ABOUT

The rapidly increasing, global dissemination of images and videos challenges journalism in new ways.

On the one hand, the media industry profits from the increasing access to visual material provided by smartphones, camera drones, surveillance cameras, wearables, and other technologies. Professional as well as user generated imagery provides journalism with an array of new opportunities for innovative storytelling and the further development of transparency and accountability.

On the other hand, visual content from surveillance technologies challenges privacy regulations and established codes of conduct.

The ViSmedia project investigates empirically, experimentally, and conceptually how the adoption and innovation of visual surveillance technologies in the news media might be optimized, and how such optimization can be done in ways that incorporate and integrate societal responsibility with high quality journalism. The project is interdisciplinary, and the core group of researchers includes social scientists from Norway, USA, and Finland.

The ViSmedia project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council’s program SAMANSVAR (2015-2019), and builds on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), a framework developed by the EU.  Principal Investigator is Professor Astrid Gynnild, University of Bergen.

RESEARCHERS

Astrid Gynnild

Astrid Gynnild

Principal Investigator, ViSmedia. Professor of Journalism and Media Studies in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. Gynnild is the head of the Journalism program.

Gynnild researches visual surveillance, new technologies, and journalism innovation.  She has a special interest in creativity and productivity of journalistic work processing, and explores Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

Lars Nyre

Lars Nyre

Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

As an experienced lecturer in new media, Nyre specializes in media design research.  He collaborates with colleagues on building and testing media prototypes, and has published widely from his experiments. Nyre addresses issues relevant to the emerging paradigm of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

Frode Guribye

Frode Guribye

Associate professor of Information Science in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

His fields of interest are technology-enhanced learning, human-computer interaction, and interaction design.  Throughout his career, Guribye has been devoted to understanding the practical circumstances and implications of adopting ICT in different settings through ethnographic work and design studies.

Bjørnar Tessem

Bjørnar Tessem

Professor of Information Science in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

His research interests include empirical studies of social relations in software development teams, support tools for software development, artificial intelligence methods such as Bayesian networks, analogical reasoning, machine learning, and semantic technologies, and mobile technologies with an emphasis on location based content in journalism.

Martin Eide

Martin Eide

Professor, dr. philos. Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

Eide investigates the relative merits of different media accountability systems. He will also study how the increasing presence of the amateur, user generated content, and citizen journalists provide new challenges for the professional framework of journalism.

Øyvind Vågnes

Øyvind Vågnes

Associate Professor, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

In addition to his scholarly work, which earned him a nomination for a PROSE Award for his book Zaprudered: The Kennedy Assassination Film in Visual Culture (University of Texas Press, 2011), Vågnes has published four novels in his native Norwegian and has wide experience as an editor of journals and anthologies.

Turo Uskali

Turo Uskali

PhD, Head of Journalism at the Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Uskali heads several research projects focusing on innovations in journalism. Uskali has authored or coauthored seven books about the evolution of journalism and media industries. His research has been published recently in Digital Journalism, Mass Communication Educator, and The Journal of Media Innovations.

Nicholas Diakopoulos

Nicholas Diakopoulos

Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park Philip Merrill College of Journalism

He is the Director of the Computational Journalism Lab at UMD, and is an Associate Professor II at the University of Bergen Department of Information Science and Media Studies. His research is in computational and data journalism with emphases on algorithmic accountability and social computing in the news.

Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Professor of Geography, University of Texas at Austin.

His research develops theoretical foundations for interdisciplinary research on communication and geography. He is currently undertaking two major projects: one applying techniques of critical cartography to maps of migration flows into Europe, the other exploring risks of tracking and surveillance associated with mobile telecommunications and location-based services.

Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson

Prefessor, University of Virginia

She is the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics in the Science, Technology, and Society Program. Best known for her work on computer ethics and engineering ethics, Johnson’s research examines the ethical, social, and policy implications of technology, especially information technology.

Anja Salzmann

Anja Salzmann

PhD, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

Salzmann is a PhD fellow at the ViSmedia-project. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Media Sciences from the Ilmenau University of Technology in Germany. Salzmann has worked as a senior teacher for media courses at a Norwegian high school, and as an assistant for several research groups at the University of Bergen. She also has experience as a journalist as well as in market communication.

