Speaking

2018

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Open Panel:

From Black Boxes to Locked Boxes: STS Interventions for Studying Digital Data Infrastructures

Jessica Ogden, Susan Halford and Jack Webster

Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, August 29-September 1st. See abstract.


2017

Learning to Satisfy Your Musical Needs: Competitive Advantage in the Music Streaming Market

Jack Webster

Innovation in Music, London, UK, September 6-8th. See abstract.

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Cultural Intermediaries in the Digital Age: The Case of Music Streaming Services

Jack Webster

Cultural Mediators in the Digital Age Symposium, London, UK, September 4th. See abstract.


Mass Personalisation? How Spotify Uses 'Imagined Exclusivity' to Stand Out in the Crowded Marketplace for Music Streaming

Jack Webster and Brian J. Hracs

The Place of Music, Loughborough, UK, June 28-29th. See abstract.


2016

Web Science MOOC Panel Discussion, November 2016

Interactive session with (Massive Open Online Course) learners discussing some of the challenges facing the Web, including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and net neutrality. I discuss issues relating to the ownership of music, algorithmic recommendation, and the power structures of the music industry.


 

Towards a Theoretical Approach for Analysing Music Recommender Systems as Sociotechnical Cultural Intermediaries

Jack Webster

Presented at 8th ACM Conference on Web Science, Hannover, Germany, May 23-25th. See abstract.

 

Physical Retail In The Digital Age: Why Are Indie Record Shops Still In Business? Q&A Session With Brian J. Hracs For The Disruption And Innovation Festival (DIF) 2016.

In this video, Brian J. Hracs presents on topic of how vinyl retailers are remaining competitive in the digital age. Brian's talk is followed by a Q&A session between Brian and myself. Brian is a lecturer in Geography at the University of Southampton and his research focusses upon the creative economy and he has a keen interest in the musical economy.


Algorithmic Taste Makers: Reworking the Concept of Cultural Intermediaries for the Digital Age

Jack Webster

Presented at Theorising the Web Conference, New York, USA, April 15-16th. Watch the archived live stream here. See abstract.


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Digital Music Consumption in the era of Big Data & Data Analytics: A Theoretical Approach for Examining Music Recommender Systems as Sociotechnical Cultural Intermediaries

Jack Webster

Presented at British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK, April 6-8th. See abstract.


2015

'Building Worker Die, Building Worker Die!': Musical Militant Particularism and Anti-Gentrification Protest in Kreuzberg, Berlin

Jack Webster

Presented at IASPM Songs of Social Protest Conference, Limerick, IE, April 29th-May 1st. See abstract.

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From the Streets to the Screen: The Importance of Offline Spatial Experience to the Online Distribution of Rap Music on YouTube in the UK

Jack Webster

Presented at Royal Musical Association (RMA) Research Student Conference, Bristol, UK. See abstract. See RMA Blog review.