Nathaniel Tkacz (Reader)
My work investigates the political, economic and organisational dimensions of technology, with a specific focus on networked and digital forms. This has led me to analyse notions of political openness in web-based communities, the practice of ‘mass collaboration’, experimental economic platforms, software forking, trolling, and emerging forms of governance in network cultures, among other things. My current work is on 1) the rise of ‘dashboard interfaces’ and 2) the relationship between media and economy.
Media theory; cultural studies; software studies; interface criticism; critical data studies; digital economy.
I joined CIM in 2012 from Melbourne, Australia. I hold a PhD in Culture and Communication from The University of Melbourne and Bachelor's degrees in Arts (Honours) and Commerce from Monash University.
Current Research Projects
Interrogating the Dashboard: Data, Indicators and Decision-making. Funded by the ESRC (Transforming Social Sciences Scheme)
MoneyLab: Digital Economic Forms in Times of Crisis. Funded by Warwick RDF Grant and the Institute for Network Cultures.
Past Research Projects
RDF 13-14 DEVELOPMENT AWARD: Moneylab: An Event about social Media and Financial Innovation, Funded by: Research Development Fund, Project Start Date: 16/12/2013 Project End Date: 31/07/2014
RDF 12/13 DA: The New Media of Exchange, Funded by: Research Development Fund, Project Start Date: 01/02/2013 Project End Date: 31/07/2013
- IM902 - Approaches to the Digital (Convenor)
- IM904 - Digital Objects, Digital Methods
- IM923 - User Interface Cultures: Design Method, and Critique (Convenor)
- MA Dissertation Module (Convenor)
PhD Research Supervised
- Esteban Damiani - 'Digital Economies and the public: Analysing social media, online metrics and value production in the 2014 Uruguayan political campaign'
- Craig Gent - 'The Dashboard and the Stack: the post-Fordist reconfiguration of work through dashboard interfaces'
- Samuel Hind - 'Playing with protest: tactical cartographies as territorial strategies' (Completed: 2016)
- Pablo Velasco Gonzalez - 'Understanding cryptocurrencies as political devices'
- Loup Cellard - 'The Theaters of Transparency: Ordering and performing accountability with graphical user interfaces'
- Richard Terry - a critical study of MOOCS and the political economy of digital pedagogy
- Nathalie Mezza-Garcia - a study of Seasteading from the perspective of complexity theory
Public Engagement and Impact
Governance by Dashboard: A Policy Paper (with Jamie Bartlett), DEMOS, 2017
'What are we talking about when we talk about government data?' on Medium, May 2017
'FETISHIZING FACTS WILL NOT FIX THE NEWS, OR WHY WIKITRIBUNE WILL FAIL' on Medium, May 2017
‘Banking on Networks, Or, The Rise of Platform Economies’ in MCD Magazine, December 2014
‘Keeping an eye on the dashboard’ in Demos Quarterly, (4) Autumn 2014 (Impact Essay, co-authored with Jamie Bartlett from Demos)
‘Open Sesame’, essay in Aeon Magazine, January 2013
‘The Spanish Fork: Wikipedia’s ad-fuelled mutiny’, January 2011, interview with Edgar Enyedy in WIRED.CO.UK
Director of Postgraduate Research
Convenor of MA in Digital Media and Culture
ESRC Doctoral Training Centre committee
Global Governance GRP Convening Group
Social Theory Centre
IAS Authority and Political Technology research group