Thomas Wold

Thomas Wold

Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

Wold holds a PhD in Safety Management and Communication in high-risk industries from the Department of Psychology at NTNU. He has also done research on young people and media behavior, pro-anorexia and journalist behavior on social media. He is currently investigating user-generated content from social media in the news and the ethical dilemmas related to visual media exposure of ordinary citizens.

Maja Vedå

Maja Vedå

Master's student, Department of Information science and Media studies, University of Bergen

Maja is a master’s student in media science and is currently working on her thesis which deals with VG’s use of snapchat. She is looking into how their journalism are adapting to this platform and how they are navigating and choose to operate in such a new era as the journalistic snapchat world.

Camilla Mjøen Lien

Camilla Mjøen Lien

Masters Student, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Camilla is currently writing her Master thesis in media science, with focus on bloggers and self-surveillance. She is also a journalist and a social media-enthusiast, with great interest in how social media contributes to the shaping of our identity.

Magnus Ekeli Mullis

Magnus Ekeli Mullis

Research Assistant, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Mullis is currently on his last semester of a bachelor’s degree in Journalism at the University of Bergen. He has a broad range of experience from several newspapers, and has a special interest in storytelling, innovative journalism and politics.

Joakim Vindenes

Joakim Vindenes

Research Assistant, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Joakim has just finished his master’s thesis in Information Science, focusing on Virtual Reality (VR). His main interests are use of VR in learning and use of 360 video in journalism.

Hilde Otteren

Hilde Otteren

Masters Student, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Hilde is a masters student in media science. She is currently writing her master thesis about the use of visual imagery in online counterpublics, focusing on how content that is in conflict with privacy laws and human rights is positioned in the public sphere. She is also an editor of a student magazine focusing on social issues.

Anette Drønen Sunde

Anette Drønen Sunde

Masters Student, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Anette is a master’s student in information science and is working on her thesis about visual user generated content. She is researching how newspapers handles this type of content and developing a tool to help media with it. Anette has a background as a graphic designer with experience in newspaper design and editorial tasks.

ADVISORY BOARD

Jenny Klinge

Jenny Klinge

Jenny Klinge is a Centre Party member of the Norwegian Parliament.  She works on a spectrum of issues from children’s rights to transport and communications.  She is concerned that laws and regulations are carried out and upheld in such a way that balance is established between individuals’ rights and privacy and the nation’s needs to regulate such rights.

Åke Refsdal Moe

Åke Refsdal Moe

Project Director at the Norwegian Board of Technology

Åke Refsdal Moe is Project Director at the Norwegian Board of Technology (NBT), an independent body for technology assessment advising the Norwegian Parliament and other governmental bodies. A former researcher and lecturer on technology and society at the University of Oslo, Åke currently heads NBT’s projects on Responsible Robotics, Foresight and anticipatory processes and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

Nils E. Øy

Nils E. Øy

Nils. E. Oy is the special advisor to the Norwegian Press Association involved in the permission to access information. A former dean of the Institute of Journalism,  he served as the Secretary-General to the Norwegian Association of Editors for 17 years. He is an Associate Professor II in Journalism at Volda College-University and has authored books on media law.  He was awarded the Free Speech Honor in 2013.

FORMER ASSOCIATES

Joar Midtun

Joar Midtun

Scientific Assistant, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Joar Midtun served as a scientific assistant on ViSmedia from September 2016 through June 2017 when he was engaged in the exploration of automated facial anonymisation on the Prosopo project. In his master’s thesis in Information Science Joar made “an explorative attempt at designing a tool for investigating the normative views of journalism practices in dealing with manipulation and usage of facial press photographies”.  He is also a co-developer of a start-up which in the spring 2017 was awarded a grant from the Norwegian Research Council.

Simen Karlsen

Simen Karlsen

Scientific Assistant, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Simen Karlsen served as a scientific assistant on ViSmedia from September 2016 through June 2017 when he was engaged in the exploration of automated facial anonymisation on the Prosopo project. Simen holds a master’s degree in Information Science and has been specializing in AI techniques in different fields including data mining, computer vision and text analysis. He is also a co-developer of a start-up which in the spring 2017 was awarded a grant from the Norwegian Research Council.