Lack of Privacy

We all know that we are getting data taken from what we do daily, whether we search something on google or buy something online. As I am getting older, I am realizing and finding out secret and sneaky ways that data us being taken from us. Through apps and social media, finding out how to […]

Datafied Social Connectedness

Much of the time that I spend scrolling through my Facebook News Feed, a part of me always asks: why am I seeing these particular people’s posts and pictures over others, after all they are all my Facebook ‘friends’ so shouldn’t they all be equally valued. Similar questions come up with dating apps like Tinder, […]

Dividual Privacy

“As procedural data due process tells us, we need to build into privacy’s conceptual foundation a recognition that we all expect different types of privacy in different contexts — even if those contexts are algorithmically produced” (p. 234) –We Are Data, John Cheney-Lippold Privacy policies have always been something that has interested me, because we essentially […]

Patterns of Life

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I have found myself to be a creature of habit. I order the same food at the same places every single time I go and I use the same routes whenever I walk around, whether it’s here at Wheaton College or in my hometown of Salem […]

“My name is Legion, for we are many”

Data is frightening, especially Big Data, and when you realize how it is used by so many…that’s the worst. However, there are not enough queries regarding whether or not it has to be this way. There is a constant identification of problems with little follow up. Are we bound to let ethical data usage slip […]

Your privacy is important to us

Has anyone seen the movie Freaky Friday (2003)? That one with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis? Just watch the first 45 seconds of this clip and bear with me. In addition to posting this because I thought it would be funny to bring up a movie like Freaky Friday in a discussion this important, I also […]

Datafied Medicine

It’s not everyday that I will make a connection between two, overtly different, conceptual disciplines. However, technocratic normalization has come up in both my Medical Anthropology class and the most recent book I have read, We Are Data by John Cheney-Lippold. So, let me begin with a brief description of what Medical Anthropology refers to […]