Facebook Isn’t Your Friend: Blind Trust in Tech Giants is the People Relinquishing Power

In a blog post of mine from last week, I looked at the nature of data, particularly Big Data, in the realm of ethics and humanity. Is data losing its humanity because of the way we collect and process it? Does that make it unethical? Or maybe it makes it more ethical. I was not […]

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, […]

R.I.P. Personal Privacy

As many know, we are now living in an incredibly crucial point in time due to the drastic advancements in digital technologies that are taking place. With the invention of the internet in the 90s, our society has gradually become more informed and well-connected than it has ever been in the past. That being said, […]

Cambridge Analytica: Calling You From the Future

One element of John Cheney-Lippold’s We Are Data that I find most fascinating is the notion that being datafied persons makes us posthuman or cyborgs. What we are is no longer made up entirely of our thoughts and our bodies; it’s now a combination of our traditional notions of identity and the data-self algorithmically created and mediated […]

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 […]

Data Ownership

After reading John Cheney-Lippold‘s We Are Data, it stood out to me the true importance of taking ownership over our data. This is something that Jer Thorp mentioned in his recent talk at Wheaton, “The Meaning Behind Data: Making Data More Human”, and something that I can’t seem to stop thinking about. Everything we do online, […]