“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 […]

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, […]

The Data We Leave Behind

“Who we are is composed of an almost innumerable collection of interpretive layers, of hundreds of different companies and agencies identifying us in thousands of competing ways.” John Cheney-Lippold John Cheney-Lippold’s book We Are Data: Algorithms and The Making of Our Digital Selves unpacks the transformation of data and algorithms, as well as how data […]

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, […]

Data Streaming, Smart Gadgets: Man as Extension of Machines.

I have been in a long distance relationship for more than 4 years. Whenever someone asks how I do it, my first and only answer would be: “Thanks to technology”. It is true that the affordances of technology have blurred the physical distance: I could easily pick up my phone and Facetime, or Skype, or […]