“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dangerous Data

Data doesn’t tell stories on its own. It has to be aggregated, collated, formatted…and that’s where the danger lies. The potential for misuse and misinterpretation runs rampant when it comes to algorithmically assigned identities and massive indices. It is this kind of 21st century dilemma that John Cheney-Lippold brings up in We Are Data: Algorithms […]

Humans to Numbers: The Ethical Humanity of Turning Our Lives into Data

Recently in Rhode Island, 2 state legislators introduced a bill that would block “offensive material” online, in particular pornography, to all Rhode Island residents by default. Residents would have to pay a one time fee of $20 and put their name on a list to unblock all this material. I had a big issue with that, […]

In the Form of Crunching Numbers: Data at Its Most Inisidious

“The 21st Century is a digital book… Your bank records, medical histories, voting patterns, emails, phone calls, your damn S.A.T. scores… [the] algorithm evaluates people’s past to predict their future.”