olivier Dehaye from personaldata.io … Read the rest

A la carte: données personnelles et algorithmes “in the making”

C’est ma dernière année de thèse et la plus savoureuse dois-je dire. Deux événements sont à l’agenda 2020.

“Reprendre le contrôle de ses données personelles”, le 28 mars à l’EPFL, est un atelier destiné a tout un chacun  afin de savoir plus sur nos droits, comment lire nos données et quelles sont les perspectives pour la recherche s’intéressant à ces données. On parlera du RGPD, on vous présentera le https://wiki.personaldata.io/ et on contribuera à créer des outils pour la gestion … Read the rest

How does Tinder work? More interrogations than answers.

DAS JAHRZEHNT – Tinder hat in den letzten zehn Jahren grundlegend verändert, wie wir uns finden und lieben. Nur wie genau? Antworten hat Jessica Pidoux, die in Lausanne zu den Mechanismen hinter Online-Dating forscht.

Ann Mbuti interviewed me recently and wrote an article for SPEX available on her website.

It’s not only a gratification to see my name in a German text, but a great opportunity to meet a journalist like Ann looking for a better understanding of your research … Read the rest

Matching arts and research. I was at Hacking Global Pop Icons #ZHdK

One of the best things happened this last summer after the street parade (lol) was the “Hacking Global Pop Icons” event, a practice-based summer school at the Zurich University of Arts #ZHdK under a cooperative platform called “Shared Campus” between eight arts universities from Europe and Asia. That’s a lot of work to coordinate!!

So in that context, one day I received an email from Leu Rada -who besides her amazing work at the university has … Read the rest

Looking for collaborators – Research project about dating apps

Project title “What does it take to get a better match? A comparative analysis of dating apps”

Lab: IDIAP under the direction of Prof. Daniel Gatica-Perez

Supervision: Jessica Pidoux and Prof. Daniel Gatica-Perez

To start ASAP

Project summary: Dating apps are changing the way people date. To better understand matching algorithms, this project will investigate structural functions on dating apps available, with respect to graphical user interfaces. The student will review literature about matching algorithms and computational methods for … Read the rest

Merci Maïa pour vos intuitions sur la manière dont nous “faisons” la monogamie

Je vous laisse ici une chronique du journal Le Monde très pertinente sur la manière dont d’une part, nous consommons aujourd’hui des relations “à haute fréquence”, une consommation “amplifiée par les plateformes numériques” comme dirait Dominique Boullier. Et de l’autre, nous NE concevons PAS actuellement la monogamie.

C’est une perspective différente qui alimente sans doute la réflexion mais pour aller plus loin dans le processus d’apprentissage il est pour moi essentiel de pouvoir réaliser une comparaison dans un champ des … Read the rest

Raconte ton expérience sur une application de rencontre à une chercheuse!

Collabore avec ma recherche et partage ton histoire avec moi !

Je suis doctorante à l’EPFL à l’Institut des Humanités Digitales, et je m’intéresse à la façon dont les gens utilisent de diverses applications de rencontres comme Tinder, Lovoo, Planetromeo, OkCupid ou autre.

Dans ma recherche actuelle, je souhaite démontrer comment les algorithmes de match fonctionnent.

J’ai moi-même été utilisatrice des applications, mais je suis consciente qu’on utilise toutes et tous ces applications de différentes façons. Pour cette recherche, j’ai … Read the rest

A #FAILED interview: dating apps responsibilities

Illustration by oliv dorsaz @oabsolu

Two months ago a journalist contacted me to write a “piece about dating apps responsibilities”, as he called it.

I answered immediately because he was referred by an acquaintance who is doing an amazing job in data protection and digital rights. Maybe there was too much enthusiasm though… The guy never answered and I did not find the article online! haha

So I thought about sharing my text/opinion with any wandering people coming to … Read the rest