Nicholas Carah is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Arts and the Director of the Digital Cultures and Societies Hub at UQ. His research examines the algorithmic, promotional and participatory cultures of digital media platforms. He is currently a Chief Investigator on ARC projects examining machine vision, digital media and advertising, and Associate Investigator in the Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. Carah is the author of Media and Society: Power, Platforms and Participation (2021), Brand Machines, Sensory Media and Calculative Culture (2016) and Pop Brands: Branding, Popular Music and Young People (2010). In 2020 he was awarded the UQ Award for Teaching Excellence.
Jathan Sadowski is a senior research fellow in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab and an associate investigator for the Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making in Society, both at Monash University. Jathan's work focuses on the political economy and social impacts of digital systems that are data-driven, networked, and automated. He investigates the often-hidden interests, imperatives, and ideologies that influence the design and use of these “smart” technologies.
Anna Briers is a curator, researcher, and writer at UQ Art Museum, with over 20 years of curatorial and project management experience. Notable exhibitions featuring Australian and international contemporary artists include the two-part series: Conflict in My Outlook_We Met Online (2020) online, and Don't be Evil (2021), UQ Art Museum; Craftivism: Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms (2018-21), a Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) and NETS Victoria touring exhibition (co-curator); I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella (2018-20), a SAM and NETS Victoria touring exhibition (co-curator); Cover Versions: Mimicry and Resistance (2017-18), SAM; Cornucopia (2016), SAM; and Nell (2016), SAM (co-curator). Briers has a Master of Arts in Curatorship and has published extensively on contemporary art.
Thao Phan is a feminist technoscience researcher at Monash University who specialises in the study of gender and race in algorithmic culture. She has researched and published on topics including: the aesthetics of digital voice assistants like Siri, Amazon Echo, and Google Home; ideologies of ‘post-race’ in algorithmic culture; and AI in popular culture.