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The Tech Companies are Finally Standing up to Hate–Will it Work?
Joan Donovan, Aug 16, 2017

D&S Media Manipulation Research Lead Joan Donovan talks about the role of large tech companies in curbing extremist activity online. Joan Donovan, a media manipulation research lead at the... read more | Read on Mic...

Uber Settles with FTC Again, This Time over 2014 Privacy Breach
Alex Rosenblat, Aug 15, 2017

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat was interviewed about Uber for Klint Finley’s article in Wired Tuesday’s agreement may not be the end of Uber’s problems with the FTC either. Hartzog... read more | Read on Wired

Know how fake your news is with this lexicon of lies
Caroline Jack, Aug 14, 2017

Quartz cites D&S Postdoctoral Scholar Caroline Jack in their guide to Lexicon of Lies: Problematic information comes in various forms, each uniquely irksome. Yet people are quick to blast... read more | Read at Quartz

What is the Alt-Right?
Becca Lewis, Aug 13, 2017

D&S Researcher Becca Lewis discusses the recruiting methodologies of the Alt-Right in Teaching Tolerance ‘Social media can be very powerful in shaping outlooks, but it doesn’t operate in a... read more | Read on Teaching Tolerance

Data & Society, Fifteen Scholars File Amicus Brief in Pending SCOTUS Case
Marcia Hoffman, Kendra Albert, Andrew D Selbst, Aug 11, 2017

On August 11, 2017, Data & Society and fifteen individual scholars—including danah boyd, Julia Ticona, and Amanda Lenhart—filed an amicus brief in a pending U.S. Supreme Court case, Carpenter... read more |

Lexicon of Lies: Terms for Problematic Information
Caroline Jack, Aug 09, 2017

New guide navigates terms for propaganda and other problematic information read more |

Developing AI apps free from bias crucial to avoid analytics errors
Madeleine Clare Elish, Jul 07, 2017

D&S Researcher Madeleine Clare Elish discusses the implications of biased AI in different contexts. She said when AI is applied to areas like targeted marketing or customer service, this... read more | Read at TechTarget

danah boyd on why fake news is so easy to believe
danah boyd, Jun 27, 2017

D&S founder danah boyd discusses machine learning algorithms and prejudice, digital white flight on social media, trust in the media, and more on The Ezra Klein Show. “Technology is made... read more | Listen on The Ezra Klein Show

The Tech Trade Secrets that may be Harming the Criminal Justice System
Rebecca Wexler, Jun 15, 2017

D&S lawyer-in-residence Rebecca Wexler describes the intersection of automated technologies, trade secrets, and the criminal justice system. For-profit companies dominate the criminal justice technologies industry and produce computer programs that... read more | Listen at WNYC The Takeaway

Code of Silence
Rebecca Wexler, Jun 13, 2017

D&S lawyer-in-residence Rebecca Wexler unpacks how private companies hide flaws in software that the government uses to convict and exonerate people in the criminal justice system. What’s alarming about protecting... read more | Read on Washington Monthly

When a Computer Program Keeps You in Jail
Rebecca Wexler, Jun 13, 2017

D&S resident Rebecca Wexler describes the flaws of an increasingly automated criminal justice system The root of the problem is that automated criminal justice technologies are largely privately owned... read more | Read on NYT

Harvard Rescinds Admission Of 10 Students Over Obscene Facebook Messages
Monica Bulger, Jun 06, 2017

D&S researcher Monica Bulger discusses the recent Harvard rescinded admission offers in the context of youth transgressive behavior on social media. says that researchers like herself are increasingly... read more | Read on NPR...

Why you Should Care about Bots if you Care about Social Justice
Wildneida Negrón, Morgan Hargrave, May 30, 2017

D&S affiliate Wilneida Negrón details the role of bots and automation in activism today. As everyone from advertisers to political adversaries jockey for attention, they are increasingly using automated... read more | Ford Foundation-Equal Changes Blog

How Drivers Shame Uber Lyft Passengers
Alex Rosenblat, May 29, 2017

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat explains how and why Uber & Lyft drivers surveil their passengers during rides. Passenger shaming is partly a consequence of the Uber/Lyft business model. Drivers... read more | Read on Medium...

Tech Companies Should Speak Up for Refugees, Not Only High-Skilled Immigrants
Mark Latonero, May 16, 2017

D&S researcher Mark Latonero provides an overview of the role of large tech companies in refugee crises. While the 40-page brief is filled with arguments in support of immigration, it hardly... read more | Read on HBR...

Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online
Alice Marwick and Rebecca Lewis, May 15, 2017

New Report Reveals Why Media Was Vulnerable to Radicalized Groups Online read more |

Taking the Fight for Digital Rights to Our Libraries
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, May 11, 2017

D&S affiliate Seeta Peña Gangadharan writes about defending digital rights of library patrons. If this sounds complicated and scary, that’s because it is. But confronted with this matrix of... read more | Read on New America...

You probably are not fully removing your private photos and data before selling your old technology
Mimi Onuoha, May 10, 2017

D&S affiliate Mimi Onuoha states that discarded and sold hardware often has data still on it. It’s not just individuals who are lax about removing data, companies around the... read more | Read on Quartz...

We’re Just Starting to Comprehend How Social Media Breeds Shootings
Desmond Patton, May 03, 2017

D&S affiliate Desmond Patton breaks down how social media can lead to gun violence in this piece in The Trace. Social media doesn’t allow for the opportunity to physically... read more | Read on The Trace...

Why media companies insist they’re not media companies, why they’re wrong, and why it matters
Philip Napoli, Robyn Caplan, May 01, 2017

Philip Napoli and D&S researcher Robyn Caplan write on why companies like Google and Facebook insist that they are merely tech companies with no media impact, and why they... read more | Read on First Monday...

Creating Simple Rules for Complex Decisions
Jongbin Jung, Connor Concannon, Ravi Shroff, Sharad Goel, Daniel G. Goldstein, Apr 19, 2017

Jongbin Jung, Connor Concannon, D&S fellow Ravi Shroff, Sharad Goel, and Daniel G. Goldstein explore new methods for machine learning in criminal justice. Simple rules certainly have their advantages,... read more | Read on HBR...

How young adults define ‘news’: 7 good questions with Data & Society’s Mary Madden
Mary Madden, Apr 14, 2017

D&S researcher Mary Madden was interviewed by the American Press Institute about Madden’s recent Knight Foundation-supported report, “How Youth Navigate the News Landscape.” However, one of my favorite quotes... read more | Read on API...

Unlocking the secrets of the digital library
Anne L. Washington, Apr 12, 2017

D&S fellow Anne L. Washington discusses her previous research as a digital government scholar and her upcoming work examining US open data policy, funded through a five-year National Science... read more | Read on Centre for Public Impact...

Minority Neighborhoods Pay Higher Car Insurance Premiums Than White Areas With the Same Risk
Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Lauren Kirchner, Surya Mattu, Apr 05, 2017

Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Lauren Kirchner, and Surya Mattu complete the Black Box series with an analysis of premiums and payouts in California, Illinois, Texas and Missouri that shows that... read more | Read on ProPublica...

To Serve the National Interest
Ingrid Burrington, Josh Begley, Seth Freed Wessler, Apr 05, 2017

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington, with Josh Begley and Seth Freed Wessler, created an installation on presentation at the Ace Hotel. Building on Wessler’s journalistic investigation into privately run immigrant-only... read more | Read on Rhizome...

Narcissism, Social Media and Power
Alice Marwick, Miranda Giacomin, Apr 03, 2017

D&S fellow Alice Marwick discusses narcissism and the attention economy in this interview with Kinfolk. read more | Read more on Kinfollk...

Combatting Police Discrimination in the Age of Big Data
Sharad Goel, Maya Perelman, Ravi Shroff, David Alan Sklansky, Apr 02, 2017

Sharad Goel, Maya Perelman, D&S fellow Ravi Shroff, and David Alan Sklansky examine a method that can “reduce the racially disparate impact of pedestrian searches and to increase their... read more | Read on SSRN...

Ten simple rules for responsible big data research
Matthew Zook, Solon Barocas, danah boyd, Kate Crawford, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Alyssa Goodman, Rachelle Hollander, Barbara A. Koenig, Jacob Metcalf, Arvind Narayanan, Alondra Nelson, Frank Pasquale, Mar 30, 2017

As the size and complexity of available datasets has grown, so too have the ethical questions raised by big data research. read more | Read more on PLOS Computational Biology...

Google and Facebook Can’t Just Make Fake News Disappear
danah boyd, Mar 27, 2017

That’s the beauty of provocative speech: It makes people think not simply by shoving an idea down their throats, but inviting them to connect the dots. read more | Read on Backchannel...

Calling Uber-Like Businesses the ‘Sharing Economy’ Masks Reality
Robert Hackett, Mar 13, 2017

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Ryan Calo’s recent work, The Taking Economy: Uber, Information, and Power, was profiled in this Fortune piece. One part of the argument that stuck... read more | Read on Fortune...

Privacy, Poverty and Big Data: A Matrix of Vulnerabilities for Poor Americans
Mary Madden, Michele E. Gilman, Karen Levy, Alice E. Marwick, Mar 11, 2017

An examination on how poor Americans are impacted by privacy violations with discussion on how to protect digital privacy for the vulnerable. read more | Read on SSRN...

Algorithms Learn From Us, and We Can Be Better Teachers
Solon Barocas, Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Mar 10, 2017

D&S affiliates Solon Barocas and Suresh Venkatasubramanian discuss the implications of machine-learning algorithms in real life. What if someone is refused a loan and suspects it had something to... read more | Read on NBC News...

The Latest Victim of Uber’s Disruption May Be Itself
Alex Rosenblat, Ryan Calo, Mar 09, 2017

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Ryan Calo’s recent work in “The Taking Economy: Uber, Information, and Power” was featured in this TIME article. At a minimum, Greyball makes apparent... read more | Read on TIME...

Complicity
Nick Grossman, Mar 08, 2017

D&S advisor Nick Grossman discusses trust in the sharing economy. So, fast forward to our refund situation: now I no longer feel like I have any moral high ground... read more | Read on Nick Grossman's blog...

Against The Whiteboard
Anil Dash, Mar 07, 2017

D&S advisor Anil Dash discusses how interviews can exclude people from the tech  industry. When we mimic patterns from tech culture without knowing why we do them, we often... read more | Read on Medium...

The Taking Economy: Uber, Information, and Power
Ryan Calo, Alex Rosenblat, Mar 07, 2017

Ryan Calo and D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat write this analysis of the newly termed ‘taking economy’ of Uber. Sharing economy firms such as Uber and Airbnb facilitate trusted transactions... read more | Read more on SSRN...

Flexing the platform for good
Nick Grossman, Mar 06, 2017

D&S advisor Nick Grossman discusses constructive approaches for tech companies to support important issues. As the white house continues to issues executive orders on issues like immigration that hit... read more | Read on Nick Grossman's blog...

Tech and the Fake Market Tactic
Anil Dash, Mar 01, 2017

D&S advisor Anil Dash discusses Fake Markets that are dominated by few tech companies. Worse, we’ve lost the ability to discern that a short-term benefit for some users that’s... read more | Read on AnilDash.com...

How Youth Navigate the News Landscape
Mary Madden, Amanda Lenhart, Claire Fontaine, Mar 01, 2017

Exploring youth news consumption behavior on mobile and social media to reveal how young people are adapting to a changing media environment to access news they trust. read more | Read on Knight Foundation...

Why It’s So Difficult to Authenticate Videos That Appear to Show Human Rights Violations
Rebecca Wexler, Feb 28, 2017

D&S lawyer-in-residence Rebecca Wexler analyzes the unreliability of video authenticating in Slate. When forensic scientists refuse to reveal details about how their experimental methods work, they erode trust in... read more | Read on Slate...

Life, Liberty, and Trade Secrets: Intellectual Property in the Criminal Justice System
Rebecca Wexler, Feb 21, 2017

D&S lawyer-in-residence Rebecca Wexler provides an analysis on trade secrecy in the criminal justice system. Abstract is below: From policing to evidence to parole, data-driven algorithmic systems and other... read more | Read on SSRN...

How to Talk to Your Facebook Friends about Fake News
Alice E. Marwick, Feb 21, 2017

D&S fellow Alice E. Marwick was quoted in this piece discussing fake news, confirmation bias, and social media. When it comes to politics, we “take a personal stake,” says... read more | Read on The Open Notebook...

Uber & Alex Rosenblat
Alex Rosenblat, Feb 15, 2017

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was interviewed by Radio NZ about Uber and the promises it makes its drivers, i.e. flexible hours and freedom. read more | Listen on Radio NZ...

Autopsy of inBloom Sparks Old Debates About Sharing Student Data
Monica Bulger, Patrick Davison, Mikaela Pitcan, Feb 14, 2017

D&S researcher Monica Bulger and D&S research analysts Patrick Davison and Mikaela Pitcan’s recent work with “The Legacy of inBloom” was profiled in this piece by Education Week. “Not... read more | Read on Education Week...

A Surreal Trip to a Domain-Names Conference
Ingrid Burrington, Feb 13, 2017

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington explores the importance of domain names at NamesCon, an annual conference for the domain-names industry. In addition to being crucial to making the web work,... read more | Read on The Atlantic...

NY State Assembly Standing Committees Testimony
Rebecca Wexler, Feb 08, 2017

D&S lawyer-in-residence Rebecca Wexler testifies about government oversight of forensic science laboratories in the State of New York. I submit these comments to the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes;... read more | Watch on NY State Assembly...

On Our Reading List: A Detailed History, Autopsy and Legacy of inBloom
Monica Bulger, Patrick Davison, Mikaela Pitcan, Feb 07, 2017

D&S researcher Monica Bulger, with D&S research analysts Mikaela Pitcan and Patrick Davison, recently had their new work, The Legacy of inBloom, discussed in EdSurge. The intentions, misunderstandings, concerns... read more | https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-02-07-on-our-reading-list-a-detailed-history-autopsy-and-legacy-of-inbloom

Tech folk: ‘Move fast and break things’ doesn’t work when lives are at stake
Keith Hiatt, Michael Kleinman, Mark Latonero, Feb 02, 2017

D&S affiliate Keith Hiatt, Michael Kleinman, and D&S researcher Mark Latonero think critically about the usage of technology as a all-encompassing solution in human rights spaces. It’s important to acknowledge... read more | Read on The Guardian...

The Legacy of inBloom
Monica Bulger, Patrick McCormick, Mikaela Pitcan, Feb 02, 2017

D&S researcher Monica Bulger, with Patrick McCormick and D&S research analyst Mikaela Pitcan, writes this working paper detailing the “Legacy of inBloom”. Although inBloom closed in 2014, it ignited... read more |

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On the Executive Orders of January 2017
John Palfrey, Feb 01, 2017

D&S advisor John Palfrey speaks to his students about the President’s executive orders on immigration. There has been much talk of universities and schools committing to be “sanctuaries” for... read more | Read on Andover...

What It Takes To Truly Delete Data
Mimi Onuoha, Jan 30, 2017

D&S affiliate Mimi Onuoha details the process of completely deleting data. This overwriting process is a bit like painting a wall: If you start with a white wall and... read more | Read on FiveThirtyEight...

The Information War Has Begun
danah boyd, Jan 27, 2017

D&S founder danah boyd responds to remarks by the Trump administration stating that their opposition is the media. And now many of the actors most set on undermining institutionalized... read more | Read on Zephoria.org...

The Public Data Layer
Nick Grossman, Jan 26, 2017

Nick Grossman ponders the importance of and vision for the public data layer. If we do this right, we can get smarter at policymaking, and design regulatory systems that... read more | Read more on Nick's blog...

Close Calls
Zara Rahman, Jan 26, 2017

D&S fellow Zara Rahman writes about how immigrant families use social media and digital technologies. The consequence is that the home of our deeply personal information has gone from... read more | Read on Real Life Mag...

Doing Screen Time: Reflections on the screen at home and in school
Claire Fontaine, Jan 25, 2017

D&S researcher Claire Fontaine’s debut on Points, “Doing Screen Time,” resourcefully unwinds the apparent contradiction between anxiety around screen time at home and support for screen time at school:... read more | Read on Points...

Fake news is a red herring
Ethan Zuckerman, Jan 25, 2017

D&S advisor Ethan Zuckerman writes about fake news and the bigger problem behind fake news. The truly disturbing truth is that fake news isn’t the cause of our contemporary political... read more | Read on DW...

Trump: A Resister’s Guide
Kate Crawford, Jan 23, 2017

D&S affiliate Kate Crawford writes a letter to Silicon Valley on how to resist Trump. You, the software engineers and leaders of technology companies, face an enormous responsibility. You... read more | Read on Harper's Bazaar...

Data Streams
Hito Steyerl, Kate Crawford, Jan 23, 2017

D&S affiliate Kate Crawford and Hito Steyerl converse about “NSA bros, dataveillance, apex predators, AI, and empathy machines.” read more | Read on The New Inquiry...

