Data & Society is a research institute in New York City that advances public understanding of the social implications of data-centric technologies and automation.
The issues that Data & Society seeks to address are complex. The same innovative technologies and sociotechnical practices that are reconfiguring society – enabling novel modes of interaction, new opportunities for knowledge, and disruptive business paradigms – can be abused to invade people’s privacy, provide new tools of discrimination, and harm individuals and communities.
To provide frameworks that can help society address emergent tensions, Data & Society is committed to identifying thorny issues at the intersection of technology and society, providing and encouraging research that can ground informed, evidence-based public debates, and building a network of researchers and practitioners who can anticipate issues and offer insight and direction.
Data & Society’s programs bring together different perspectives, research methods, and practices. We weave together researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators, journalists, and public intellectuals. We see tremendous reciprocal benefits for network building and research when they are combined.
The work and well-being of Data & Society is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, and much more. We are committed to making certain that a wide array of perspectives are heard and that our research is publicly available.
Data & Society is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) research institute. We are committed to the independence and autonomy of Data & Society’s initiatives and convenings. We do not accept funding that would affect our ability to pursue work free of external interference, and we fiercely protect the independence of our researchers and fellows in their intellectual activities and individual funding relationships.
Data & Society is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) research institute. Its creation was supported by a generous gift from Microsoft.
We are thankful for the general, project, in-kind, and event support we’ve received from a range of entities, including:
Data & Society is looking for thoughtful, creative staff and researchers to help drive its program and projects. New job openings are announced through our newsletter and added to the list of Current Opportunities, below.
HOW TO CONTACT US
PURPOSE FOR INFORMATION COLLECTION
As noted below, you may visit our Website without being required to provide us with any personally identifying information. However, should you decide to provide such information, the information we collect will be used to meet the original reason that you provided us such information, or to provide you with the applicable service requested, and as further described below.
THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Personal Information You Provide And How It Is Used: You may freely visit our Website without being required to provide us with any personal information. However, certain services, requests and features do require that you provide us with some personally identifying information (including, but not limited to, name, address, email) as more particularly described below; availing yourself of any of these services, requests and features is voluntary. Personal information is data that can be used to identify or contact you. We do not knowingly collect sensitive personal information, such as information about medical or health conditions. Please do not send confidential information to us directly through this Website, or by email to any of the contact email addresses listed on this Website. We currently collect personal information via:
Email Newsletters: If you opt to signup for our email newsletter, we will ask you to provide us your email address; you will also have the option of providing us with your name. You may unsubscribe from these emails and in many cases modify your “email preferences’ previously selected at any time by using the link provided in the footer of all such emails.
Get In Touch: If you chose to contact us through any of the contact form options on the Website, we will ask that you provide an email address; in your email you will have the option to provide additional personally identifying information. We will use the information you provide to contact you back and to respond to any requests.
Fellowship Applications: Those opting to apply to our fellowship program will be asked to submit an application. You will be asked to provide a variety of information about yourself, including your name and contact information, past work and references. We will use the information you provide us to evaluate your candidacy for the Data & Society Fellowship Program.
Event Registrations: If you choose to signup for one of our events, you will be required to register. In order to register you will need to provide us with your first and last name and email address. Additional information may also be requested, depending upon the specific event.
Donate: If you make a donation through the Website via the “donate” button, you will be asked to provide certain personally identifying information, such as your name and home address, as well as your credit card billing information, in order to process the donation. The credit card information that you provide at the time of donation is used only to process your donation and will not be stored or used for any other purpose. However, if you opt to make a recurring donation, your credit card information will be stored and used for the purpose of processing your recurring donation.
Non-Personal Information We Collect by Automated Means And How We Use It: We also collect certain non-personal information (data in a form that does not support direct association with any specific person or individual) by automated means when you visit the Website. Much of this information is collected through the use of third-party tracking services, which includes Google Analytics. The information collected may include usage information, such as the numbers and frequency of users to the Website, pages visited, web browsing histories, online purchases and searches, social networking activities and similar data. We also collect via our email marketing service provider – MailChimp – non-personal information related to the emails we send out, including the number of times a email may be opened and the number of times that a link is “clicked” – both of these activities may be linked to your specific email address. When gathered, this data, if used, is used in the aggregate, and not in a manner that is intended to identify you personally. This type of aggregate information may be shared with third parties at any time. In addition to the third-party tracking services mentioned above, we also collect this information through various other means, including "cookies," "web beacons" and IP addresses, as further explained below.
