Anna Jobin

Frau Dr. Anna Jobin


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ORCID: 0000-0002-4649-7812


ETH Zürich
Anna Jobin
Professur für Bioethik
HOA  H 17
Hottingerstrasse 10
8092 Zürich

Organisatorische Zugehörigkeit Mitarbeiterin bei Professur für Bioethik
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Articles and conference papers (peer-reviewed)

Book chapters

Other writing



Conference presentations (peer-reviewed)

  • Jobin, A. (2017). Advertisers and algorithms: translating between tradition and technology. Association of Internet Researchers Conference. Tartu, Estonia. Oct 19, 2017.
  • Jobin, A. (2017). Algorithms, Words and Valuation. Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Boston (MA), USA. Aug 31, 2017.
  • Jobin, A. (2017). Online advertising, algorithms, and intermediaries. Theorizing the Web. New York City (NY), USA. April 7, 2017.
  • Jobin, A., S. Prezioso, O. Glassey & F. Kaplan (2016). La mémoire kaléidoscopique : l’histoire au prisme des algorithmes d'autocomplétion [The kaleidoscopic memory: history as seen through algorithms of autocompletion]. Swiss Congress of Historical Sciences. Lausanne, Switzerland. June 9, 2016.
  • Jobin, A. (2016). Year in search: relevance and limitations. Theorizing the Web. New York City (NY), USA. April 15-16, 2016.
  • Jobin, A. (2015). An imaginary algorithmic public: How media report on search query metrics. Association of Internet Researchers Conference. Phoenix (AR), USA. October 22, 2015.
  • Jobin, A. (2015). Zeitgeist is as Zeitgeist does: the performativity of algorithmic ranking charts. Early Stage Researchers Colloquium on Internet and Society. Berlin, Germany. September 24, 2015.
  • Jobin, A. (2015). Faiseurs d'algorithmes malgré eux: les contributeurs de Google Search et le 'digital labor' [Involuntary algorithm makers: contributors of Google Search and digital labor]. Swiss Sociological Association Congress. Lausanne, Switzerland. June 5, 2015.
  • Jobin, A. & F. Kaplan (2013). Are Google's linguistic prosthesis biased towards commercially more interesting expressions? A preliminary study on the linguistic effects of autocompletion algorithms. International annual conference of Digital Humanities. Lincoln (NE), USA. July 17-19, 2013.
  • Jobin, A. (2012). Research Notes: Information demand about the US presidential candidates in Switzerland. Investigating information retrieval via the Google AdWords platform. International workshop on Just-in-time Sociology. EPFL, Switzerland. December 4, 2012.

Conference posters

  • Jobin, A. (2015). “Big data and the individual: locating agency in interaction with algorithms.” Research day of the Social and Political Science Faculty. Poster. Lausanne University, Switzerland. November 5, 2015.
  • Jobin, A. (2014). “Researching interaction with algorithms: advertisers and Google AdWords.” Doctoriales UNIL. Poster. Lausanne University, Switzerland. December 14, 2014.
  • Jobin, A. (2013). Interacting with Algorithms. Advertisers and Google AdWords. Swiss National Science Foundation: Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day. Bern, Switzerland. October 21, 2013.
  • Jobin, A. (2013). “Algorithms and Agency: the Commodification of Words by Advertisers and Google AdWords” Research day of the Social and Political Science Faculty. Poster. Lausanne University, Switzerland. October 31, 2013

