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 […]

“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, […]

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, […]

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 […]