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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Being Human: How Computers Define Our Data

Every person is more than just who they are — deep inside, each one of us is made up of  potential that determines who we could be. This potential can be understood as all the possibilities we could be given our inner code which is comprised of all of the data that defines us. In other words, […]

The Data-Filled Dating Pool

First, there were matchmakers. Then there were personal ads. Now there are dating sites and apps. Big differences in mediums here, but they all involved an algorithmic element of chance, and they still do. In his book, We Are Data, John Cheney-Lippold describes the social and technological phenomenon that is the dating site/app. Sites like OkCupid, […]

MAYDAY: System Failure

Algorithms maintain a consistent presence within our lives. We constantly encounter them through web searches, ASR devices, and even within our daily jobs. In many ways, algorithms are considered useful and can be considered maps for finishing and processing tasks. What turns useful algorithms into dangerous applications, is when they become embeded into our logical […]