The Valley and the Predator
Ingrid Burrington, Jan 19, 2017

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington discusses associating weaponry, like drones, with art. The impulse to pair a technology associated with automated extralegal killing of American citizens alongside “culture and the... read more | Read on Rhizome...

Watchworthy Wednesday: Podcast Examines Human Rights Data Analysis
Patrick Ball, Data & Society, Jan 18, 2017

D&S friend Patrick Ball’s episode of D&S’s new podcast, Listen, was featured in this profile by DML Central. read more | Read on DML Central...

It’s Journalism’s Job to Save Civics
Ethan Zuckerman, Jan 18, 2017

D&S advisor Ethan Zuckerman provides a transcript on his recent speech about journalism and civics. One final thing: we have this tendency in journalism right now to feel very... read more | Read on Medium...

Intimate Partner Digital Abuse
Michele Ybarra, Myeshia Price-Feeney, Amanda Lenhart, Kathryn Zickuhr, Jan 18, 2017

12% of U.S. internet users who have been in romantic relationships have experienced intimate partner digital abuse… Digital tools are often an integral part of healthy romantic relationships. Romantic... read more |

Fake Pop-Up Exposes the Dark Side of the Information Age
Surya Mattu, Tega Brain, Jan 17, 2017

D&S affiliate Surya Mattu and fellow Tega Brain’s artwork was featured in Tactical Tech’s The Glass Room. In Unfitbit by Surya Mattu and Tega Brain, a FitBit is attached... read more | Read more on The Creators Project...

Suppressed Images
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Chelsea Manning, Shoili Kanungo, Jan 17, 2017

D&S artist-in-residence Heather Dewey-Hagborg partnered with Chelsea Manning and Shoili Kanungo to create Suppressed Images, an illustrated series about Dewey-Hagborg and Manning’s collaboration. read more | Read on Suppressed Images...

Who Is Killing the Towns of Western Massachusetts?
Susan Crawford, Jan 17, 2017

D&S advisor Susan Crawford writes about communication infrastructure in rural parts of America. This year, I’ll be traveling the US talking to people in scrappy communities who are building fiber... read more | Read on Backchannel...

Where policy and practice collide: Comparing United States, South African and European Union approaches to protecting children online
Monica Bulger, Patrick Burton, Brian O’Neill, Elisabeth Staksrud, Jan 16, 2017

D&S researcher Monica Bulger, with Patrick Burton, Brian O’Neill, and Elisabeth Staksrud, writes “Where policy and practice collide: Comparing United States, South African and European Union approaches to protecting... read more | Read on Sage Journals...

On being and Tech’s moral reckoning
Anil Dash, Jan 15, 2017

D&S advisor Anil Dash presents the newest episode of On Being. Back in November, I got to sit down with the amazing Krista Tippett for a lengthy interview in... read more | Read on Anil Dash...

Democracy 3.0: A science-fiction story about what comes next in America
Gideon Litchfield, Jan 15, 2017

D&S affiliate Gideon Litchfield writes a short story called ‘Democracy 3.0’ read more | Read on Quartz...

Trump’s Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Fuels Data Concerns
Monica Bulger, Jan 13, 2017

D&S researcher Monica Bulger was quoted in this piece discussing how immigrant families may feel fearful about school data. “My concern is that right now there is a lot... read more | Read on Education Week...

Self-segregation: how a personalized world is dividing Americans
danah boyd, Jan 13, 2017

D&S founder danah boyd’s Points piece was re-published for The Guardian. boyd looks back at the unraveling of two historical institutions through which social, racial, and class-based diversification of... read more | Read on The Guardian...

10 tech issues that will impact social justice in 2017
Wilneida Negrón, Jan 12, 2017

D&S affiliate Wilneida Negrón details the ten tech issues that will impact this year. As we begin a new year and a new political administration takes office in the... read more | Read on Ford Foundation...

PULSE offers ‘Stranger Visions’ into our DNA
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jan 11, 2017

D&S artist-in-residence Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s work has been profiled in Connect Savannah. “For me, it was this moment of revelation of human vulnerability,” she recalls. “It was this question of... read more | Read on Connect Savannah...

MIT Media Lab to participate in $27 million initiative on AI ethics and governance
Joi Ito, Jan 10, 2017

D&S advisor Joi Ito was quoted in this MIT Media Lab press release about the AI joint initiative with the Berkman Center. “AI’s rapid development brings along a lot... read more | Read on MIT News...

Claudia Perlich: Ad Tech, Watson and Ethics
Claudia Perlich, Jan 10, 2017

D&S advisor Claudia Perlich discusses modeling, transparency, and machine learning in a new episode of the Partially Derivative podcast. “One pitfall I see is that it’s easy from a... read more | Listen on Partially Derivative...

The stories we tell ourselves
Zara Rahman, Jan 08, 2017

D&S fellow Zara Rahman details her thoughts on owning one’s success and hard work. It’s unrealistic and unfair to ignore all that work – to myself, and others. Citing... read more | Read on Zararah.net...

The Four Freedoms, in 2017
Ethan Zuckerman, Jan 07, 2017

D&S advisor Ethan Zuckerman reflects on today’s political atmosphere and FDR’s speech on the four freedoms. This is a scary moment, a time where it looks like the progress we’ve... read more | Read on Medium...

Hacking the Attention Economy
danah boyd, Jan 05, 2017

For many who are learning these techniques, it’s no longer simply about fun, nor is it even about the lulz. It has now become about acquiring power. read more | Read on Points...

How do you deal with a problem like “fake news?”
Robyn Caplan, Jan 05, 2017

consists of misleading headlines, deceptive edits, consensus-based truthmaking in communities like reddit or 8chan (i.e. pizzagate), or by the absorption of fake news by political figures, like... read more | Read on Points...

Why America is Self-Segregating
danah boyd, Jan 05, 2017

The United States can only function as a healthy democracy if we find a healthy way to diversify our social connections, if we find a way to weave together... read more | Read on Points...

Are There Limits to Online Free Speech?
Alice Marwick, Jan 05, 2017

What do we do when tools founded on openness and freedom are used by straight-up bad actors? And what do platforms committed to those ideals do when their technologies... read more | Read on Points...

Did Media Literacy Backfire?
danah boyd, Jan 05, 2017

Addressing so-called fake news is going to require a lot more than labeling. It’s going to require a cultural change about how we make sense of information, whom we... read more | Read on Points...

What’s Propaganda Got To Do With It?
Caroline Jack, Jan 05, 2017

One person’s activism — or education, or journalism, for that matter — is another person’s propaganda. read more | Read on Points...

Encrypt the Web
Baratunde Thurston, Jan 04, 2017

D&S advisor Baratunde Thurston discusses EFF’s work to encrypt the web and switch every site to https://. read more | Watch on YouTube...

2016 in books
Zara Rahman, Jan 04, 2017

D&S fellow Zara Rahman details the books she has read and enjoyed in 2016. read more | Read on Zararah...

Telfair’s Pulse Art + Technology Festival packed with interactive art and more
Kristopher Monroe, Jan 03, 2017

D&S artist-in-residence Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s work was profiled in this piece by Do Savannah. In a related piece, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg has created facial portraits based on the DNA profile... read more | Read on Do Savannah...

The new white is the same old story
Charlton D. McIlwain, Dec 21, 2016

D&S advisor Charlton D. McIlwain writes an op-ed about the new white political movement. We must see the new white narrative for what it really is, an attempt to... read more | Read on CNN...

In Addition to Innovation, Journalism Needs Trusted Communities
Zara Rahman, Dec 19, 2016

D&S fellow Zara Rahman donates part of her Shuttleworth Flash Grant to the Human Rights Data Analysis Group and Global Voices. So here’s the thing: I don’t think we... read more | Read on Global Voices...

Seeing without knowing: Limitations of the transparency ideal and its application to algorithmic accountability
Mike Ananny, Kate Crawford, Dec 13, 2016

D&S affiliate Kate Crawford co-wrote, with Mike Ananny, this piece discussing transparency and algorithmic accountability. Models for understanding and holding systems accountable have long rested upon ideals and logics... read more | Read on Sage Journals...

Business leaders must speak — loudly and clearly — against the abuses and excesses that Trump has promised
Anil Dash, Dec 13, 2016

D&S advisor Anil Dash asserts that business leaders have to stand up against proposed abuses and violations from the Trump administration. read more | Read on Recode

Nonconsensual Image Sharing
Amanda Lenhart, Michele Ybarra, Myeshia Price-Feeney, Dec 13, 2016

Media coverage of revenge porn largely focuses on instances when celebrities have had private nude or explicit photos or videos made public without their consent, but this experience is... read more |

2016: A Year of Data-Driven Confusion
Zara Rahman, Dec 12, 2016

D&S fellow Zara Rahman details the year’s ‘data-driven confusion’ and contends for a responsible data approach, both to practice and comprehension. We must take a responsible data approach to... read more | Read on Model View Culture...

Lunch with my friend, the Trump supporter
Ethan Zuckerman, Dec 09, 2016

D&S advisor Ethan Zuckerman discusses his long-time friendship with a Trump supporter. read more | Read on Medium...

A Process for Discovery
Hilary Mason, Dec 08, 2016

D&S advisor Hilary Mason presents her process for discovering changes in markets. read more | Watch on YouTube...

Go to The Glass Room. If Black Mirror Had a Showroom, This Would Be It
Baratunde Thurston, Dec 06, 2016

D&S advisor Baratunde Thurston details his exploration of The Glass Room exhibit. I want to see The Glass Room everywhere there is an Apple Store…And anyone founding or working... read more | Read on Points...

Self-censorship in tech and social change
Zara Rahman, Dec 04, 2016

D&S fellow Zara Rahman discusses her thoughts on self-censorship in the field of social change. Call me naive, but I hope that my future professional life will be enhanced,... read more | Read on Zararah.net...

Broadway won’t document its dramatic race problem, so a group of actors spent five years quietly gathering this data themselves
Mimi Onouha, Dec 04, 2016

D&S affiliate Mimi Onuoha profiles the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) of Broadway and off-Broadway and their efforts “to track racial demographic data in the industry.” read more | Read on Quartz...

In Macedonia’s fake news hub, teen shows AP how it’s done
Robyn Caplan, Dec 02, 2016

D&S researcher Robyn Caplan was interviewed by AP about fake news, specifically in regards to the fake news industry in Macedonia. “Telling real from fake is difficult when people... read more | Read on AP...

Victims Are Not Virtual: Situation assessment of online child sexual exploitation in South Asia
Mark Latonero, Monica Bulger, Bronwyn Wex, Emma Day, Kapil Aryal, Mariya Ali, Keith Hiatt, Nov 30, 2016

D&S researchers Mark Latonero and Monica Bulger, with Bronwyn Wex, Emma Day, Kapil Aryal, Mariya Ali, and Keith Hiatt, completed a thorough study on online child sexual exploitation in... read more | Read on UNICEF...

Transparency ≠ Accountability
danah boyd, Nov 30, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd’s prepared remarks for a public roundtable in the European Parliament on algorithmic accountability and transparency in the digital economy were adapted in this Points piece.... read more | Read on Points...

What happens when you normalize the abnormal
Ethan Zuckerman, Nov 29, 2016

D&S advisor Ethan Zuckerman wrote an op-ed detailing the issue of normalizing the abnormal. My deep fear is that there’s no single set of Hallin’s spheres anymore. What’s consensus... read more | Read on CNN...

Want an Election Escape? The Internet Doesn’t Work Like That
Emily Dreyfuss, Nov 27, 2016

D&S affiliate Angèle Christin was quoted in this Wired piece discussing the pervasiveness of election news online. In that process, such conversations start to invade “social areas that are... read more | Read on Wired...

A new study suggests online harassment is pressuring women and minorities to self-censor
Alice E. Marwick, Nov 24, 2016

D&S fellow Alice E. Marwick wrote this op-ed discussing how online harassment disproportionately impacts women and minorities. In a divisive time for American society, it’s crucial that everyone is... read more | Read on Quartz...

Facebook Must Acknowledge and Change Its Financial Incentives
Robyn Caplan, Nov 22, 2016

D&S researcher Robyn Caplan writes about fake news and Facebook in the NYT. Media organizations were especially left behind when Facebook changed its algorithm in June to privilege friends... read more | Read on NYT...

Culture of Harassment
danah boyd, Nov 22, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd writes her response to the recent “Online Harassment, Digital Abuse, and Cyberstalking in America” report. 27% of all American internet users self-censor what they post... read more | Read on Points...

Simulating Enron: the undead corpus of emails from a massive corporate fraud
Sam Lavigne, Tega Brain, Nov 21, 2016

D&S fellow Tega Brain’s work with Sam Lavigne was featured in Rhizome. The Good Life (Enron Simulator) by Sam Lavigne and Tega Brain was awarded a 2016 Rhizome Net... read more | Read on Rhizome...

Imagining the Sharing Economy
Caroline Jack, Nov 21, 2016

D&S post-doctoral scholar Caroline Jack responds to “Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing” from Pew Research Center. The more that is known about the workers and the work... read more | Read on Points...

Don’t Stop Believing (in Polling)
Mary Madden, Nov 21, 2016

D&S researcher Mary Madden writes this Points piece defending polls. What we need to move forward is a triangulation of methods — using a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis and... read more | Read on Points...

Social Media Use by Americans, 2016 (Data Memo)
Amanda Lenhart, Michelle Ybarra (CiPHR), Myeshia Price-Feeney (CiPHR), Nov 21, 2016

This study, part of a larger study of online harassment, asked internet users whether they use three types of platforms: Social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram; video... read more |

Online Harassment, Digital Abuse, and Cyberstalking in America
Amanda Lenhart, Michele Ybarra (CiPHR), Kathryn Zickuhr, Myeshia Price-Feeney (CiPHR), Nov 21, 2016

As digital tools become more interwoven into Americans’ personal and professional lives, understanding the spread and impact of cyberabuse is of increasing importance to researchers, policymakers, businesses, and consumers. read more |

Phones, but No Papers
Julia Ticona, Nov 18, 2016

D&S post-doctoral scholar Julia Ticona responds to “Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing” from Pew Research Center. Contingent work has always been prevalent in communities where workers have... read more | Read on Points...

Watching the Election from The Post-Truth Future
Christine Xu, Nov 17, 2016

D&S advisor Christina Xu writes about fake news and conspiracy theories in China. Here in China, even well-educated and progressive friends have sincerely asked me about some pretty niche... read more | Read on Medium...

Empathy isn’t a favor I owe white Trump voters. It has to go both ways.
Baratunde Thurston, Nov 17, 2016

D&S advisor Baratunde Thurston jumps into the debate of the place of empathy in a post-Trump election. read more | Read on Vox...

What Motivates Gig Economy Workers
Alex Rosenblat, Nov 17, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat writes about the motivations of gig economy workers. In sum, the effects of the gig economy on the workforce are mixed. These platforms seem to... read more | Read on HBR...

How to Hold Algorithms Accountable
Nicholas Diakopoulos, Sorelle Friedler, Nov 17, 2016

D&S affiliate Sorelle Friedler, with Nicholas Diakopoulos, discuss five principles to hold algorithmic systems accountable. Recent investigations show that risk assessment algorithms can be racially biased, generating scores that,... read more | Read on MIT Technology Review...

Big Thinkers: Social Influence
Tim Hwang, Nov 16, 2016

D&S researcher Tim Hwang participates in episode 11 of Big Thinkers. read more | Read on Semantica Research...

Privacy is an essentially contested concept: a multi-dimensional analytic for mapping privacy
Deirdre Mulligan, Nov 14, 2016

D&S advisor Deirdre Mulligan, with co-authors Colin Koopman and Nick Doty, released “Privacy is an essentially contested concept: a multi-dimensional analytic for mapping privacy”. The meaning of privacy has... read more | Read on RSTA...

We Need to Stop Taking Facebook’s Word For It
Robyn Caplan, Nov 14, 2016

D&S researcher Robyn Caplan critiques Facebook limiting researchers’ access to data. “This underplays the role that algorithms play in personalizing content based on these individual choices,” Caplan told Gizmodo... read more | Read on Gizmodo...

Trump’s victory and the rise of insurrectionism in America
Ethan Zuckerman, Nov 13, 2016

D&S advisor Ethan Zuckerman provides his thoughts on the recent 2016 presidential election and insurrectionism. I didn’t want to see a Trump presidency, and the rise of insurrectionism to... read more | Read on EthanZuckerman.com...

Trump’s win was a failure of many things—but democracy isn’t one of them
Gideon Lichfield, Nov 12, 2016

D&S affiliate Gideon Lichfield wrote this op-ed about the recent US presidential election read more | Read on Quartz...

How data failed us in calling an election
Steve Lohr, Natasha Singer, Nov 11, 2016

D&S affiliate Natasha Singer and Steve Lohr discuss the role of data in the 2016 election. Virtually all the major vote forecasters, including Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight site, the New... read more | Read on Tampa Bay Times...

