Datafied Social Connectedness

Much of the time that I spend scrolling through my Facebook News Feed, a part of me always asks: why am I seeing these particular people’s posts and pictures over others, after all they are all my Facebook ‘friends’ so shouldn’t they all be equally valued. Similar questions come up with dating apps like Tinder, […]

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 […]

The Datafication of Citizenship

There is an old cliché that goes something like: The United States is a nation of immigrants. Although this is an oversimplification, it has indeed held true throughout American history. From the first American immigrants, the would be native Americans who crossed the Bering Land Bridge around 20,000 years ago, to the droves of people […]

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, […]