Invited keynotes

  • “'action suppression': von Modellen und Menschen ['action suppression': of models and men]” Minds 100. Basel, Switzerland. November 20, 2019
  • “Citizen Science & Research Ethics.” Engaging Billions of Scientists! Den Haag, Netherlands. July 2, 2019.
  • “Le numérique est plus qu’un simple outil parmi d’autres, mais va-t-il pour autant vraiment révolutionner le monde? [The ‘digital’ is more than a simple tool among many others, but will it actually revolutionize the world?].” Roadshow WIR 2017. Olympic Museum. Lausanne, Switzerland. November 2, 2017.
  • “« L'année en recherches » : une mise en scène algorithmique de l'actualité par Google [«Year in Search»: an algorithmic presentation of the news by Google].” Invited keynote. Université du Québéc à Montréal. Montréal, Canada. October 5, 2016.
  • “Social Media as a Tool, Social Media as a Culture: How to Understand ‘the Digital’ in Higher Education.” Digital Campus Meeting organised by Swissnex San Francisco. Lausanne, Switzerland. November 11, 2014.
  • “The Use of Social Media in an Academic Context: Beyond Twitter and Facebook.” Tutors' programm UNICA2014. Lausanne, Switzerland. October 9, 2014.

Other presentations

  • “The global landscape of AI ethics guidelines.” Ethical Implications of AI in Cybersecurity. Oxford, UK. November 8, 2019
  • “Datenethik aus Sicht der Forschung: dringend und innovationsfördernd.” Connecta. Bern, Switzerland. October 22, 2019.
  • “Datenethik: was steht auf dem Spiel.” OMK Bern. University of Bern, Switzerland. August 22, 2019.
  • “Compétences numériques: environnement et défis [Digital literacy: context and challenges].” COFEM/EMEK: Streamingdienste und Plattformen: Herausforderungen für Medien & Öffentlichkeit. Bern, Switzerland. May 8, 2019.
  • “Créer le buzz en 42'017 étapes [Create a buzz in 42'017 steps].” Buzz ou pas buzz? Etat des lieux de la viralité [To buzz or not to buzz? Virality today]. HEAD. Geneva, Switzerland. March 14, 2019.
  • “#CarteBlanche.” Shift 2019. Zürich, Switzerland. February 28, 2019.
  • “Citizen Science Ethics.” Citizen Science Brown Bag Lunch. University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. December 3, 2018.
  • “Ethik und Governance: Herausforderungen der Digitalisierung” [Ethics and governance: challenges of digitalization].” Genetische genealogie – Chancen und Herausforderungen [Genetic genealogy – opportunities and challenges]. ETH. Zürich, Switzerland. December 1, 2018.
  • “Algorithms, data, and automation: Google’s algorithmic advertising system at work.” L’intelligence artificielle et l’avenir du travail. Promesses des machines, machines à promesses [Artificial Intelligence and the future of work. Promises of machines, promising machines]. University of Lausanne. Lausanne, Switzerland. March 22, 2018.
  • “Evaluating (Ad)Words: Expertise and translation in Google's algorithmic system.” STS faculty research workshop. Tufts University, Medford (MA), USA. September 29, 2017.
  • “Performing public relevance: Google’s Year in Search in Switzerland.” Science Studies Research Group. Cornell University, Ithaca (NY), USA. November 7, 2016.
  • “The future of STS.” (Graduate panel participant.) Where has STS Traveled? Celebrating 40th Anniversary of the Inaugural Meeting of the Society for Social Science. Cornell University. Ithaca (NY), USA. October 29, 2016.
  • “La culture numérique, une culture au-delà des cultures? [Digital culture: a culture beyond cultures?].” Meet the future organised by La Journée de la Femme Digitale [Digital Woman Day]. Paris, France. March 10, 2016.
  • “La mémoire collective: 'Google et les poilus' [Collective memory: Google and the 'poilus'].” Les rencontres du web 14-18 [The World War I web meetings] organised by La Mission du Centenaire [The Centenary Departement Committees]. With S. Prezioso, F. Kaplan, & O. Glassey. Paris, France. April 10, 2015.
  • “How Search Engines Frame Collective Memory. WW1 Commemorated and Reprocessed a Century After.” With S. Prezioso, F. Kaplan, & O. Glassey. Journée CROSS. Presentation. EPF Lausanne, Switzerland. November 21, 2014.
  • “The Co-Construction of Algorithms: advertisers' representation of Google and its users.” DOC-STS. Geneva, Switzerland. September 26, 2014.
  • “Twitter – advanced issues.” Meeting of communication officers. Presentation. Lausanne University, Switzerland. March 10, 2014.
  • “The commodification of digitized words: (re-)creating and negotiating meaning with web search engines.” Digitization and its Impact on Society. TU Dresden, Germany. September 30, 2013.
  • “Un colloque DH c’est quoi? Du DH2013 au DH2014. [What is a DH colloquium? From DH2013 to DH2014]” Interinstitutional doctoral colloquium UNIL/ EPFL in Digital Humanities. Presentation. EPFL, Switzerland. September 20, 2013.
  • “Les prothèses linguistiques et la commodification des mots par Google. [The linguistic prosthesis and commodification of words by Google]” Interinstitutional doctoral colloquium UNIL/EPFL in Digital Humanities. Presentation. Lausanne University, Switzerland. June 21, 2013.
  • “Les réseaux sociaux: quelques impacts majeurs. [Social networks: some major impacts].” Startups & SME Breakfast. Lausanne, Switzerland. March 2, 2012