Internet politics: a feminist guide to navigating online power
Zara Rahman, Nov 11, 2016

D&S fellow Zara Rahman writes about digital access and control. Recognising the political importance of our technical decisions is within reach, leading ultimately to reclaiming power and control of... read more | Read on Open Democracy...

more Culture Digitally scholars reflect on the election and our scholarship going forward
Tarleton Gillespie, Mary Gray, Kate Miltner, Ted Striphas, Ilana Gershon, Paul Hillier, Mike Annany, Hector Postigo, Nov 11, 2016

D&S advisor Tarleton Gillespie, with several scholars, continues sharing essays on the U.S. election and the implications on scholarship. As we said yesterday, we know the scholars in this community... read more | Read on Culture Digitally...

at Culture Digitally, we’re thinking about our scholarship in the harsh light of this week
Tarleton Gillespie, Hector Postigo, Jonathan Sterne, Thomas Streeter, Seth Lewis, Kate Zyskowski, Tom Boellstorff, Shawn Walker, Josh Braun, Jesse Houf, Robert Gehl, Jessa Lingel, Sarah Banet-Weiser, Nov 10, 2016

D&S advisor Tarleton Gillespie joins other scholars in considering the place of research and scholarship in a post-Trump USA. But as scholars, we do a disservice to allow for... read more | Read on Culture Digitally...

Media: End Reporting on Election Polls
danah boyd, Nov 10, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd opines on the usefulness of election polls and calls for the cessation of these polls. It’s now time for the media to put a moratorium... read more | Read on Points...

Reality check: I blame the media.
danah boyd, Nov 09, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd asserts that the media must be held accountable in producing and disseminating information. We live in a world shaped by fear and hype, not because... read more | Read on Points...

Forget “Why?”, it’s time to get to work.
Anil Dash, Nov 09, 2016

D&S advisor Anil Dash calls for action after the 2016 election. But the work to be done in fighting Donald Trump is not unprecedented. All of us who are... read more | Read on Medium...

It’s the Data, Stupid (Again)
Micah L. Sifry, Nov 07, 2016

D&S advisor Micah Sifry discusses the effectiveness of  data-driven campaigns. This is the two-dimensional world that data-driven campaigning is optimized for. It gets results at the margins, and tomorrow... read more | Read on Civicist...

Algorithmic Accountability and Transparency in the Digital Economy
danah boyd, Nov 07, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd spoke at the Algorithmic Accountability and Transparency in the Digital Economy panel at the EU Parliament. read more | Watch on Livecasts...

Ethics review for pernicious feedback loops
Jacob Metcalf, Nov 07, 2016

D&S researcher Jacob Metcalf adds his perspective to the D&S Weapons of Math Destruction response. Algorithms not only model, they also create. For researchers grappling with the ethics of... read more | Read on Points...

New Item on the College Admission Checklist: LinkedIn Profile
Natasha Singer, Nov 05, 2016

D&S affiliate Natasha Singer profiles how high school students are encouraged to develop their social media personas for college admissions – particularly Linkedin. Now some social media experts are... read more | Read on NYT...

This Artist Uses Total Strangers’ DNA to Create Terrifying 3D Portraits
Gregory Burkart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Nov 02, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s work was recently profiled on Blumhouse. Undoubtedly the most shocking (but fascinating) of Dewey-Hagborg’s projects is “Stranger Visions,” which she launched in 2013 to much... read more | Read on Blumhouse...

The AT&T-Time Warner Merger Must Be Stopped
Susan Crawford, Nov 01, 2016

D&S advisor Susan Crawford discusses the possibility and implications of an AT&T and Time Warner Cable merger. The high-speed internet access market in America is entirely stuck on a... read more | Read on Backchannel...

This crazy election: Denial of Service attacks on Democracy
Ethan Zuckerman, Nov 01, 2016

The net result of this batshit crazy election cycle is a Distributed Denial of Service attack on democracy. Like a webserver brought to its figurative knees by an endless... read more | Read on Medium...

Sausage, politics, and data predictions?
Anne L. Washington, Oct 31, 2016

D&S fellow Anne L. Washington published a Points piece responding to Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction. Complex models with high stakes require rigorous periodic taste tests. Unfortunately most... read more | Read on Points...

Heather Dewey-Hagborg Questions DNA as Big Data
Joel Kuennen, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Oct 31, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s work was recently profiled in ArtSlant. At the same time, DNA extraction and sequencing has never been cheaper or easier. In light of this and... read more | Read on ArtSlant...

How a dead WWII-era philosopher understands Donald Trump better than anyone on CNN
Ingrid Burrington, Oct 28, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington provides an analysis comparing statements from Hannah Arendt’s writings to today’s election climate. Considered one of the most important works of political philosophy of its... read more | Read on Fusion...

Shining a light on the darkness
Mark Van Hollebeke, Oct 27, 2016

D&S practitioner-in-residence Mark Van Hollebeke discusses Weapons of Math Destruction in this Points piece. O’Neil’s analysis doesn’t just apply to mathematical models; it applies to societal models. Most of... read more | Read on Points...

The Internet: Saviour or Foe?
danah boyd, , Oct 27, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd was recently interviewed for 52 Insights. As she fires out her progressive opinions at rapid speed, what becomes immediately apparent is just how immensely passionate... read more | Read on 52 Insights...

What Last Week’s Internet Shut Down Really Means
Susan Crawford, Oct 26, 2016

D&S advisor Susan Crawford discusses the internet shutdown of October 21. Without the directional signs in place, suddenly huge numbers of sites couldn’t be found. Who knew the Internet... read more | Read on Backchannel...

On criminal justice and “Civilian Casualties”
Ravi Shroff, Oct 26, 2016

D&S fellow Ravi Shroff examines Cathy O’Neil’s analysis of criminal justice algorithms, like predictive policing. There are a few minor mischaracterizations and omissions in this chapter of Weapons of... read more | Read on Points...

Safety Checklists for Sociotechnical Design
Mark Ackerman, Oct 26, 2016

D&S fellow Mark Ackerman develops a checklist to address the sociotechnical issues demonstrated in Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction. These checklist items for socio-technical design are all important... read more | Read on Points...

Models in Practice
Angèle Christin, Oct 26, 2016

D&S affiliate Angèle Christin writes a response piece to Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction. One of the most striking findings of my research so far is that there... read more | Read on Points...

What do we want criminal justice technology to be?
Josh Scannell, Oct 25, 2016

D&S researcher Josh Scannell responds to Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology’s “The Perpetual Line-Up” study. Reports like “The Perpetual Line-Up” force a fundamental question: What do we want... read more | Read on Points...

The internet apocalypse map hides the major vulnerability that created it
Ingrid Burrington, Oct 24, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington analyzes the infrastructure factor of the Oct. 21 internet outage. The locations of internet exchanges tend to follow population hubs because the routes of internet... read more | Read on The Verge...

Code Newbie: Comedy and Code – Part I
Baratunde Thurston, Oct 24, 2016

D&S advisor Baratunde Thurston participates in this episode CodeNewbie podcast, Comedy and Code – Part I. read more | Listen on CodeNewbie...

Next Job for Obama? Silicon Valley Is Hiring
Michael D. Shear, Natasha Singer, Oct 24, 2016

D&S affiliate Natasha Singer with Michael D. Shear co-wrote this piece discussing President Obama’s legacy in technology and how he could continue to contribute in the future. read more | Read on NYT...

How to Socially Engineer Voluntary Integration
Claire Fontaine, Oct 20, 2016

D&S researcher Claire Fontaine looks at how school performance data can lead to segregation. In our technocratic society, we are predisposed toward privileging the quantitative. So, we need to... read more | Read on DML Central...

Relationships and Privacy in a World of Tinder and Twitter
Amanda Lenhart, Oct 20, 2016

D&S researcher Amanda Lenhart participates in the Relationships and Privacy in a World of Tinder and Twitter panel at Kids Online. read more | Watch on YouTube...

Social Good in the Sharing Economy: summit explores the values of our tech future
Caroline Jack, Oct 19, 2016

D&S post-doctoral scholar Caroline Jack attended the O’Reilly Next:Economy Summit and continues the conversation from the summit. In the next economy, the most important skills may be difficult to... read more | Read on Knight Foundation...

Discriminating Tastes: Customer Ratings as Vehicles for Bias
Alex Rosenblat, Karen Levy, Solon Barocas, Tim Hwang, Oct 19, 2016

D&S researchers Alex Rosenblat and Tim Hwang and D&S affiliates Solon Barocas and Karen Levy examine how bias may creep into evaluations of Uber drivers through consumer-sourced rating systems:... read more |

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Who does the hard work of bridging context and technical skills?
Zara Rahman, Oct 19, 2016

D&S fellow Zara Rahman introduces her upcoming research at Data & Society, where she will examine the work of translators in technology projects. Whatever it’s called, it’s also under-appreciated.... read more | Read on Points...

Best Practices for Conducting Risky Research and Protecting Yourself from Online Harassment
Alice E. Marwick, Lindsay Blackwell, Katherine Lo, Oct 18, 2016

Researchers who investigate sensitive topics may face online harassment, social shaming, or other networked forms of abuse. In addition to potential impacts on the researcher’s reputation and mental health,... read more |

Student Data & Mental Health: What the Blank Spots Say
Mikaela Pitcan, Oct 17, 2016

D&S research analyst Mikaela Pitcan discusses how missing data can impact how students with mental health conditions. The areas in which data are lacking communicate priorities. However, without concrete... read more | Read on Points...

Dumpsterfire 2016: What To Do When You Have No Idea What To Do
Ethan Zuckerman, Oct 17, 2016

D&S advisor Ethan Zuckerman responds to criticism for donating to the North Carolina GOP office’s reconstruction. It’s also possible that kindness is the single most important and powerful thing... read more | Read on Medium...

TechEquity Collaborative Ballot Info Night: Housing, Housing, Housing.
Catherine Bracy, Oct 17, 2016

D&S advisor Catherine Bracy recaps the Tech Equity Collaborative info session. read more | Read on Medium...

There is a blind spot in AI research
Kate Crawford, Ryan Calo, Oct 13, 2016

D&S affiliate Kate Crawford, with Ryan Calo, wrote this piece discussing risks in AI. Artificial intelligence presents a cultural shift as much as a technical one. This is similar... read more | Read on Nature...

US EEOC Public Meeting on Big Data in the Workplace
Ifeoma Ajunwa, Oct 13, 2016

D&S affiliate Ifeoma Ajunwa testified at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to discuss big data in the workplace. Good afternoon, Chair Yang and members of the Commission. First,... read more | Read on EEOC...

Regional Diversity in Autonomy and Work: A Case Study from Uber and Lyft Drivers
Alex Rosenblat, Tim Hwang, Oct 13, 2016

D&S researchers Alex Rosenblat and Tim Hwang explore “the significant role of worker motivations and regional political environments on the social and economic outcomes of automation” in this new... read more |

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The Surprising Backbone of the Internet of Things
Susan Crawford, Oct 12, 2016

D&S advisor Susan Crawford discusses how streetlights are becoming a part of the Internet of Things. But the third step was the charm: This past summer, Santa Monica adopted... read more | Read on Backchannel...

Breaking the Black Box: When Machines Learn by Experimenting on Us
Julia Angwin, Terry Parris Jr., Surya Mattu, Seongtaek Lim, Oct 12, 2016

D&S affiliate Surya Mattu, with Julia Angwin, Terry Parris Jr., and Seongtaek Lim, continue the Black Box series. Depending on what data they are trained on, machines can “learn” to... read more | Read on ProPublica...

Do Uber ratings let passengers discriminate against drivers?
Alex Rosenblat, Oct 12, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat expands on the work of “Discriminating Tastes: Customer Ratings as Vehicles for Bias if Uber ratings discriminate against drivers” in this New Scientist piece. The... read more | Read on New Scientist...

Automatically Processing Tweets from Gang-Involved Youth: Towards Detecting Loss and Aggression
Terra Blevins, Robert Kwiatkowski, Jamie C. Macbeth, Kathleen Mckeown, Desmond Patton, Owen Rambow, Oct 11, 2016

D&S affiliate Desmond Patton, with Terra Blevins, Robert Kwiatkowski, Jamie C. Macbeth, Kathleen Mckeown, and Owen Rambow, wrote this paper exploring a body of texts from a female gang... read more | Read on ResearchGate...

Teaching the Teachers: Digital Privacy and Data Literacy for Librarians
Bonnie Tijerina, Oct 11, 2016

D&S researcher Bonnie Tijerina discusses the development of a “hands-on professional training program on data and privacy literacy in hopes of showing how this knowledge can positively impact their... read more | Read more on UpNext Blog...

If you want to know why privacy matters, the play’s the thing
Mary Madden, Oct 11, 2016

D&S researcher Mary Madden reviews and adds her perspective to the play Privacy. As someone who has experienced the glaze of overwhelm in the eyes of my family and friends... read more | Read on Points...

The projects from these 3 Eyebeam fellows are all really interesting
Mimi Onuoha, Oct 11, 2016

D&S affiliate Mimi Onuoha’s art was featured at Eyebeam this week. Onuoha discusses her interest in missing data. I think we’re getting to a moment where people are starting... read more | Read on Technical.ly Brookyln

Facebook-backed school software shows promise — and raises privacy concerns
Monica Bulger, Oct 11, 2016

D&S researcher Monica Bulger was quoted in this Washington Post piece discussing edtech and how it might impact students’ privacy. Even as Basecamp and countless other tech-centered programs have... read more | Read on Washington Post...

I Guess That’s Why They Call It The High Road
Baratunde Thurston, Oct 10, 2016

D&S advisor Baratunde Thurston details his frustrations with Trump supporters. I want to live in the world where the second chances Donald Trump has received thousands of times are redistributed... read more | Read on Medium...

5 Tips for More Inclusive AI Research
Wilneida Negrón, Oct 09, 2016

D&S affiliate Wilneida Negrón writes five tips to allow for more inclusive AI research. Although, a step in the right direction, the Partnership on AI does highlight a certain... read more | Read on Medium...

Machine logic: our lives are ruled by big tech’s ‘decisions by data’
Kate Crawford, Oct 08, 2016

D&S affiliate Kate Crawford discusses the amount of power tech companies hold. Crawford says there are very practical reasons why tech companies have become so powerful. “We’re trying to... read more | Read on The Guardian...

Bangladesh Introduces ‘Smart’ National Identity Cards
Zara Rahman, Oct 07, 2016

D&S fellow Zara Rahman reports that the Bangladeshi government developed “smart” national ID cards. But with this much personal information being collected on every single citizen, especially personal data... read more | Read on Global Voices...

The Class Differential in Big Data and Privacy Vulnerability
Mary Madden, Michele Gilman, Karen Levy, Alice Marwick, Oct 06, 2016

Introduction: Low-income communities have historically been subject to a wide range of governmental monitoring and related privacy intrusions in daily life. The privacy harms poor communities and their residents suffer... read more | Under Review/Forthcoming

How do we reform tech?
Anil Dash, Oct 06, 2016

D&S advisor Anil Dash examines how to change the tech industry for good. Some of the most novel critiques about technology and Silicon Valley are coming from women and underrepresented... read more | Read on Medium...

Tracing the byzantine maze of the companies that have come to control America’s internet
Ingrid Burrington, Oct 05, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington details the infrastructure of the internet and who owns the physical pieces of this infrastructure. The miles of fiber-optic cable that connect the country to... read more | Read on Quartz...

A Brief History of City Charters
Anthony Townsend, Oct 04, 2016

D&S affiliate Anthony Townsend gives a history of city charters. It’s pretty clear that Smart Cities 1.0 was always going to take cities in a bad direction — and its why... read more | Read on Medium...

Exploring or Exploiting? Social and Ethical Implications of Autonomous Experimentation in AI
Sarah Bird, Solon Barocas, Kate Crawford, Fernando Diaz, Hanna Wallach, Oct 02, 2016

Sarah Bird, Fernando Diaz, Hanna Wallach, with D&S affiliates Solon Barocas and Kate Crawford, wrote this analysis about implications in autonomous experimentation in AI. In the field of computer... read more | Read on SSRN...

Can DNA tests help repair social ruptures from transatlantic slavery?
Alondra Nelson, Oct 02, 2016

D&S advisor Alondra Nelson was interviewed for PBS NewsHour about her book, “The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome.” That’s the critical piece, because... read more | Read on PBS...

US Government No Longer In Charge Of Global Internet Address Book
Ingrid Burrington, Oct 01, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington was quoted in this article discussing who owns the internet. “Ted Cruz is under the impression that we owned the Internet to begin with, and... read more | Read on CBS Local...

The Bizarre Second Life of the Utopian “Facebook Killer”
danah boyd, Sep 30, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd’s research was quoted in this Backchannel piece exploring Ello. Black and Latino teens, for example, are more likely than white teens to use pseudonyms on... read more | Read on Backchannel...

