GC Digital Initiatives Upcoming Workshops and a Talk

Workshop: “WordPress II: Customizing, Stylizing and Integrating with Social Media” Thursday, March 21st, 2019 6:30-8:30pm

This workshop will involve a conceptual and technical discussion of how to integrate social media with your WordPress site. We will discuss how you can customize and style your site – including changing the layout of the site by choosing a different theme, adding functionality with plugins, customizing menus, changing your site header or coloring across the site using the Customizer function and custom CSS, and modifying the basic structure of the site by building a child-theme. Since we will not be covering how to create a WordPress site during this workshop, we recommend that you come with a WordPress site that has content that you can work with during the workshop – even if it is only a practice site.

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Talk: “A Stroll Through the Dark Web” Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 6:30-8:30pm, Room 3317

Matt Goerzen will give a brief rundown of the history, applications, and aspirations of the “dark web” and its infrastructure. The talk will involve a cursory tour of the TOR network and consider a number of contemporary artworks and digital artifacts in its characterization of this fabled place. The talk will touch on artist interventions like Random Darknet Shopper by Mediengruppe Bitnik, radical (and often vaporware) social experiments, and artifacts from mailing list archives, and other communities. Matt Goerzen studies cultures of anonymity, and the technologies that enable them. His current project is to establish a cohesive framework for discussing media vulnerabilities by importing terms-of-craft from computer security research. He is a Researcher on the Media Manipulation project at Data & Society.

This talk is co-sponsored by the ITP Certificate program and the GC Digital Initiatives program.

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Workshop: “Finding the Right Tools for Mapping” Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 6:30-8:30pm

If you’re thinking about making a map, but you’re not sure what software or services to use, this workshop is for you! We will review popular mapping tools and compare the pros and cons of each one, including functionality, price, and accessibility.

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