Actions and Detail Panel
Seminar by John Cheney-Lippold: "We Are Data: An Introduction to Algorithmi...
Fri, 2 December 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Today, the ubiquity of digital networked technology is paralleled only by the ubiquity of digital network surveillance. While this extensive surveillance surely facilitates state and corporate invasions of privacy, it also contributes to something more invisible and unseen: the reconceptualization of the world—and ourselves—into algorithmic terms. According to how surveillance agents collect and interpret our data, we might be "citizens" of the United States based on NSA analyses or "celebrities" via Google's estimations. In this talk, Cheney-Lippold will theorize what identity means in the contemporary algorithmic age—where who we are seen to be changes minute by minute, and byte by byte.
John Cheney-Lippold is a professor of American Culture and Digital Studies at the University of Michigan. He is author of We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Algorithmic Selves (NYU Press, 2017).
Talk organized by the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and the Digital Technologies and Democracy Working Group (UTM)