Learning how we make change
Anil Dash, Sep 30, 2016

D&S advisor Anil Dash discusses how to make change with tech. On Monday, I’ll be leading a conversation at the White House’s South by South Lawn festival. We’ll be... read more | Read on Medium...

Dr. Karen Levy, Assistant Professor of Information Science
Karen Levy, Sep 30, 2016

D&S affiliate Karen Levy is interviewed about her scholarly work. read more | Watch on YouTube...

Object-Oriented Feminism
Katherine Behar, Josh Scannell, Sep 29, 2016

D&S research R. Joshua Scannell contributes to Object-Oriented Feminism. read more | Read on Amazon...

An AI Pattern Language
Madeleine Clare Elish, Tim Hwang, Sep 29, 2016

D&S researchers Madeleine Clare Elish and Tim Hwang discuss the social challenges of AI in a new collection of essays, An AI Pattern Language. In A Pattern Language, the... read more | Read more...

Breaking the Black Box: What Facebook Knows About You
Julia Angwin, Terry Parris Jr., Surya Mattu, Sep 28, 2016

Julia Angwin, Terry Parris Jr., and D&S affiliate Surya Mattu explore what Facebook knows about its users. We built a tool that works with the Chrome Web browser that... read more | Read on ProPublica...

When the Openwashing is Over: Protecting the Right to Know
Zara Rahman, Sep 28, 2016

D&S fellow Zara Rahman explores the need for access to information and open data, i.e. the right to know. Given these growing threats, combined with our increased knowledge of government... read more | Read on The Engine Room...

To Make AI Less Biased, Give It a Worldview
Sorelle Friedler, Carlos Scheidegger, Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Sep 27, 2016

D&S affiliate Sorelle Friedler’s work with Carlos Scheidegger and Suresh Venkatasubramanian was explored in this piece by Motherboard Vice – Venkatasubramanian was further quoted discussing their work. “In a... read more | Read on Motherboard...

Who’s Converging on City Charter Reform?
Anthony Townsend, Sep 27, 2016

D&S affiliate Anthony Townsend writes about city charter reform. The civic tech gang for some reason — probably because it is their target and they are nibbling off what they think... read more | Read on Medium...

A Walking Tour of New York’s Massive Surveillance Network
Cora Currier, Ingrid Burrington, Sep 24, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington was interviewed for The Intercept about her book and took a walking tour with her interviewer, Cora Currier. I asked Burrington what she hoped people would... read more | Read on The Intercept...

Amazon Says It Puts Customers First. But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn’t.
Julia Angwin, Surya Mattu, Sep 20, 2016

D&S affiliate Surya Mattu with Julia Angwin examine how Amazon’s shopping algorithm directs customers to buy Amazon or Amazon-affiliated sellers’ merchandise, even if products from other sellers on the... read more | Read on ProPublica...

There was a bomb on my block.
danah boyd, Sep 20, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd critiques traditional media’s response to the September 17th bombings in NYC. Traditional news media has a lot of say in what it publishes. This is... read more | Read on Medium...

Supporting Ethics in Data Research
Emily Keller, Bonnie Tijerina, danah boyd, Sep 19, 2016

Background: University campuses provide an ecosystem of support to technical researchers, including computer scientists, as they navigate emerging issues of privacy, ethics, security, and consent in big data research.... read more | Download workshop materials

Supporting Ethical Data Research: An Exploratory Study of Emerging Issues in Big Data and Technical Research
danah boyd, Emily F. Keller, Bonnie Tijerina, Sep 19, 2016

In the era of big data, how do researchers ethically collect, analyze, and store data? danah boyd, Emily F. Keller, and Bonnie Tijerina explore this question and examine issues... read more |

Responsible Data in Agriculture
Lindsay Ferris, Zara Rahman, Sep 19, 2016

D&S fellow Zara Rahman with Lindsay Ferris wrote an analysis discussing how data is used in agriculture and conclude with how to use said data responsibly. The responsibility for... read more | Read on The Engine Room...

The Wisdom of the Captured
Alex Rosenblat, Tim Hwang, Sep 16, 2016

D&S researchers Alex Rosenblat and Tim Hwang analyze how widely captured data of technologies, which enable these technologies to make intelligent decisions, may negatively impact users. More broadly, how... read more |

Satellite Images Of Data Centers And Military Bases Become Lenticular Works Of Art
Ingrid Burrington, Sep 16, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington’s exhibition Reconnaissance was profiled in this piece by Fast Co.Create. DJ PANGBURN 09.16.16 2:30 PM To call a virtual globe the god’s-eye view implies a... read more | Read on Fast Co.Create...

Using DNA, dirt and feces, international artists merge science and art to answer life questions
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Sep 14, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s work in SELL/BIO was profiled in this piece by the University of Buffalo. SELL/BIO will investigate the transformation of human bodies into corporate profits, specifically,... read more | Read on University of Buffalo...

It’s More Than Just “Teach Kids to Code”
Anil Dash, Sep 14, 2016

Anil Dash analyzes how ‘teaching kids to code’ does not address the wider inequities that prevent diversity in tech. Many tech companies are still terrible at inclusion in their... read more | Read on AnilDash.com...

How Heather Dewey-Hagborg Is Highlighting Gender Disparities in Art and Technology
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Sep 13, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Heather Dewey-Hagborg was quoted in this piece discussing her protest of Ars Electronica Festival’s gender disparities. “As women in art and tech we are consistently under-recognized, under-funded,... read more | Read on artnet News...

Inside 311, the City’s ‘Front Door’ to Government
Noel Hidalgo, Sep 13, 2016

D&S affiliate Noel Hidalgo was quoted discussing the current model of NYC city government referring citizens to 311 for complaints. This is an imperfect model, according to Noel Hidalgo,... read more | Read on Gotham Gazette...

Apple rolling out coding app for youngsters
Natasha Singer, Sep 13, 2016

D&S affiliate Natasha Singer reports that Apple has developed a free coding app for middle-school students, yet it may not be as accessible as advertised. The Apple coding app... read more | Read on Boston Globe...

Why women are asking a major art and technology festival to #KissMyArs
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Sep 12, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Heather Dewey-Hagborg co-wrote a piece discussing the creation of #KissMyArs A painstaking review of the statistics confirmed that more than 90% of winners self-identified as male. Although... read more | Read on The Guardian...

Health and Big Data: An Ethical Framework for Health Information Collection by Corporate Wellness Programs
Ifeoma Ajunwa, Kate Crawford, Joel Ford, Sep 12, 2016

D&S affiliates Ifeoma Ajunwa and Kate Crawford, with Joel Ford, co-wrote this piece discussing how big data is used in wellness programs instituted by large corporations and how that... read more | Read on SSRN...

Artificial intelligence is hard to see
Kate Crawford, Meredith Whittaker, Sep 11, 2016

D&S affiliate Karen Crawford wrote a compelling piece, sparked by Facebook’s censorship of “The Terror of War” photograph, on the social impacts of artificial intelligence. The core issue here... read more | Read on Medium...

Eyeo 2016 – Wesley Grubbs, Kawandeep Virdee, Ingrid Burrington
Ingrid Burrington, Sep 08, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington speaks “on architecture, industry, alchemy, violence, and computation”. read more | View on Vimeo...

Mapping the Hidden Structures of New York City’s Internet Networks
Ingrid Burrington, Sep 08, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington’s new book Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure was profiled in this Atlas Obscura piece. “One of the things... read more | Read on Atlas Obscura...

Networks of New York: An Illustrated Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure
Ingrid Burrington, Sep 08, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington published a new book, Networks of New York: An Illustrated Guide to Urban Infrastructure, which is an iteration of Burrington’s published field guide. It’s the... read more | Read on MHP Books...

Advertising in Schools
Maxwell Foxman, Alexandra Mateescu, Monica Bulger, Sep 08, 2016

Debates over digital advertising in schools have inherited the frames through which older, pre-digital forms of advertising have been conceptualized, and have also been characterized as departing from them... read more |

What role do “power learners” play in online learning communities?
Monica Bulger, Sep 07, 2016

D&S researcher Monica Bulger analyzes how ‘power learners’ utilize and contribute to online learning communities with researchers Cristobal Cabo, Jonathan Bright, and Ryan den Rooljen. We propose two fundamental... read more | Read on SSRN...

Devices, Data, Waste
Emily Keller, Sep 06, 2016

D&S project coordinator Emily Keller discusses the need to address environmental responsibility in device ownership, creation, and discarding. Achieving maximum efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy to... read more | Read on Points...

Who controls the internet? Ted Cruz’s fantasy vs. the reality
Ingrid Burrington, Sep 06, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington wrote a detailed analysis on ‘Who Controls the Internet” and weighs concerns from different stakeholders. To be clear: ICANN has about as much control over... read more | Read on Fusion...

Human rights data used the wrong way can be misleading
Mark Latonero, Sep 01, 2016

D&S researcher Mark Latonero’s primer, ‘Data, Human Rights, and Human Security’, was mentioned in this analysis of how human rights indicators are constructed and utilized in development. read more | Read on openDemocracy...

Data & Society Report on Activities, 2015-2016
Data & Society, Sep 01, 2016

Data & Society’s second year, 2015–16, has been one of steady growth. We welcomed a fabulous new class of fellows, further developed our in-house research team, expanded our groups... read more |

Meaning and Persuasion: The Personal Computer and Economic Education
Caroline Jack, Sep 01, 2016

D&S post-doctoral scholar Caroline Jack analyzes the history of how businesses donated personal computers to classrooms as a way to engage students. In late 1982, the corporate-funded business education... read more | Read on Computer.Org

Feminist Tech Tools
Zara Rahman, Aug 31, 2016

D&S fellow Zara Rahman wrote a piece on GenderIt discussing what it means for the internet to become feminist. A feminist internet can mean many things, it means that... read more | Read on GenderIt...

What Customer Data Collection Could Mean for Workers
Solon Barocas, Karen Levy, Aug 31, 2016

D&S affiliate Solon Barocas and D&S fellow Karen Levy examine a concept called refractive surveillance, which is when surveillance of one group impacts another. Debates about consumer privacy have... read more | Read on HBR...

Civil Rights and Tech Advocates Sound Alarm on Racial Bias in ‘Predictive Policing’
Data & Society, Aug 31, 2016

Data & Society, with 16 other organizations, signed “a sweeping rebuke to the use and misuse of predictive policing products by police departments as the technology and policy firm... read more | Read on civilrights.org...

Parent Choice: Using Data to Justify Decisions that Perpetuate Segregation?
Claire Fontaine, Aug 29, 2016

D&S researcher Claire Fontaine writes a compelling piece analyzing whether or not school performance data reinforces segregation. Data is great at masking its own embedded bias, and school performance... read more | Read on DML Central...

Legal question: How do you cross-examine a computer?
Rebecca Wexler, Aug 29, 2016

D&S resident Rebecca Wexler was interviewed for a piece discussing why the source code of TrueAllele, a probabilistic DNA program, is necessary to provide due process for a defendant.... read more | Read on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...

Broken Windows, Broken Code
R. Joshua Scannell, Aug 29, 2016

D&S researcher Josh Scannell wrote an extensive analysis of predictive policing algorithms, showing that, while they were not built to be racist, they mirror a racist system. Northpointe’s algorithms... read more | Read on Real Life Mag...

New Field Guide Explains NYC’s Weird Antennae, Wiring and Some of Its Cameras
Ingrid Burrington, Aug 28, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington’s new book Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet was profiled in this piece by The Observer. Fifteenth Street used to... read more | Read on The Observer...

Disentangling the real and potential risks of advertising in schools
Alexandra Mateescu, Aug 25, 2016

In “Disentangling the real and potential risks of advertising in schools” D&S research analyst Alexandra Mateescu teases apart the difference between real and hypothetical risks of advertising in schools.... read more | Read on Medium...

How can educational researchers better communicate the value of our work to the people we study?
Monica Bulger, Aug 25, 2016

D&S researcher Monica Bulger discusses her participation in a meeting of experts held by the National Academy of Education. She concludes with a series of observations, including: The main... read more | Read on Medium...

Class or Race: The Factor that Matters More for Equity
Mikaela Pitcan, Aug 24, 2016

In “Class or Race: The Factor that Matters More for Equity,” D&S research analyst Mikaela Pitcan tackles the question of whether racial or class diversity should be considered the... read more | Read on Medium...

There is no “technology industry”
Anil Dash, Aug 19, 2016

D&S advisor Anil Dash calls for more specific categorization of tech companies. This also contributes to spreading tech’s well-known shortcomings around inclusion and diversity into new fields. Today, companies... read more | Read on AnilDash.com...

Eyeo 2016 – Panel: Tech-Driven Activism – Caroline Sinders, Kevin Connor, Mimi Onuoha
Mimi Onuoha, Aug 18, 2016

D&S fellow Mimi Onuoha participates in the ‘Tech-Driven Activism’ panel at Eyeo 2016. Tech-Driven Activism – How can code-based practices contribute to effective activism? How can activist approaches allow... read more | View on Vimeo...

When Media Companies Insist They’re Not Media Companies and Why It Matters for Communications Policy
Philip M. Napoli, Robyn Caplan, Aug 15, 2016

D&S researcher Robyn Caplan co-wrote a paper analyzing how many large well-known companies, such as Buzzfeed and Facebook, argue against being categorized as media companies. However, Caplan and co-writer... read more | Read on SSRN...

Undoing the neutrality of big data
danah boyd, Aug 10, 2016

The mythology surrounding “big data” rests on the notion that technical systems can increase efficiency and decrease bias. Such “neutral” systems are supposedly good for implementing legal logic because,... read more | Read on Florida Law Review...

The lost infrastructure of social media
Anil Dash, Aug 10, 2016

Anil Dash wrote a piece describing the evolution of blogs. He compares past and current capabilities of features, such as searches, comments, and following. He concludes with: Ultimately, though,... read more | Read at Medium

How Can Wage Theft Emerge in App-Mediated Work?
Alex Rosenblat, Aug 10, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat wrote a blog post discussing how Uber can implement wage withholding policies without driver input or negotiation. This set up essentially provides negative disincentives to... read more | Read on The Ride Share Guy

Your Activities of Daily Living (YADL): An Image-based Survey Technique for Patients with Arthritis
Diana Freed, Aug 10, 2016

D&S fellow Diana Freed co-authored a health technology piece that introduces an approach called YADL (Your Activities of Daily Living), which ‘uses images of ADLs and personalization to improve... read more | Read on Cornell University Library...

Facebook Helps Develop Software That Puts Students in Charge of Their Lesson Plans
Natasha Singer, Aug 09, 2016

D&S fellow Natasha Singer co-wrote a piece discussing Facebook’s new partnership with Summit Public Schools to ‘introduce a free student-directed learning system’. The Facebook-Summit partnership, by contrast, is more... read more | Read on NYT...

Does School Performance Data Reinforce Segregation?
Claire Fontaine, Aug 09, 2016

D&S researcher Claire Fontaine writes about data is speeding up school segregation. Data is great at masking its own embedded bias, and school performance data allows privileged parents to reinforce... read more | Read on Medium...

The Myth of Accountability: How Data (Mis)Use is Reinforcing the Problems of Public Education
Claire Fontaine, Aug 08, 2016

In this primer, D&S researcher Claire Fontaine examines the construct of accountability as it functions in discussions around education reform in the American public education system. The paper considers the... read more |

“I Am #Transformed”
Anil Dash, Aug 05, 2016

Anil Dash provided background details to his spoken tribute to Prince at the EyeO Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This talk was designed as a one-time tribute to Prince’s artistry,... read more | Read on Medium...

Alternative Compliance
Nick Grossman, Aug 04, 2016

D&S advisor Nick Grossman wrote a detailed piece discussing how small businesses can utilize data and available connectivity. Critical to that goal is the mindset that data is an... read more | Read on Nick Grossman's Blog...

Uber Drivers Under Algorithmic Management: Study
Alex Rosenblat, Aug 02, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this Information Week analyzing Uber’s algorithmic management model. “Overall, the risk and costs are redistributed to drivers, through a combination of communications... read more | Read at Information Week

The Limits of Net Neutrality
Susan Crawford, Aug 01, 2016

D&S advisor Susan Crawford discussed the limitations of how net neutrality can protect consumers. Crawford details other methods that providers can and have exploit loopholes. Look, I am just... read more | Read on Backchannel...

Algorithmic Labor and Information Asymmetries: A Case Study of Uber’s Drivers
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 31, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark published a case study of Uber drivers and highlight the information and power asymmetries produced by the Uber application. Abstract is below.... read more | Read on IJoC...

Episode #8 – Karen Levy on the Rise of Intimate Surveillance
Karen Levy, Jul 28, 2016

D&S fellow Karen Levy was interviewed for Philosophical Disquistions about intimate surveillance. read more | Listen on Philosophical Diquisitions...

Smart City Maturity: Charting A Course Towards Municipal Charter Reform (Part 2)
Anthony Townsend, Jul 28, 2016

D&S affiliate Anthony Townsend writes about his research in data and city charters. Now, there’s a number of organizations that are working hard on pushing cities up this maturity... read more | Read on Medium...

