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CTDS fellow students meet on a monthly basis to talk, analyze and discuss topics related to our center activities, mission and goals. These meetings, which are organized and led by students, aim at providing them with a space to learn material, get to know each other, prepare for important career milestones, find overlapping research interests and create a lifelong network of individuals motivated and interested in the same topics. Our students take a turn organizing one session, presenting the daily topic and leading the discussion that follows it.
The leitmotif characterizing this year’s meetings is big data. Students have defined tools, analyzed how they have been applied to public policy issues (e.g. using mobile data to infer the strengths of social networks, predicting urban change through Google street view pictures), ethical issues deriving from their use and misuse (e.g. threats to individual privacy; human biases which could employ big data in a discriminatory way) and methodologies to work with them.
If you are interested in taking part in one of these events, feel free to reach out to one of our students who will be happy to provide you with further information on the meetings and the topics discussed.