December 07, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:30 PMUptown Campus
Amazon and Google are the largest cloud service providers in the world. They offer free storage for genomic data, which is a boon for Big Tech and Big Pharma alike. This talk investigates the role of Big Tech infrastructures in mining “Genetic Gold” and its implications both economically and ethically. Mél Hogan is Assistant Professor of Environmental Media in the Communication, Media and Film Department at the University of Calgary. She is a PI for a SSHRC IDG project (2018-2020) about storing genomic data in the cloud. She has published widely on data centers, their political economy, and the environment. LUNCH WILL BE SERVED Please RSVP by December 3rd.