How Uber punishes drivers who refuse to use UberPool
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 28, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this CNN piece describing an Uber tactic called timeouts meant to discourage drivers from turning down rides. The timeouts have also reignited... read more | Read on CNN...

Data & Society to help foster public understanding of the effects of data-driven technologies with $250,000 from Knight Foundation
Data & Society, Jul 27, 2016

NEW YORK – July 27, 2016 – Data & Society, a research institute focused on the social and cultural issues arising from data-driven technology, will promote greater understanding of... read more | Read at Knight Foundation

Personalized Learning: The Conversations We’re Not Having
Monica Bulger, Jul 26, 2016

In this primer, D&S researcher Monica Bulger defines the boundaries of “personalized learning,” explores the needs that various personalized learning systems aim to meet, and highlights the tensions between... read more |

Hiding Internet Infrastructure Doesn’t Really Keep It Safe
Ingrid Burrington, Jul 26, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington speculates whether or not possible threats to internet infrastructure are in fact threats. To take out some of the major chokepoints of the internet wouldn’t... read more | Read on Motherboard...

Why Social Science Risks Irrelevance
danah boyd, Jul 24, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd wrote a critical piece entitled ‘Why Social Science Risks Irrelevance’ questioning whether social science as an academic field is headed in the right direction. When... read more | Read on the Chronicle of Higher Education...

Trust & Safety Uber + Lyft
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 22, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat discusses safety and surveillance of Uber and Lyft drivers in Medium. From neighborhood discrimination to threats of violence, drivers describe safety issues while disclosing how... read more | Read on Medium...

Is Your Uber/Lyft Driver in Stealth Mode?
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 19, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat writes more of her field notes. There are lots of reasons drivers might opt to disguise or promote their work as ridehail drivers. To help... read more | Read on Medium...

Big Data Analytics and Revision of the Common Rule
Jacob Metcalf, Jul 15, 2016

D&S researcher Jacob Metcalf writes “Big Data Analytics and Revision of the Common Rule”. Abstract is below: “Big data” is a major technical advance in terms of computing expense,... read more | Read on ACM...

New York-Style Tech
Anil Dash, Jul 15, 2016

D&S advisor Anil Dash details what the New York City tech community has done right. Put simply: New York City is unique in that its tech community is grounded... read more | Read on Medium...

An Informatics Theory of Municipal Reform? Where are the City Charters for the Age of Big Data
Anthony Townsend, Jul 15, 2016

D&S affiliate Anthony Townsend writes more on city charters and big data. The point is… what we now think of as ‘hidebound obsolete bureaucracy’ was no so long ago... read more | Read on Medium...

78 | Mimi Onuoha on Visualizing People’s Lives through Mobile Data
Mimi Onuoha, Jul 14, 2016

D&S fellow Mimi Onuoha is interviewed about design processes and current projects. read more | Listen on Data Stories...

Student Data Privacy: An Overview
Mikaela Pitcan, Jul 13, 2016

D&S research analyst Mikaela Pitcan wrote a brief overview discussing student data privacy. Student data privacy conversations center on concerns regarding the safeguarding of data collected in educational settings.... read more | Read on Medium...

Pokémon GO Lets Young People Socialize With Each Other
danah boyd, Jul 13, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd defends young people’s usage of Pokémon Go. Today’s youth aren’t lazy. They want to socialize and they want to interact. They are just given too... read more | Read on NYT...

Algorithmically recognizable: Santorum’s Google problem, and Google’s Santorum problem
Tarleton Gillespie, Jul 12, 2016

D&S advisor Tarleton Gillespie writes “Algorithmically recognizable: Santorum’s Google problem, and Google’s Santorum problem”. Abstract is below: Because information algorithms make judgments that can have powerful consequences, those interested in... read more | Read on T&F online...

Who are the Uber & Lyft drivers?
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 12, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat wrote this piece narrating her many interviews with Uber drivers around the country. In this article, Rosenblat highlights many aspects of Uber drivers’ work and... read more | Read on Medium...

Why We Must Continue to Turn the Camera on Police
Ethan Zuckerman, Jul 11, 2016

D&S advisor Ethan Zuckerman defends usage of video recording of police officers. If video doesn’t lead to the indictment of officers who shoot civilians, are we wrong to expect... read more | Read on MIT Technology Review...

The inspiring way hundreds of Asian Americans are teaching their families about Black Lives Matter
Christina Xu, Jul 08, 2016

D&S advisor Christina Xu discussed the creation of an open Google document devised to help Asian Americans discuss why Black Lives Matter is important to relatives. “When people were... read more | Read on Washington Post...

Asian Americans are crowdsourcing a letter to explain Black Lives Matter to their families
Christina Xu, Jul 08, 2016

D&S advisor Christina Xu was quoted about her initiation of an open Google Document made by and for Asian Americans to explain why they support Black Lives Matter to... read more | Read on The Next Web...

ZHUANG B — (v.) to be a poser
Christina Xu, Jul 06, 2016

D&S affiliate Christina Xu details some of her field research. read more | Read on Medium...

Fort Greene comedian delivers Independence Day talk on slavery
Baratunde Thurston, Jul 06, 2016

D&S advisor Baratunde Thurston performed Frederick Douglass’ speech ‘What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?’ on Independence Day. “I though it was tremendous,” said Thurston. “I’m not... read more | Read on Brooklyn Paper...

Google Is Transforming NYC’s Payphones Into a ‘Personalized Propaganda Engine’
Surya Mattu, Jul 06, 2016

D&S fellow Surya Mattu was quoted in this piece by The Village Voice analyzing New York City’s LinkNYC kiosk and how it may collect user data. “From a user... read more | Read on the Village Voice...

Men can test their sperm count at home with new device Trak
Karen Levy, Jul 05, 2016

D&S fellow Karen Levy was quoted in this piece detailing the implications of fertility tracking devices. “Scoring and quantifying aspects of sexual health has the potential to be empowering,... read more | Read on The Guardian...

Facebook, a News Giant That Would Rather Show Us Baby Pictures
Robyn Caplan, Jun 29, 2016

D&S research analyst Robyn Caplan was quoted in this NYT piece examining Facebook’s role in the news industry. “This is a funny kind of transparency,” said Robyn Caplan, an... read more | Read at NYT

We’re Obsessed With Our Credit Scores
Martha Poon, Jun 29, 2016

D&S fellow Martha Poon was quoted in this Slate piece discussing credit scores. Two decades ago, barely anyone outside the lending industry had even heard of a credit score.... read more | Read at Slate...

The future of designing autonomous systems will involve ethnographers
Madeleine Clare Elish, Jun 28, 2016

D&S researcher Madeleine Clare Elish asserts ethnography and anthropology’s role in studying automation and intelligent systems. Cultural perceptions of the role of humans in automated and robotic systems need... read more | Read on Ethnography Matters...

Campus Support Systems for Technical Researchers Navigating Big Data Ethics
Bonnie Tijerina, Jun 27, 2016

D&S researcher Bonnie Tijerina offers an overview of the work undertaken by the Supporting Ethics in Data Research project. Complex data sets raise challenging ethical questions about risk to... read more | Read at EDUCAUSE

The FBI wants to be exempt from privacy protections. We need to safeguard civil rights.
Robyn Caplan, Jun 21, 2016

The FBI recently announced its plan to request that their massive biometrics database, called the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, be exempted from basic requirements under the Privacy Act.... read more | Read on Points...

How Facebook could rig the election
Robyn Caplan, Bonnie Tijerina, Jun 20, 2016

D&S researchers Robyn Caplan and Bonnie Tijerina were quoted in this Thrillist piece discussing Facebook’s capability in influencing elections. “There’s a lack of training to really question ‘what are... read more | Read at Thrillist

Letting autopilot off the hook
Madeleine Clare Elish, Jun 16, 2016

D&S researcher Madeleine Clare Elish discusses the complexities of error in automated systems. Elish argues that the human role in automated systems has become ‘the weak link, rather than... read more | Read on Slate

Be Careful What You Code For
danah boyd, Jun 15, 2016

Code is key to civic life, but we need to start looking under the hood and thinking about the externalities of our coding practices, especially as we’re building code... read more | Read on Points...

Questions about Google autocompl
Robyn Caplan, Jun 14, 2016

What the journalists from SourceFed may have stumbled upon was not an instance in which search results were intentionally being manipulated in favor of a candidate, but how algorithms... read more | Read on Points...

Real Life Harms of Student Data: Moving Beyond the Hypothetical
Mikaela Pitcan, Jun 13, 2016

In this Points piece “Real Life Harms of Student Data,” D&S researcher Mikaela Pitcan argues that assessing real harms connected with student data forces us to acknowledge the mundane, human... read more | Read on Points...

Corporate Capitalism and the Growing Power of Big Data: Review Essay
Martha Poon, Jun 01, 2016

D&S fellow and technical writer Martha Poon responds to Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier’s Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, challenging their premise... read more | Read at Science, Technology, & Human Values

Uber’s Drive-By Politics
Alex Rosenblat, May 27, 2016

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat takes a look at the fallout after the Uber’s recent political showdown with the Austin City Council and explores several ways in which the interests... read more | Read on Motherboard...

Assessing Changes in Attitudes, Awareness, and Behavior in Indonesian Youths
Mark Latonero, Sheila Murphy, Patricia Riley, Prawit Thainiyom, May 25, 2016

D&S Fellow Mark Latonero produced a working paper presenting research done in collaboration with Sheila Murphy, Patricia Riley, and Prawit Thainiyom at the University of Southern California under USAID’s C-TIP... read more | Download the full paper from the Institute for International Education...

Perspectives on Big Data, Ethics, and Society
Jacob Metcalf, Emily F. Keller, danah boyd, May 23, 2016

The Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society has released a comprehensive white paper consolidating conversations and ideas from two years of meetings and discussions: Today’s release marks a... read more |

Machine Bias: Risk Assessments in Criminal Sentencing
Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu, Lauren Kirchner, ProPublica, May 23, 2016

D&S fellow Surya Mattu investigated bias in risk assessments, algorithmically generated scores predicting the likelihood of a person committing a future crime. These scores are increasingly used in courtrooms across America... read more | Read on ProPublica...

An App to Save Syria’s Lost Generation?
Mark Latonero, May 23, 2016

D&S fellow Mark Latonero considers recent attempts by policymakers, big tech companies, and advocates to address the deepening refugee and migrant crisis and, in particular, the educational needs of... read more | Read at Foreign Affairs

The Facebook “trending” controversy is really about the perception of objectivity, argue commentators.
danah boyd, May 19, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd was quoted in this piece on Medium that analyzes Facebook’s trending news list. The second, more interesting complaint, as Stanley puts it, isn’t about legal... read more | Read at Medium

Uber & Lyft: What Happens in Austin Doesn’t Stay in Austin
Alex Rosenblat, May 18, 2016

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat on the fallout of the Austin Transportation’s showdown with Uber and Lyft: Uber allied with Lyft in Austin to lobby against an ordinance passed by... read more | Read on Medium...

Like it or Not, Facebook Is Now a Media Company
Robyn Caplan, May 17, 2016

D&S Researcher Robyn Caplan considers whether Facebook is saving journalism or ruining it: The question of whether Facebook is saving or ruining journalism is not relevant here because, like... read more | Read on The New York Times...

Where are Human Subjects in Big Data Research? The Emerging Ethics Divide
Jake Metcalf, Kate Crawford, May 14, 2016

D&S Researcher Jake Metcalf and D&S Affiliate Kate Crawford examine the growing discontinuities between research practices of data science and established tools of research ethics regulation. Abstract: There are... read more | Read at Big Data and Society

When Websites Won’t Take No for an Answer
Natasha Singer, May 14, 2016

D&S Fellow Natasha Singer looks into exploitative interactive website design techniques known as “dark patterns”. Persuasive design is a longstanding practice, not just in marketing but in health care... read more | Read on The New York Times...

Facebook Must Be Accountable to the Public
danah boyd, May 13, 2016

This issue goes far beyond the Trending box in the corner of your Facebook profile, and this latest wave of concerns is only the tip of the iceberg around... read more | Read on Points...

Mediation, Automation, Power
Robyn Caplan, danah boyd, May 13, 2016

Who controls - and who should control - the public sphere in an era of algorithms? read more |

Who Controls the Public Sphere in an Era of Algorithms? Questions and Assumptions
Laura Reed, danah boyd, May 13, 2016

In this background primer, D&S Research Analyst Laura Reed and D&S Founder danah boyd situate the current debate around the role of technology in the public sphere within a... read more |

Who Controls the Public Sphere in an Era of Algorithms: Case Studies
Laura Reed, Robyn Caplan, May 13, 2016

A collection of case studies that explores how algorithmic media is shaping the public sphere across a variety of dimensions, including the changing role of the journalism industry, the... read more |

Facebook’s Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching
Robyn Caplan, May 11, 2016

D&S research analyst Robyn Caplan was quoted in this NYT piece criticizing Facebook’s approach to curating trending news. “Algorithms equal editors,” said Robyn Caplan, a research analyst at Data... read more | Read on NYT...

Facebook’s Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching
Robyn Caplan, May 11, 2016

D&S researcher Robyn Caplan is quoted in The New York Times article Facebook’s Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching. “Algorithms equal editors,” said Robyn Caplan, a research analyst at... read more | Read at The New York Times

Dreams of Accountability, Guaranteed Surveillance: The Promises and Costs of Body-Worn Cameras
Alexandra Mateescu, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, May 10, 2016

Researchers Alexandra Mateescu and Alex Rosenblat published a paper with D&S Founder danah boyd examine police-worn body cameras and their potential to provide avenues for police accountability and foster... read more | Read at Surveillance & Society

No More Magic Algorithms: Cultural Policy in an Era of Discoverability
Fenwick McKelvey, May 10, 2016

Could policies exist to guide what algorithms find relevant? Algorithms depend on data to make recommendations. Could certain cultural metadata be embedded to ensure Canadian content has other pathways... read more | Read on Points...

Student Data Privacy: Going Beyond Compliance
Elana Zeide, May 09, 2016

In a piece written for the National Association of State Boards of Education journal, The State Education Standard, D&S affiliate Elana Zeide writes about student data privacy and the... read more | Read at The State Education Standard

De Blasio pushes online engagement in new Digital Playbook
Noel Hidalgo, May 09, 2016

D&S Fellow Noel Hidalgo was quoted in this Politico piece discussing the DeBlasio administration’s launch of the NYC Digital Services Playbook. “With the launch of the NYC Digital Services... read more | Read at Politico

Facebook Trending: It’s made of people!! (but we should have already known that)
Tarleton Gillespie, May 09, 2016

D&S Advisor Tarleton Gillespie responds to Gizmodo’s recent piece alleging bias in Facebook’s Trending Topics list. He argues that information algorithms like the ones used to identify “trends” on... read more | Read on Culture Digitally...

Machine-learning-assisted materials discovery using failed experiments
Sorelle A. Friedler, Paul Raccuglia, Katherine C. Elbert, Philip D.F. Adler, Casey Falk, Malia B. Wenny, Aurelio Mollo, Matthias Zeller, May 05, 2016

D&S fellow Sorelle Friedler’s latest research appears in Nature. She and her team document their creation of a machine-learning algorithm that accurately predicts new ways to make crystals.  The team... read more | Read at Nature

Computer gleans chemical insight from lab notebook failures
Sorelle Friedler, May 04, 2016

D&S Fellow Sorelle Friedler’s work in developing an algorithm to map out failed chemical reactions was discussed in this piece in Nature. The Haverford team of materials scientists, co-led... read more | Read at Nature

Zuckerberg and Chan Hire Education Leader to Run Philanthropic Effort
Natasha Singer, May 04, 2016

D&S Fellow Natasha Singer reports on Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, and Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician who is his wife, and their recent hire of James... read more | Read on The New York Times...

Duet Ex Machina
Karen Levy, May 02, 2016

D&S fellow Karen Levy discusses her research with truckers, how they work with heightened surveillance, and how they protest surveillance methods in this Psychology Today article None of this... read more | Read at Psychology Today

Uber’s Aha! moment: tipping, like racial bias, is bad.
Alex Rosenblat, Apr 29, 2016

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat examines and problematizes Uber’s stance against tipping and the resulting effects on Uber drivers. read more | Read on Medium...