Web Beacons - Certain pages on the Website contain "web beacons" (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). These web beacons allow third parties to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies set by the third party. Web beacons also may be used to track whether you have opened an HTML email. When the email is opened, a part of the code that makes up the HTML page calls a web server to load the web beacon that then generates a record showing that the email has been viewed. Web beacons may also recognize when the email was opened, how many times it was forwarded and which URLs (links within the email) were clicked. We use Web Beacons to better understand your preference and to tell us which part of the Website you have visited and to save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors.
IP Addresses - When you visit and interact with the Website, Data & Society and third parties with whom we have contracted to provide services for us may collect Internet Protocol addresses (each an "IP Address"), as well as browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and page navigation. An IP Address is a unique identifier number that certain electronic devices use to identify and to communicate with each other on the Internet; your Internet Service Provider automatically assigns an IP Address to the computer that you are using. We gather this information to track website visitor movement in the aggregate, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. Our goal in gathering this information is to learn how our customers and the public are using our service. We may use this information to enhance our Website or for other lawful purposes.
Do Not Track - Every time your computer sends or receives information over the Web, the request begins with some short pieces of information called “headers.” These headers include information like what browser you are using, what language your computer is set to, and other details. The Do Not Track technology provides individual users with the ability to include a simple, machine-readable header indicating that they don't want to be tracked, and sends a signal to Web sites' visited requesting that the website disable either its tracking or cross-site user tracking of an individual user. Currently, various browsers – including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari – offer a “do not track” option. Presently, there is no consensus on how Do Not Track should be interpreted, and no common or accepted industry standard for implementing. Consequently, please note that Data & Society’s Website does not currently respond to browsers' Do Not Track signals, and as such your activities will be tracked, regardless of whether you have opted to enable the Do Not Track option offered by your browser.
HOW WE MAY SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
We do not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personally identifiable information about visitors less than 16 years of age. If you are under the age of 13, you must ask your parent or guardian to assist you while accessing/viewing this Website. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 13 years of age and believe that they have disclosed personally identifiable information to us, please contact us at [email protected] so that we can delete your child’s information.
THIRD PARTY WEBSITE
We may provide links to third-party websites, including social media sites – such as Facebook, Twitter - as a service to you or in order to provide you additional information related Data & Society or additional venues in which you can learn about and discuss the activities of Data & Society. Please note that we have no affiliation with these other parties, and cannot control and are not responsible for the information collection, use, and disclosure practices of such third parties; we encourage you to review and understand their privacy practices and policies, if any, before using providing any personally identifying information to them. We are not responsible for the content or information of these websites, an products or services that may be offered through advertisers or third parties, or any other use of the linked website.
HOW WE ATTEMPT TO SAFEGUARD YOUR INFORMATION
YOUR INFORMATION AND YOUR CHOICES
As much as reasonably possible – or as required by applicable law or regulation - we will endeavor to provide you provide you with (i) reasonable access to the personally identifiable information you provide to us, and (ii) the ability to review, correct and delete such personally identifiable information. If you believe that any of the personally identifiable information that you have submitted through our Website is no longer accurate, or you wish to make any updates, changes or simply want more information about the personal information that we are holding, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] You can also make certain changes by logging into the account via the link provided in emails that we send to you. We will do our best to meet your requests to update or amend your information as soon as reasonably practicable. We may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, are impractical, or for which access is otherwise prohibited required by local law. Please note we may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes, and there may also be residual information that will remain within our databases and other records, which will not be removed from such locations. Finally, we are not responsible for removing or deleting information from the databases of third parties (such as service providers) with whom we have shared information about you.
We will retain your information for as long as needed to continue to fulfill our obligations to you in relation to your original request(s) or reason(s) for providing your personal information to us, or otherwise as is reasonable and customary given the nature of the relationship you have with Data & Society. Please note we may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes, and there may also be residual information that will remain within our databases and other records, which will not be removed from such locations. Otherwise, we will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
USE OF THE WEBSITE FROM OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
THE RIGHT TO LODGE A COMPLAINT
Please note that if you are a European Union resident, you have the right to lodge a complaint about our processing of your information/data with your local supervisory authority.
PRIVACY QUESTIONS AND CONTACTING US
Data & Society Research Institute
36 West 20th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10011