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Databite No. 108: SCL and Cambridge Analytica: Peering Inside the Propaganda Machine

Data & Society Research Institute, New York, New York United States

Cambridge Analytica and their parent company SCL Group hit the headlines recently when, after their work on the Trump campaign, reporting exposed misuse of Facebook data linked them to ‘Brexit’, unethical conduct in international elections, and revealed their relationship to defense contracting. Dr. Emma Briant has spent over a decade researching SCL and Cambridge Analytica. Continue...

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Digital Life Seminar Series
Cornell Tech Campus, New York, NY


The Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA


Conjuring Alexa’s Ghost
Eyebeam, New York, NY


2018 International Workshop on Privacy Engineering

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Data & Society's speaker series – Databites – is geared toward engaging our network and the broader public on unresolved questions and timely topics of interest to the D&S community.

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Databite 105: Regulating Informational Infrastructure

K. Sabeel Rahman

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Databite 96: Post-Truth and New Realities: Algorithms, Alternative Facts, and Digital Ethics

Maurizo Ferraris and Martin Scherzinger

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Databite 97: Why Should We Care About the Failure of the British Computing Industry?

Marie Hicks


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The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

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The New Governors: The People, Rules, and Processes Governing Online Speech

Kate Klonick

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Future Perfect: Designer and Discarded Genomes

Ruha Benjamin

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Our annual Fellowship Program supports Data & Society’s crucial ongoing field-building work at the intersection of data-centric technology and society.

Hosting a variety of practitioners and academics–data scientists and engineers, lawyers and librarians, ethnographers and creators, historians and activists–each class of Data & Society fellows connects us more deeply to the field through individual projects, mutual support, contribution to core research projects, and insightful public communications.

During their time at Data & Society, this 2016-2017 class had work appear in the New York Times op-ed, technology, and arts sections; at Internet Freedom Forum, the Museum of Modern Art, W3C, Personal Democracy Forum, RightsCon, and Eyeo Festival; and in viral digital videos about data surveillance and bio-design.

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