How Uber conquered London
Alex Rosenblat, Apr 27, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this piece by the Guardian discussing Uber’s influence in London. According to Rosenblat, there is very little about Uber which is light-touch,... read more | Read at The Guardian

Facebook Isn’t the Social Network Anymore
danah boyd, Apr 24, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd’s work was referred to in this Slate article discussing the future relevancy of Facebook. Facebook has seen a decline in “original sharing”—posts by people about... read more | Read at Slate

How Uber’s big settlement may make things worse for its drivers
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Apr 22, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s article for the Harvard Business Review was cited in the LA Times in its discussion of Uber’s workforce. The settlement still leaves Uber... read more | Read at LA Times

Researchers struggle with the ethical dilemma of using hacked data
Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society, Apr 21, 2016

Dr. Roei Davidson and Dr. Nathaniel Poor of the Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society discuss the ethics of utilizing data from a hacked database, even if the data... read more | Read at Daily Dot

Amazon doesn’t consider the race of its customers. Should it?
Sorelle Friedler, Apr 21, 2016

D&S Fellow Sorelle Friedler was quoted in this piece in Bloomberg discussing Amazon’s choice to provide same-day services to some neighborhoods, but not to others. “As soon as you... read more | Read at Bloomberg

Facebook is worried about users sharing less – but it only has itself to blame
danah boyd, Apr 19, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd’s discussion of collapsed contexts was cited in the Guardian in Anna Lauren Hoffmann’s piece on how users are sharing less data on Facebook. “danah boyd... read more | Read at The Guardian

A Toxic Web: What the Victorians Can Teach Us about online abuse
Amanda Lenhart, Apr 18, 2016

D&S Researcher Amanda Lenhart’s was interviewed in this piece by the Guardian that ties online harassment to social campaigns in the Victorian era to govern safe food. “Media coverage... read more | Read at The Guardian

Does social media make gangs more violent?
Desmond Patton, Apr 13, 2016

D&S Affiliate Desmond Patton was interviewed in Fusion’s article about online gang violence. “People compared online gang violence to cyberbullying, but it felt different,” told . “If [a... read more | Read at The Fusion

Unfit Bits: How to hack your fitness data
Surya Mattu, Apr 08, 2016

D&S Fellow Surya Mattu’s collaboration with artist Tega Brain, Unfit Bits, was discussed in this piece by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). “For one, it seems that privacy is... read more | Read at Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

With Algorithmic Accountability, Different Remedies Bear Different Costs for Consumers
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Apr 08, 2016

D&S Affiliate Seeta Peña Gangadharan discusses how automated systems have transformed the ways in which our data is processed, analyzed, and used by companies that are not held to account... read more | LSE Media Policy Project Blog

Can Bitcoin Be Used For Good?
Chelsea Barabas, Ethan Zuckerman, Apr 07, 2016

D&S Advisor Ethan Zuckerman pushes back against a new myth developing around Bitcoin as a ready-made solution to complex humanitarian and international development problems around the globe: Is Bitcoin... read more | Read on The Atlantic

The Truth About How Uber’s App Manages Drivers
Alex Rosenblat, Apr 06, 2016

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat examines how Uber’s app design and deployment redistributes management functions to semiautomated and algorithmic systems, as well as to consumer ratings systems, creating ambiguity around... read more | Harvard Business Review

Where Do We Find Ethics?
danah boyd, Apr 05, 2016

Over the last two years, Data & Society has been convening a Council on Big Data, Ethics, and Society where we’ve had intense discussions about how to situate ethics... read more | Read on Points...

Accountable Algorithms: Reflections
Joshua A. Kroll, Joanna Huey, Solon Barocas, Edward W. Felten, Joel R. Reidenberg, David G. Robinson, and Harlan Yu, Apr 05, 2016

Reflections from D&S Affiliate Solon Barocas and Advisors Edward W. Felten and Joel Reidenberg on the recent “Unlocking the Black Box” Conference held on April 2 at Yale Law School: Our work on... read more | Read at Balkinization Blog

The Quantified Self
Gina Neff, Dawn Nafus, Apr 04, 2016

D&S advisor Dr. Gina Neff and Dawn Nafus explore the social and cultural effects of the pervasive practice of turning everyday experiences into data and offer insights into how... read more | Purchase at MIT Press

Case Study: “It Was A Matter of Life and Death”: A YouTube Engineer’s Decision to Alter Data in the ‘It Gets Better Project’
Laurie Honda, Apr 04, 2016

In this case study, a YouTube engineer contemplates whether to subvert engineering best practices to bypass storage capacity limits on videos created for the It Gets Better Project, which... read more |

Uber: Algorithmic Price-Fixing
Alex Rosenblat, Apr 01, 2016

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat unpacks the implications of Uber’s power to unilaterally set and change the rates passengers pay, the rates that drivers are paid, and the commission Uber... read more | Read on Medium

Student Data & Equity News Round-Up
Mikaela Pitkan, Mar 30, 2016

D&S Research Analyst Mikeala Pitcan gives us a round-up of news events from January through March 2016 addressing data and equity in schools with a focus on efforts to... read more | Read on Medium

Uber’s ‘Partner-Bosses’
Alex Rosenblat, Mar 30, 2016

In this blog post for London School of Economics Research Sociology blog, D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat reprises her Medium series on Uber driver-partners. For a more thorough discussion of the... read more | Read at Researching Sociology @ LSE

Packet Sniffing in the Subway
Ingrid Burrington, Mar 28, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington’s internet infrastructure field guide was linked to in this Medium piece discussing Wi-Fi service in New York City’s subways. These relationships—which represent hundreds of millions... read more | Read at Medium

The Hacker Way Forward: How Facebook Can Fix ‘Free Basics’ in Two Simple Moves
Andrew McLaughlin, Mar 27, 2016

D&S Advisor Andrew McGlaughlin reflects on Facebook’s approach to implementing their Free Basics program: In opening a door to the Internet, Facebook doesn’t need to be a gatekeeper The... read more | Read at Medium...

Architectural History of Computing Workshop
Ingrid Burrington, Mar 26, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington was profiled in this piece by James Acklin, who participated in her workshop on the Architectural History of Computation. ENIAC was designed to calculate artillery... read more | Read at James Acklin

Protecting Employees’ Health Data
Ifeoma Ajunwa, Kate Crawford, Jason Schultz , Mar 26, 2016

D&S affiliates Ifeoma Ajunwa and Kate Crawford with Jason Schultz had their work, Limitless Worker Surveillance, linked to in this New York Times article discussing health data and privacy.... read more | Read at NYT

Making the Internet Material
Ingrid Burrington, Mar 25, 2016

Brian Standing interviews D&S Researcher Ingrid Burrington about the material impacts and labor of a seemingly immaterial network. read more | Listen at ORT Ninety Nine. Nine FM

When open data is a Trojan Horse: The weaponization of transparency in science and governance
Karen Levy, Dave Johns, Mar 25, 2016

In this Big Data & Society commentary, Karen Levy and Dave Johns suggest that “legislative efforts that invoke the language of data transparency can sometimes function as ‘Trojan Horses’... read more | Read in Big Data & Society

The Sharing Economy’s Dirty Laundry
Alex Rosenblat, Mar 23, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in the sharing economy was discussed in Jacobin Magazine. “For example, Uber has successfully created the impression that their surge-pricing policies... read more | Read at Jacobin Magazine

‘Fitbit for your period’: the rise of fertility tracking
Karen Levy, Mar 23, 2016

D&S fellow Karen Levy discusses apps that monitor fertility in this piece by the Guardian. “People trying to get pregnant are a very marketable segment,” Karen Levy, a professor... read more | Read on The Guardian...

19 Times Data Analysis Empowered Students and Schools
Elana Zeide, Mar 22, 2016

D&S Affiliate Elana Zeide’s Future of Privacy Forum paper identifies 19 studies where data was successfully used to evaluate a program, create a new strategy, or delve into equity... read more | Read on Future of Privacy Forum

AlphaGo and AI Fears
Madeleine Clare Elish, Mar 22, 2016

D&S fellow Madeleine Clare Elish was quoted in a Future of Life Institute piece discussing public fear of AI. “When the media focuses on AI in this way, it... read more | Read at Future of Life

The Inherent Bias of Facial Recognition
Sorelle Friedler, Mar 21, 2016

D&S fellow Sorelle Friedler was quoted in Vice’s online magazine, Motherboard, in an article discussing how biased decision-making can impact facial recognition systems. “It’s one of those things where... read more | Read at Vice

Moral Crumple Zones: Cautionary Tales In Human-Robot Interaction
Madeleine Clare Elish, Mar 20, 2016

In this Working Paper from We Robot 2016, D&S Researcher Madeleine Elish employs the concept of “moral crumple zones” within human-machine systems as a lens through which to think about... read more | Download from SSRN

Does data-driven learning improve equity?
Mikaela Pitcan, Mar 18, 2016

Student data can and has served as an equalizer, but it also has the potential to perpetuate discriminatory practices. In order to leverage student data to move toward equity... read more | Read on Points

Student Data Privacy News Round-up
Mikaela Pitcan, Mar 17, 2016

D&S Research Analyst Mikaela Pitcan gives a brief recap of student data & privacy related news from January – March 2016. Special attention is given to the Every Student Succeeds Act. read more | Medium

Uber business model does not justify a new ‘independent worker’” category
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Mar 17, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work on researching the sharing economy, and particularly Uber, was quoted in this piece by the Economic Policy Institute. “According to Rosenblat and Stark (2015),... read more | Read at Economic Policy Institute

The Law is Clear: The FBI Cannot Make Apple Rewrite its OS
Susan Crawford, Mar 16, 2016

D&S Advisor Susan Crawford argues that the President is on shaky legal ground in the FBI vs. Apple showdown: The problem for the president is that when it comes... read more | Read on Backchannel...

Can Computer Programs Be Racist And Sexist?
Sorelle Friedler, Mar 15, 2016

D&S Fellow Sorelle Friedler was interviewed for an NPR piece discussing algorithms and bias. says other studies show that women are more likely to be shown lower-paying jobs... read more | Read at NPR

City tech approach gets mixed grades two years in
Noel Hidalgo, Mar 11, 2016

D&S Fellow Noel Hidalgo was quoted in a Politico article discussing technology’s role in DeBlasio’s administration. “I think that for the most part the highest reaches of the administration... read more | Read at Politico

Limitless Worker Surveillance
Ifeoma Ajunwa, Kate Crawford, Jason Schultz, Mar 10, 2016

D&S Affiliates Ifeoma Ajunwa, Kate Crawford, and Jason Schultz examine the effectiveness of the law as a check on worker surveillance, given recent technological innovations. This law review article focuses... read more | Read on SSRN

Hiring by Algorithm
Ifeoma Ajunwa, Sorelle Friedler, Carlos E Scheidegger, Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Mar 10, 2016

D&S Fellow Sorelle Friedler and D&S Affiliate Ifeoma Ajunwa argue in this essay that well settled legal doctrines that prohibit discrimination against job applicants on the basis of sex... read more | Read on SSRN

How Politicians Should and Shouldn’t Use Twitter Bots
Tim Hwang, Samuel Woolley, Mar 08, 2016

D&S Researcher Tim Hwang and Samuel Woolley consider the larger trend toward automated politics and the likely future sophistication of automated politics and potential impacts on the public sphere... read more | Read at Slate...

Could Cops Use Facebook Reactions to Target Criminals?
Desmond Patton, Mar 07, 2016

D&S affiliate Desmond Patton was quoted in this New York Magazine piece about on how police can use new Facebook reactions to measure sentiment in crime cases. “The ways... read more | Read at NY Mag

Technology, Privacy, and the Future of Education Symposium
Ted Magder, Richard Arum, Anya Kamenetz, Kouross Esmaeli, Natasha Singer, Brett Frischmann, Mitchell Stevens, Elana Zeide, Helen Nissenbaum, Mar 04, 2016

Data & Society Fellow Natasha Singer participated in a panel alongside D&S Affiliates Elaina Zeide and Hellen Nissenbaum on the Implications of Data-driven Education as part of the Technology,... read more | Watch on Vimeo

Accountable Algorithms
Joshua A. Kroll, Joanna Huey, Solon Barocas, Edward W. Felten, Joel R. Reidenberg, David G. Robinson, and Harlan Yu, Mar 02, 2016

D&S Affiliate Solon Barocas and Advisors Edward W. Felten and Joel Reidenberg collaborate on a paper outlining the importance of algorithmic accountability and fairness, proposing several tools that can... read more | Read at SSRN

Just What Are We Archiving?
Geoffrey C. Bowker, Mar 01, 2016

D&S Affiliate Geoffrey C. Bowker considers our collective archives as central cultural, social, and economic constructions and asks “What kind of people will we become if we keep trying... read more | Read on Limn

From daguerreotypes to algorithms: machines, expertise, and three forms of objectivity
Angèle Christin, Mar 01, 2016

Abstract: What claims are made about the objectivity of machines versus that of human experts? Whereas most current debates focus on the growing impact of algorithms in the age... read more | Download from the ACM DL

Ben Franklin, the Post Office and the Digital Public Sphere
Ethan Zuckerman, Feb 26, 2016

The processes editors have used to filter information were never transparent, hence the enthusiasm of the early 2000s for unfiltered media. What may be new is the pervasiveness of... read more | Read on Points...

Who’s Connected: 2 Stories of “Free Internet”
Anil Dash, Feb 26, 2016

D&S Board Member Anil Dash contrasts two recent approaches to making internet connectivity more widely available. Comparing the efforts to build consensus behind Facebook’s Free Basics initiative to LinkNYC,... read more | Read on Medium...

Digital surveillance in the hypermasculine workplace
Karen Levy, Feb 25, 2016

In this commentary, D&S fellow Karen Levy’s considers the gendered dimensions of shifting cultures of work in response to the growing demands of the technologized/mediated workplace. She also explores... read more | Read on Feminist Media Studies...

I Tried, and Failed, to Find Out Where My Electricity Comes From
Mimi Onuoha, Feb 25, 2016

D&S Fellow Mimi Onuoha tries to figure out where her electrity comes from…and runs into a few roadblocks. To know where your electricity comes from is to know all... read more | Read at How We Get to Next...

Technology exacerbates cultural divides
danah boyd, Feb 24, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd’s book, “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”, was discussed in this piece by the University Star. Society tends to uphold technology as a... read more | Read at the University Star

Auditing Black-box Models by Obscuring Features
Philip Adler, Casey Falk, Sorelle A. Friedler, Gabriel Rybeck, Carlos Scheidegger, Brandon Smith, Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Feb 23, 2016

The ubiquity and power of machine learning models in society to determine and control an increasing number of real-world decisions presents a challenge.  D&S fellow Sorelle Friedler and a... read more | Read on arXiv...

My View on the Current Situation of Bitcoin and the Blockchain
Joichi Ito, Feb 22, 2016

D&S Advisor Joichi Ito writes about his concern surrounding the future sustainable development around blockchain technology, particularly as it relates to the community that has cultivated the talent and knowledge necessary... read more | Read on joi.ito.com...

Algorithms Can Make Good Co-Workers
Madeleine Clare Elish, Feb 22, 2016

D&S Researcher Madeleine Clare Elish considers the possibility of a full-on replacement of humans by robots. She argues that this scenario is nowhere near as close as we have... read more | Read at Slate...

Science on Salt Is Polarized, Study Finds
David Merritt Johns, Feb 18, 2016

D&S fellow David Merritt Johns was quoted in the Mailman School of Public Health announcement discussing his analysis of scientific citations. “There are two almost distinct bodies of scholarship—one... read more | Read at the Mailman School of Public Health

What Qualifies as Legitimate Access in the iPhone Case?
Joel R. Reidenberg, Feb 18, 2016

D&S Advisor Joel Reidenberg considers the scope of the court order compelling Apple to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to help the government hack into one of the San Bernadino... read more | Read on The New York Times...

Latest research could be a blow to city’s sodium case
David Merritt Johns, Feb 17, 2016

D&S Fellow David Merritt Johns’ work, along with other researchers, was cited in this Politico article, discussing how researchers cited their articles in public health research on sodium. Sandro... read more | Read at Politico

How Much Is Too Much When It Comes To Salt Intake? A Meta Analysis Reveals No One Is Sure
David Merritt Johns, Feb 17, 2016

D&S fellow David Merritt Johns was cited in this Medical Daily piece discussing his article about primary reviews in health research. The researchers found many of the systematic reviews... read more | Read at Medical Daily

Scientists can’t agree whether salt is killing us. Here’s why.
David Merritt Johns, Feb 17, 2016

D&S fellow David Merritt Johns’ work, in conjunction with other researchers, was cited in a Washington Post article discussing how scholars cite their findings. “We found that the published... read more | Read at Washington Post

The Point of Collection
Mimi Onuoha, Feb 10, 2016

D&S fellow Mimi Onuoha thinks through the implications of the moment of data collection and offers a compact set of reminders for those who work with and think about... read more | Read on Points...

For Refugees, a Digital Passage to Europe
Mark Latonero, Feb 08, 2016

D&S Fellow Mark Latonero considers the digital infrastructure for movement of refugees — the social media platforms, mobile apps, online maps, instant messaging, translation websites, wire money transfers, cell... read more | Read at Responsible Data Forum...

It’s not Cyberspace anymore.
danah boyd, Feb 05, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd declares: “It’s not Cyberspace anymore.” While at Davos, danah reflects on the 20 years since John Perry Barlow wrote “A Declaration of the Independence of... read more | Read on Points...

