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 […]

Data, Algorithms, and the Pursuit of Privacy

Analyzing the morality and ethics surrounding any major issue is something I always try to take into consideration because I believe this frame of mind fulfills a utilitarian objective. As an example, I’ve explored the concept of morality and whether it can be present in the context of a business monopoly on this very blog […]

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, […]

Identity Crisis

  Within the 21st century, technologies have been fused permanently within our daily lives, making it near impossible to imagine a day without simple interaction. Most people use the internet to browse and buy, use their smartphones for maps and games, and within film, we immerse our minds into the story of the screen. When […]

The Digital Me

Society is made of of information that people have bestowed upon one another. With technology on the rise, information but anything and almost everything is all digital and developed as data. “We live in a world of ubiquitous networked communication, a world where the technologies that constitute the Internet are so woven into the fabrics […]

A Monopoly’s Morals

The day before starting Tim Wu’s book, The Master Switch (2010), I engaged in healthy debate with a good friend of mine on issues surrounding modern tech companies in regards to innovation, privacy, and capitalism. I argued CEOs such as Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos were positively contributing to society through their respective breakthroughs […]