Dominique Cardon / Associate Professor of Sociology at Medalab, Sciences Po, Associate Researcher at Centre d'études des mouvements sociaux, EHESS/PSL Research University

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Dominique Cardon is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Medalab, Sciences Po. He was a researcher at the Laboratory of Uses (Laboratoire des usages, SENSE) of Orange Labs and an associate professor at University Paris Est / LATTS.

His work focused on ordinary forms of expression in the traditional media. He then devoted himself to the study of the uses of communication technologies. He has worked on video telephony, cooperative tools, transformations of working situations under the influence of digital technologies, teleworking and the relationship between sociability and cultural practices.

Since the early 2000s, his research has focused on the uses of the Internet in different contexts: the governance of Wikipedia, the relationship between expressive practices and social networking on blogs, modesty and online immodesty, network practices in social networks, etc.

His work seeks to articulate an analysis of the transformations of public space and the expressive and relational dynamics. It aims in particular to articulate digital methods to a questioning of social sciences on the forms of political commitment, cultural practices and sociability.

Since 2010, his work proposes to conduct a sociological analysis of web algorithms and big data to understand both the internal form of calculations and the world that calculators project on our societies.

He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Réseaux, the scientific council of Wikimedia France and the prospective committee of CNIL (National Commission on Informatics and Liberty, an independent French administrative regulatory body whose mission is to ensure that data privacy law is applied to the collection, storage, and use of personal data).


By Dominique Cardon on Paris Innovation Review

Dans l'analyse et la compréhension d'Internet, la position de la sociologie doit être défendue: face à la tendance à l'économisation généralisée, elle offre des ressources et des références qui permettent de varier les points de vue, de considérer les pratiques sous un angle différent. Cette différence est salutaire. Mais dans le regard qu'elle porte sur Internet, la sociologie est elle-même un espace de débat et, osons le dire, de contradictions. Le digital labor en offre une illustration éclairante.
In the analysis and understanding of the Internet, the role of sociology needs to be defended: facing a widespread tendency to economization, it offers resources and references that allow to change perspectives and view practices from another angle. This difference is healthy. But let's face it: in the way it conceives the Internet, the sociological debate is itself beset with contradictions. Digital labor provides an illustrative case.

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