At Berkeley, a New Digital Privacy Protest
Elana Zeide, Feb 01, 2016

D&S affiliate Elana Zeide was quoted in this piece by the New York Times discussing digital privacy in schools. “We’re really just starting to sort out the risks and... read more | Read at NYT

Refugees’ New Infrastructure for Movement
Mark Latonero, Feb 01, 2016

A Digital Passage Phones, social media, mobile apps, online maps, instant messaging, translation websites, wire money transfers, cell phone charging stations, and Wi-Fi hotspots have created a new infrastructure... read more | Read on Points...

How mobile communication helps refugees…and smugglers
Mark Latonero, Jan 31, 2016

D&S Fellow Mark Latonero participated in this episode of CBC Radio discussing how mobile tech can help refugees and also smugglers. Researcher Mark Latonero argues that all manner of... read more | Listen at CBC

How Europe Protects Your Online Data Differently Than the U.S.
Natasha Singer, Jan 31, 2016

D&S fellow Natasha Singer explores the differences in how the United States and Europe treat data protection and privacy. In the United States, a variety of laws apply to... read more | Read on New York Times ...

Sorelle Friedler Wins Knight News Challenge On Data
Sorelle Friedler, Jan 28, 2016

D&S Fellow Sorelle Friedler won the Knight News Challenge on Data, a $35,000 prize, that will help fund research in data discrimination. “We’re not assigning motive or malicious intent... read more | Read at Haverford College's Website

What World Are We Building?
danah boyd, Jan 25, 2016

We didn’t architect for prejudice, but we didn’t design systems to combat it either. Points: “What World Are We Building?” is adapted, with permission, from a talk of the... read more | Read on Points...

An App Helps Teachers Track Student Attendance
Natasha Singer, Jan 23, 2016

D&S fellow Natasha Singer on the impact of Kinvolved, an app which automatically texts parents if a child is absent or tardy. Kinvolved’s goal is to spur greater parental... read more | Read at New York Times ...

Why Monitoring Workers Could End Up Backfiring
danah boyd, Jan 21, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd was quoted in this Huffington Post piece discussing the impacts of higher rates of surveilling workers. “Pushing for efficiency is destabilizing low-wage workers.” And thus,... read more | Read at Huffington Post

The Hidden Environmental Cost Of Almost Everything You Do Online
danah boyd, Jan 21, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd was quoted in the Huffington Post discussing the environmental impact of the cloud. “If you think about it, why are you keeping around every notification... read more | Read at the Huffington Post

Hilary Mason: Fast Forward Labs CEO. One-time aspiring taxi driver. Your nerd best friend.
Hilary Mason, Jan 15, 2016

D&S affiliate Hilary Mason was interviewed in a piece for Tech Republic about her work in founding Fast Forward Labs and how she became involved in data science. “That... read more | Read at Tech Republic

The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome
Alondra Nelson, Jan 12, 2016

D&S advisor Alondra Nelson’s book tracing how claims about ancestry are marshaled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures: DNA has been a master key unlocking... read more | Purchase from Beacon Press

Analytics in K-12 Schools: Big Data, or Big Brother?
Elana Zeide, Jan 11, 2016

D&S Affiliate Elana Ziede discusses the potential harms to collecting private data in educational systems. In the meantime, parents and citizens should be aware of possible harms, said Elana... read more | Read at EdWeek

With this ‘mirage of a marketplace’, Uber is taking its customers for a ride
Madeleine Clare Elish, Tim Hwang, Jan 10, 2016

D&S Fellow Madeleine Clare Elish and D&S Researcher Tim Hwang’s article in Slate was cited in the Guardian article discussing the ‘mirage marketplace’ – further building upon D&S researcher... read more | Read at the Guardian

Why Amazon’s Data Centers Are Hidden in Spy Country
Ingrid Burrington, Jan 08, 2016

The grand finale of D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington’s gonzo series of essays on Internet infrastructures, this piece explores northern Virginia in search of Amazon Web Services data centers —... read more | Read at The Atlantic

Two Years Behind Bars or 20? One Day, a Computer Formula May Have a Say
Angèle Christin, Jan 07, 2016

D&S Fellow Angèle Christin was quoted in this piece on TruthDig dissecting biased sentencing algorithms. “Because these algorithms are using past data to build the algorithm, and past data... read more | Read at Truth Dig

Will 2016 be the year web advertisers realise we don’t want to be monitored?
Ethan Zuckerman, Jan 03, 2016

D&S Advisor Ethan Zuckerman contemplates the sustainability of advertising on the internet in 2016 and why advertisers continue to go through all the trouble to track a user across... read more | Read at The Guardian

Person of the Year- The Short List – No. 6 – Travis Kalanick
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Dec 31, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work was mentioned in Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s Time Person of the Year shortlist profile. A study done by another nonprofit group,... read more | Read at TIME

A Surgery Center That Doubles as an Idea Lab
Natasha Singer, Dec 26, 2015

D&S fellow Natasha Singer investigates the benefits and concerns around testing improvements in efficiency and care for patients based on data and new technology. Across the country, leading medical... read more | Read at New York Times ...

New federal rules will subject truck drivers to more monitoring than ever
Karen Levy, Dec 24, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy was quoted in this Washington Post article discussing electronic monitors of truck drivers. “There is widespread feeling that ELDs crack down on drivers while missing... read more | Read at the Washington Post

How Mobile Carriers Skirt Net-Neutrality Rules
Ingrid Burrington, Dec 18, 2015

D&S artist in residence Ingrid Burrington explores how the FCC’s net neturality rules are applied differently to mobile carriers than to wired broadband carriers and the effects on how... read more | Read on The Atlantic...

What If Social Media Becomes 16-Plus?
danah boyd, Dec 18, 2015

At what age should children be allowed to access the internet without parental oversight? This is a hairy question that raises all sorts of issues about rights, freedoms, morality, skills,... read more | Read at BRIGHT

The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge
Ingrid Burrington, Dec 16, 2015

D&S Artist in Residence Ingrid Burrington contemplates network infrastructure, underlining the fact that today’s infrastructure can’t last much longer under the strain of exponentially expanding connectivity demands. She suggests... read more | The Atlantic

Finding the Line Between Data Collection and Authenticity
Tim Hwang, Dec 16, 2015

D&S researcher Tim Hwang was interviewed by PSFK in the series, The Future of Digital Safety & Security: A Consumer Guide, to discuss policymaking around intelligence systems. “The issue... read more | Read at PSFK

Big Data Ethics Support Systems and Networks
Bonnie Tijerina, Emily F. Keller, Dec 15, 2015

D&S researchers Bonnie Tijerina and Emily Keller present the work of the Supporting Ethics in Data Research project at the Coalition for Networked Information Fall 2015 meeting: Big Data... read more | Watch on Vimeo

I Know God’s Got a Day 4 Me
Desmond U. Patton et al, Dec 13, 2015

Abstract: Trauma-based interventions are common in mental health practice, and yet there is a gap in services because social media has created new ways of managing trauma. Practitioners identify... read more | Read at Social Science Computer Review

Uber can’t be defeated from the outside—but maybe from within
Alex Rosenblat, Dec 10, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat, along with Luke Stark, was quoted in this Maclean’s article discussing how drivers may bring changes to the driving sharing economy. They concluded that the... read more | Read at Maclean's

Another Pointless Study / Law & Order / Tech A Tale of Two Uber Studies: As Lawsuit Expands, Dueling Datasets Ask Whether Drivers Are Happy
Alex Rosenblat, Dec 10, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work in researching the driving sharing economy was mentioned in this San Francisco Weekly article discussing Uber drivers’ attitudes towards participating in Uber. 88 percent... read more | Read at SF Weekly

Can’t Put Down Your Device? That’s by Design
Natasha Singer, Dec 05, 2015

Can’t stop watching that new show on Netflix? Or perhaps the advent and marketing of T-Mobile’s “BingeOn” option has made you reflect on your Friday night rituals. D&S fellow... read more | Read at NYT

An Inside Look at a Facebook Data Center
Ingrid Burrington, Dec 04, 2015

D&S artist in residence Ingrid Burrington shares impressions from a tour of Facebook’s massive Altoona data center, and wonders about the extent to which Facebook might be creating an... read more | Read at The Atlantic ...

Never lose your Uber again! New colour changing strips allows cars to ‘flash’ at their passengers
Alex Rosenblat, Dec 03, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work was quoted in this Daily Mail piece discussing Uber’s new strategies to help users find their rides. ‘If a potential passenger opened up the... read more | Read at Daily Mail

Is Social Media Responsible for Tyshawn Lee’s Death?
Desmond Patton, Dec 02, 2015

It is well known that gang violence is a serious public health problem, particularly in Chicago, Illinois, where it has claimed over 400 murders and 2,674 shooting victims so... read more | Read at Medium

When Your Boss Is an Uber Algorithm
Alex Rosenblat, Dec 01, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat is quoted in MIT Technology Review article discussing Uber’s control over its drivers. Alex Rosenblat, a researcher at Data & Society and coauthor of the... read more | Read at MIT Technology Review

Sociology Alumna Asks: Where is Data-Driven Society Steering Us?
Alex Rosenblat, Dec 01, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was profiled by her alma mater, Queen’s University, about her work researching Uber, data and civil rights, and the future of labor. Looking back at... read more | Read at Queen's University

Digital Rights of Children | DML Trust Challenge Webinar
Monica Bulger, Nov 30, 2015

D&S researcher Monica Bulger participated in a Trust Challenge webinar dedicated to the digital rights of children. read more | Read on HASTAC...

The real winners in the knowledge economy
Wilneida Negrón, Nov 29, 2015

In one of her “Digitized Brainstorms”, D&S fellow Wilneida Negrón provokes readers to consider a new approach to education- one that considers the effects and outcomes that technology has on not... read more | Read at Wilneida.com

RSG030: Alex Rosenblat On How Much Control Uber Really Has Over Its Drivers
Alex Rosenblat, Nov 25, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat is interviewed by the Ride Share Guy, a podcast and blog for rideshare drivers. read more | Listen at The Ride Share Guy

Alex Rosenblat On How Much Control Uber Really Has Over Its Drivers
Alex Rosenblat, Nov 25, 2015

“On today’s podcast, I get to interview Alex Rosenblat, a researcher from the Data & Society Research Institute. Now that name may seem familiar because in addition to spending... read more | Listen at The Rideshare Guy

How Railroad History Shaped Internet History
Ingrid Burrington, Nov 24, 2015

D&S artist in residence Ingrid Burrington on how the history of infrastructure in the U.S. contributes to Iowa’s status a hub of the data-center industry. Google didn’t come to... read more | Read on The Atlantic ...

Sex, Scandals, and Celebrities”: Exploring the Determinants of Popularity in Online News.
Angèle Christin, Nov 23, 2015

Abstract: What kinds of articles are read most often on news websites? In web newsrooms, journalists now have access to software programs that allow them to track the preferences... read more | Download at Sur le journalisme

Can We Measure Media Impact? Surveying the Field
Ethan Zuckerman, Anya Schiffrin, Nov 20, 2015

All around the world, media outlets are learning that some funders are uncomfortable with supporting journalism merely as a “public good.” They want to see proof of impact. In this article,... read more | Read at SSIR

Why Machines Discriminate- and How to Fix Them
Kate Crawford, Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Nov 20, 2015

In this interview on Science Friday, D&S advisor Kate Crawford discusses how biases that are present in our culture can be found in big data sets that are used to train algorithms... read more | Listen at Science Friday

Can Women Build A Better Tinder?
Anil Dash, Nov 19, 2015

Anil Dash was quoted in this Backchannel piece discussing how founders impact the apps they create, particularly with dating apps. But as users, we need to consistently think about... read more | Read at Backchannel

Guide to Crowdsourcing
Mimi Onuoha, Jeanne Pinder, Jan Schaffer, Nov 19, 2015

D&S fellow Mimi Onuoha along with Jeanne Pinder and Jan Schaffer at the Tow Center have put together a comprehensive guide on crowdsourcing. The guide is organized around a... read more | Read at Tow Center

Predictive Algorithms Are Not Inherently Unbiased
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Nov 19, 2015

In this op-ed, Data & Society fellow Seeta Peña Gangadharan addresses the question “Can Crime Be Ethically Predicted?” and argues that bias is inherent in the technical systems used in predictive policing... read more | Read at NYT

The Uber Counterculture
Alex Rosenblat, Nov 17, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in researching Uber’s treatment of its drivers was reviewed and discussed in this piece by The Awl. But perhaps the most... read more | Read at The Awl

Recap: Machine Eatable with Mimi Onuoha
Mimi Onuoha, Nov 16, 2015

D&S fellow Mimi Onuoha was spotlighted at Microsoft NY’s Machine Eatable, where she discussed her methods of data collection and what she sees in the relationship between data and... read more | Read at Microsoft NY

Tech-savvy sex traffickers stay ahead of authorities as lure teens online
Mark Latonero, Nov 15, 2015

D&S fellow Mark Latonero was quoted in this Reuters piece detailing how human traffickers can use technology to further commit crimes. “Traffickers are using the scale and popularity of... read more | Read at Reuters

Miscalculating the risk of crypto ‘backdoors’
Deirdre Mulligan, Nov 13, 2015

In this op-ed, D&S advisor Deirdre Mulligan argues: Whether it’s Britain or the US insisting that tech companies develop a mechanism to give police or spy agencies access to encrypted communications, backdoors... read more | Read at CSM

Here are 3 legal cases from the future
Tim Hwang, Nov 13, 2015

D&S researcher Tim Hwang participated on a panel at Fusion’s Real Future Fair, where he debated how future laws will need to solve possible cases utilizing future data analysis... read more | Read at Fusion

What Happens to Childhood When You Start Counting Steps?
Amanda Lenhart, Nov 13, 2015

D&S researcher Amanda Lenhart was interviewed for this New York Times piece discussing how children may respond to fitness tracking apps. The risk is that children may be discouraged... read more | Read at NYT

The War on Campus Sexual Assault Goes Digital
Natasha Singer, Nov 13, 2015

D&S fellow Natasha Singer writes about new online apps designed to give college students additional options for reporting sexual assaults. Colleges and Universities are embracing these apps as they continue to look for... read more | Read at The New York Times...

Where the Cloud Rises From the Sea
Ingrid Burrington, Nov 12, 2015

If we measure infrastructure in terms of ROI, of course it doesn’t make sense to build out fiber to the home in Point Arena. By that measure, it also... read more | Read at the Atlantic

All the names for the new digital economy, and why none of them fits
Gideon Lichfield, Nov 12, 2015

The gig economy, the platform economy, the networked economy, the sharing economy, the on-demand economy, the peer economy, the bottom-up economy… You’ve probably heard these and maybe other terms... read more | Read at QUARTZ

Is using technology for learning a good idea?
Monica Bulger, Nov 11, 2015

D&S researcher, Monica Bulger analyzes a recent OECD report regarding the benefits and drawbacks using computers and technology to aid children’s learning. While the findings of the report reveal... read more | Read at LSE

Can Seattle Launch a Movement for a New Kind of Workers’ Union?
Alex Rosenblat, Nov 11, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in researching Uber’s labor management was discussed in this article by the Stranger. After studying online forums where drivers talked about... read more | Read at The Stranger

Is using technology for learning a good idea?
Monica Bulger, Nov 11, 2015

D&S researcher Monica Bulger introduces better ways to measure edtech usage with children, including the following: Ask the children. As part of the demographic data collected by PISA tests,... read more | Read on LSE Blog...

The Future of Work: Empowering the Data-Driven Worker
Gina Neff, Nov 10, 2015

Growth in the technology sector has popularized a dangerously narrow conception of innovation. For a richer view of innovation look beyond the glistening headquarters of technology companies to dusty... read more | Read at Pacific Standard

Who Is in Control of Your Library’s Data?
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Nov 10, 2015

In this article D&S fellow, Seeta Peña Gangadharan takes a closer look at the computerization of library data, noting the heavy dependence of libraries upon third-party systems that mediate the access,... read more | Read at SLATE

The downside of digital inclusion: Expectations and experiences of privacy and surveillance among marginal Internet users
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Nov 09, 2015

Abstract: Increasing broadband adoption among members of underserved populations remains a high priority among policymakers, advocates, corporations, and affected communities. But questions about the risks entailed in the flow of... read more | Download at new media & society

What’s Important About Underwater Internet Cables
Ingrid Burrington, Nov 09, 2015

D&S artist in residence Ingrid Burrington answers three important questions about submarine internet cables: who owns them, who builds them and how do they end up where they end... read more | Read at The Atlantic ...

