The aim of this research project is to investigate and explore how a responsible adaption, innovation and application of visual surveillance technologies in digital news media can be optimized, and how such knowledge can contribute to further developing and strengthening journalism and the news institution as a responsible and credible actor in society. Using responsible research and innovation (RRI) as a methodological framework, the main research question is how the increasing demand for, and use of, visual material in digital news media creates both opportunities and dilemmas with respect to responsible and sustainable 1) technological and computational exploration in journalism 2) journalistic ethics, transparency, and accountability and 3) journalistic education, innovation, and dissemination. These three themes address issues of societal responsibility in production, collection, selection, and dissemination of visual content in journalism from experimental, technological, theoretical, ethical, educative, collaborative, and societal vantage points. The project will analyze empirically, experimentally, and conceptually the professional and societal challenges and dilemmas prompted by the innovation, adoption, and application of emerging visual technologies to journalism and the news media. Analyses focus on the interdependencies of the local, the international, and the global - comparing findings, experiments and theorizing through collaboration with a team of international researchers, and with the assistance of media students at the University of Bergen, collaborative news organizations at the evolving media cluster Media City Bergen, and a national, stakeholder based advisory board.
Project leader: Astrid Gynnild
Institution: Institutt for informasjons- og medievitenskap