(Guest) Lectures

  • “Consent & privacy in a digital world” Guest lecture. Ethics workshop: the impact of digital life on society. ETH. Zürich, Switzerland. Forthcoming: November 6, 2019.
  • “Privatsphäre, Ethik, Eigentum und Zivilgesellschaft [Privacy, ethics, ownership and civic society]” Respondent. Citizen Science: public lectures. University of Zürich, Switzerland. October 30, 2019.
  • “The proliferation of AI guidelines” Guest lecture in Big Data, Law & Policy. ETH. Zürich, Switzerland. March 6, 2019.
  • “La politique des algorithmes en ligne [The politics of online algorithms].” Guest lecture in Données, connaissance et culture [Data, knowledge and culture]. Université du Québéc à Montréal. Montréal, Canada. October 5, 2016.
  • “L’actualité algorithmique [Algorithmic news].” Guest lecture in Médias et société [Media and society]. Université du Québéc à Montréal, Canada. October 5, 2016.
  • “Nouvelle pratiques de l'image [New image practices].” Course co-design and weekly co-teaching with D. Panchaud. CEPV: Higher Education in the Arts; section: photography. Vevey, Switzerland. 2015-2016.
  • “Technology, innovation and society: five myths debunked.” Guest lecture in Executive MBA: Tourism and Innovation. Sierre, Switzerland. May 9, 2014.
  • “Digital Film Marketing 2.” Lecture for FOCAL workshop. Zurich, Switzerland. March 8, 2012.
  • “Film Promotion and Marketing on the Internet.” Lecture for Fonction:Cinema. Geneva, Switzerland. February 7, 2012.
  • “Video On Demand and the Social Web.” Lecture for FOCAL Workshop. Zurich, Switzerland. September 30, 2011.


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Funding, grants, awards

  • Travel Grant SAGW (2018).
  • Selected participant at the Data & Society Workshop Propaganda and Media Manipulation, New York, USA. May 19, 2017.
  • Research grant Doc.Mobility by the Swiss National Science Foundation: Full funding for an international stay at Cornell University and Tufts University (2016/2017).
  • Competition: "Ma thèse en 180 secondes. [3 minute thesis]". Runner-up award. Anniversary of the Programme Doctorale Romand en Sociologie. June 3, 2015.
  • Selected participant at the Doctoral Colloquium of the Association of Internet Researchers, Phoenix, USA, October 21, 2015.
  • Full funding of participation at an academic conference: Association of Internet Researchers, Phoenix, USA. October 21-24 2015. University of Lausanne, office for equality, funding for young researchers (2015).
  • Travel Grant SAGW (2015).
  • Selected participant with full funding to Digitization and its Impact on Society Summer School, TU Dresden, Germany (2013).
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