Partner “spy” apps make it easy to snoop, but should you?
Karen Levy, Nov 08, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy was interviewed on this CBC Radio segment discussing intimate surveillance. Apps are just one way spouses monitor each other, Levy says. Practices also include “checking... read more | Listen at CBC Radio

Let’s look to magicians to better understand technological deception
Tim Hwang, Nov 06, 2015

“In order to best understand the new technologies in our lives, it may be more useful to look to stage magicians than to source code.” D&S researcher Tim Hwang... read more | Read at FUSION

What People Mean When They Talk About ‘The Cloud’
Ingrid Burrington, Nov 04, 2015

“It turns out driving directly toward huge, looming storm clouds is a great rhetorical device to employ on a road trip to see cloud infrastructure—and also a great way... read more | Read at the Atlantic

Platformation event summary
Data & Society, Nov 04, 2015

On September 9, 2015, the Data & Society Research Institute hosted Platformation, a one-day summit that brought together a diverse group of stakeholders for a multi-disciplinary discussion on platform-based... read more |

At Uber, the Algorithm Is More Controlling Than the Real Boss
Alex Rosenblat, Nov 04, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work was discussed in this Wall Street Journal piece discussing Uber’s control over its workers. The company’s algorithm uses performance metrics, scheduling... read more | Read at WSJ

The Digital Disparities Facing Lower-Income Teenagers
Natasha Singer, Nov 03, 2015

D&S fellow Natasha Singer reports the implications of the shift towards digital learning tools across the United States and the effects this may have on low income students based on... read more | Read at NYT

The user as network
Karen Levy, Nov 02, 2015

Abstract: The user has become central to the way technology is conceptualized, designed, and studied in sociotechnical research and human-computer interaction; recently, non-users have also become productive foci of scholarly... read more | Read at first monday

The Room Where the Internet Was Born
Ingrid Burrington, Nov 02, 2015

“Starting a cross-country drive to New York in Los Angeles is pretty inconvenient, unless your cross-country drive is also a vision quest to see the Internet.” Former fellow and... read more | Read at the Atlantic

Interview with executive director of betaNYC, Noel Hidalgo on civic technology and NYC
James Burke, Noel Hidalgo, Nov 01, 2015

D&S fellow Noel Hidalgo discusses his work in civic tech past, present, and future in an interview by James Burke who is with the Open State Foundation and the P2P... read more | Listen at P2P

Can innovators build a future that’s both disruptive and just?
Ethan Zuckerman, Oct 30, 2015

D&S advisor Ethan Zuckerman gives a speech on the MIT Media Lab’s 30th anniversary praising the numerous innovations that have come from the lab but puts forth the important question... read more | Read at The Conversation

The Infrastructure Tourist – Tim Hwang wants to show you how the world works.
Tim Hwang, Oct 29, 2015

D&S researcher Tim Hwang was profiled in California Sunday Magazine and spoke about the Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory. “I think when you learn about infrastructure,” Hwang says, “you end... read more | Read at California Sunday Magazine

Uber’s Surge Pricing May Not Lead to a Surge in Drivers
Lauren Kirchner, Surya Mattu, Oct 28, 2015

Lauren Kirchner and D&S fellow Surya Mattu report for ProPublica on the findings of an analysis that contradicts Uber’s argument for the surge prices that it charges users. read more | Read at ProPublic

Police Body-Worn Cameras – Updated
Alexandra Mateescu, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd (with support from Jenna Leventoff and David Robinson), Oct 27, 2015

In the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown in August 2014, as well as the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri and around the country, there has been... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Open Data, the Criminal Justice System, and the Police Data Initiative
Robyn Caplan, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

Public calls for data and transparency about police actions have increased in light of widely publicized incidents and patterns of police violence. Opening more data to the public about... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Social Media Surveillance and Law Enforcement
Alexandra Mateescu, Douglas Brunton, Alex Rosenblat, Desmond Patton, Zachary Gold, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

According to a 2014 LexisNexis online survey, eighty percent of federal, state, and local law enforcement professionals use social media platforms as an intelligence gathering tool, but most lack... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Criminal Justice and Civil Rights Primer
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Oct 27, 2015

New technology has provided an increasingly ubiquitous tool with the potential to build trust between police and the communities they serve and help enhance accountability and transparency in policing... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Courts and Predictive Algorithms
Angèle Christin, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

One of the most striking innovations in the criminal justice system during the past thirty years has been the introduction of actuarial methods – statistical models and software programs... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Biometric Technologies in Policing
Robyn Caplan, Ifeoma Ajunwa, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

Biometric technologies are rapidly finding use in a variety of policing contexts, and their use is expected to grow as these technologies become more accurate, cost-effective and accessible to... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Predictive Policing
Sarah Brayne, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

Predictive policing refers to the use of analytical techniques to make statistical predictions about potential criminal activity. The basic underlying assumption of predictive policing is that crime is not... read more |

Serving Workers in the Gig Economy: Emerging Resources for the On-Demand Workforce
Nick Grossman, Elizabeth Woyke, Oct 25, 2015

In this report D&S advisor Nick Grossman and Elizabeth Woyke examine the “gig economy” and the ways it is reshaping the modern workforce: It’s difficult to ignore the effects... read more | Download at O'Reilly

The Dark Side of Algorithms
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Oct 23, 2015

D&S affiliate Seeta Peña Gangadharan discusses biases that can be reinforced through algorithm-based technologies. “The use of algorithmic analysis on big data or vast amounts of information really enables... read more | Read at WGBH

Re: Rates for Inmate Calling Services
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights et al, including Data & Society, Oct 22, 2015

The FCC capped rates for long-distance calls in 2013 but did not address in-state call rates. Before the Federal Communications Commission’s vote on a proposal to cap prison calling... read more | Read in the FCC docket

The Great Silicon Valley Bubble Machine
danah boyd, Oct 20, 2015

D&S founder danah boyd was quoted in this Atlantic article discussing valuations of tech firms and start-ups. The mega valuations tech firms are getting these days are absurd—and there’s... read more | Read at The Atlantic

Transition 2015: Tim Hwang on Why Standards Matter
Tim Hwang, Oct 20, 2015

In this video from Transition 2015, D&S fellow Tim Hwang gives an overview of “Why Standards Matter” in his presentation that provides insight into the power that global standards have... read more | Watch on YouTube

Norway’s Capital To Ban Private Cars From City Center By 2019
Anthony Townsend, Oct 20, 2015

D&S affiliate Anthony Townsend discusses Oslo’s move to ban private cars from its city center by 2019. Banning cars is “not a new idea, but doing it on this... read more | Read at Huffington Post

Why Do Crowds Contribute To Crowdsourced Journalism Campaigns?
Mimi Onuoha, Oct 19, 2015

In this blog post, D&S fellow Mimi Onuoha discusses the motivations of those who contribute to crowdsourced journalism as a part of the forthcoming report “Guide to Crowdsourcing”. read more | Read at Tow Center

Uber’s Drivers: Information Asymmetries and Control in Dynamic Work
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Oct 15, 2015

Abstract: This empirical study explores labor in the on-demand economy using the rideshare service Uber as a case study. By conducting sustained monitoring of online driver forums and interviewing... read more | Download from SSRN

Data for Humanity: An Open Letter
danah boyd, Claire Fontaine, Tricia Wang, Alissa Chisholm, Oct 14, 2015

D&S founder danah boyd, researchers Claire Fontaine and Alissa Chisholm, and affiliate Tricia Wang signed this petition from the Frankfurt Big Data Lab. Goal: To bring people and institutions... read more | Read at Frankfurt Big Data Lab

Scores of Scores: How Companies Are Reducing Consumers to Single Numbers
Natasha Singer, Oct 14, 2015

D&S fellow Natasha Singer was quoted in this article by The Atlantic discussing ratings and measurements given by companies to consumers. Natasha Singer, a tech reporter for The New... read more | Read at The Atlantic

Hilary Mason: Use data science and machine intelligence to build a better future
Hilary Mason, Oct 14, 2015

D&S affiliate Hilary Mason was the opening keynote speaker at the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference 2015. …in a subtle nod to the #ILookLikeAnEngineer movement, Mason introduced herself... read more | Read at Tech Republic

Enchanting By Numbers (2015 version)
Tim Hwang, Oct 09, 2015

D&S researcher Tim Hwang was interviewed in Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything podcast. We take another look at algorithms. Tim Hwang explains how Uber’s algorithms generate phantom cars and... read more | Listen on Theory of Everything

When Social Media Fuels Gang Violence
Desmond Patton, Oct 07, 2015

D&S affiliate Desmond Patton was quoted in this piece by NPR discussing ‘cyber banging’. “One idea is that if we can decode the language, then perhaps we can send... read more | Read at NPR

The User-Centered Library: Digital UX Workshop Preview
Bonnie Tijerina, Oct 01, 2015

D&S researcher Bonnie Tijerina was quoted in this piece by the Library Journal that discussed how to integrate online user experience into libraries. “Libraries exist in the digital world... read more | Read at Library Journal

Joint response to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCR) on ICTs and child sexual exploitation
Monica Bulger, Mark Latonero, Oct 01, 2015

D&S fellow Mark Latonero and D&S researcher Monica Bulger participated in a joint statement prepared by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP) Prof. Sonia Livingstone, Coordinator of... read more | Read the full statement here...

Imagined Affordance: Reconstructing a Keyword for Communication Theory
Gina Neff, Peter Nagy, Sep 30, 2015

Abstract: In this essay, we reconstruct a keyword for communication—affordance. Affordance, adopted from ecological psychology, is now widely used in technology studies, yet the term lacks a clear definition. This... read more | Read at social media + society

How to Fake Your Workout
Surya Mattu, Sep 28, 2015

D&S fellow Surya Mattu’s joint work with Tega Brian on Unfit Bits was discussed in this piece by The Atlantic. The engineers Tega Brain and Surya Mattu have a... read more | Read at The Atlantic

Google Virtual-Reality System Aims to Enliven Education
Natasha Singer, Sep 28, 2015

D&S fellow Natasha Singer on the use of virtual-reality in education, and Google’s virtual field trip system for schools, Expeditions. The idea of virtual field trips is not new.... read more | Read on New York Times ...

Privacy Has to Begin at Home
Elana Zeide, Sep 24, 2015

D&S affiliate Elana Zeide was quoted in this piece by Insider Higher Ed that explores privacy at universities. Elana J. Zeide, a privacy research fellow at the New York... read more | Read at Inside Higher Ed

We Don’t Even Know How Best to Use Body Cameras—Let Alone Regulate Them
danah boyd, Alex Rosenblat, Sep 23, 2015

D&S founder danah boyd and D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat were quoted in this article by the Nation discussing police body cameras. and Alex Rosenblat suggested in The... read more | Read at the Nation

Clever, a Software Service, Gives Schools a Way to Manage Data Flow to Apps
Natasha Singer, Sep 20, 2015

D&S fellow Natasha Singer details Clever, a software service — free for schools — that enables schools to send student information to web and mobile apps at the click of... read more | Read on New York Times ...

Weapons of Mass Persuasion
Tim Hwang, Sep 18, 2015

“Just as the software and hardware of the internet has been militarized by the imperatives of a mostly secret ‘cyberwar,’ so too are online social spaces being weaponized in... read more | Read at VICE Motherboard

A Sharing Economy Where Teachers Win
Natasha Singer, Sep 15, 2015

D&S fellow Natasha Singer explores how the sharing economy, and sites like TeachersPayTeachers.com, are benefitting teachers willing to share the lessons they have created. At a time when many... read more | Read on New York Times ...

No Encore for Encore? Ethical questions for web-based censorship measurement
Arvind Narayanan, Bendert Zevenbergen, Sep 14, 2015

Arvind Narayanan is a computer scientist at Princeton. He advised a Master’s thesis, described in Section 2, that utilized a similar methodology to the Encore project. Bendert Zevenbergen is... read more |

Making data work for individuals and communities
Data & Society, Sep 14, 2015

Data & Society was mentioned in this piece by the Knight Foundation discussing the Knight News Challenge on Data. The Knight News Challenge on Data, put forth by the... read more | Read at the Knight Foundation

The Future of Work: For Uber Drivers, Data Is the Boss
Alex Rosenblat, Sep 10, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat published an essay on remote management in Pacific Standard’s The Future of Work and Workers series: Rather than having managers who listen to them and... read more | Read at Pacific Standard

Designing the future – Tech Weekly podcast
Ingrid Burrington, Sep 10, 2015

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington participated in Tech Weekly’s podcast discussing technological designs. read more | Listen at the Guardian

How copyright is killing your favorite memes
Tim Hwang, Sep 08, 2015

D&S researcher Tim Hwang responds to corporations copywriting memes in this article by the Washington Post. “Culture is remixing content, borrowing ideas, accessing ideas to make something new,” said... read more | Read at Washington Post

Gamifying the workplace: is it ethical?
Karen Levy, Sep 05, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy is quoted in this PRI article that discusses how workers respond to tracking technologies. “It sounds like it’s just a way to sort of optimize... read more | Read at PRI

Arctic Climate Change, Pot Pesticides, and Student Data
Natasha Singer, Sep 04, 2015

D&S fellow Natasha Singer participates in this episode of Science Friday discussing learning apps and collecting student data. read more | Read at Science Friday

When Big Data Becomes Bad Data
Sorelle Friedler, Solon Barocas, Sep 02, 2015

D&S fellow Sorelle Friedler and D&S affiliate Solon Barocas were both cited in an article in ProPublica discussing when data collection results in discriminatory business decisions. Software that makes... read more | Read at ProPublica

Unintended Consequences of Geographic Targeting
Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu, Julia Angwin, Sep 01, 2015

Abstract For decades, The Princeton Review has prepared students for a battery of standardized tests for a price. In some cases, that price varies by ZIP code (or United... read more | Read at JoTS

Tech Tuesday: Cell Phone Etiquette, Student Data Privacy Concerns
Natasha Singer, Sep 01, 2015

D&S fellow Natasha Singer was interviewed about student data privacy. read more | Read at NPR

Tools for Tailored Learning May Expose Students’ Personal Details
Natasha Singer, Aug 30, 2015

Incoming D&S fellow Natasha Singer reports for the New York Times on the glut of recently proposed legislation aimed at restricting the collection and use of student data. read more | Read at NYT

Mark Latonero: Data-Driven Tensions in Human Rights
Mark Latonero, Aug 20, 2015

D&S fellow Mark Latonero spoke at a GovLab Idea Lunch to discuss the complexities of human rights-related data collection. Latonero used his last six years of work in investigating... read more | Read at GovLab

The Amazon Way: Why the data-driven workplace is a nightmare
Karen Levy, Aug 19, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy discussed data-driven worker surveillance in this piece by Fusion. Karen Levy, a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute, who focuses on technology, surveillance... read more | Read at the Fusion

Being edgy and cool doesn’t make tech companies any less exploitative
Alex Rosenblat, Aug 18, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat discusses the ambiguity of service standards in Uber and how that effects drivers. This means that drivers wind up doing extra free labour – above... read more | Read at The Guardian

How to See Invisible Infrastructure
Ingrid Burrington, Aug 14, 2015

“So what brings you to Atlanta?” the man at the Alamo rental-car desk asked my friend Sam. We responded perhaps more eagerly than necessary. “You know those markings you’ll... read more | Read at The Atlantic

The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance
Stephen Goldsmith, Susan Crawford, Aug 14, 2015

Description: “Leveraging Big Data and 21st century technology to renew cities and citizenship in America The Responsive City is a guide to civic engagement and governance in the digital... read more | Purchase from Wiley

The Past, Present, and Future of the Black Lives Matter Network
Charlton McIlwain, Aug 13, 2015

In this piece for Weekly Wonk, New America’s digital magazine, D&S advisor Charlton McIlwain explores the provenance and prospects of the contemporary civil rights “movement network”: What’s new about... read more | Read at Weekly Wonk

The Digital CultureSHIFT: From Scale to Power
Center for Media Justice, ColorofChange.org, Data & Society, Aug 13, 2015

How the Internet is Shaping Social Change, and Social Change is Shaping the Internet Summary As activism for police accountability, fair wages, just immigration, and more takes center stage... read more |

dConstruct 2015 podcast: Ingrid Burrington
Ingrid Burrington, Aug 10, 2015

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington was a guest on this episode of the dConstruct podcast and discussed the physical infrastructure of the Internet. read more | Listen at Adactio

The 3 Generations Of Smart Cities
Anthony Townsend, Aug 10, 2015

D&S affiliate Anthony Townsend’s book Smart Cities was mentioned in this Fast Company piece discussing smart cities. In his book Smart Cities, Anthony Townsend presents a thoughtful critique of... read more | Read at Fast Company

Twisting Words to Make ‘Sharing’ Apps Seem Selfless
Alex Rosenblat, Aug 08, 2015

“In a forthcoming study on the technology-mediated work experiences of Uber drivers, however, two researchers argue that terms like ‘sharing’ can put a gloss on business practices that may... read more | Read at NYT

Have Uber’s ‘phantom cars’ disappeared?
Alex Rosenblat, Aug 07, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted from her Vice article in this Guardian piece describing Uber’s transition from the ‘phantom car’ screen. Rosenblat, a researcher for New York-based thinktank... read more | Read at the Guardian

The Future of Morality, at Every Internet User’s Fingertips
Tim Hwang, Aug 06, 2015

D&S fellow Tim Hwang distinguishes between offline boycotts and online refusals to link in the context of the advertising-driven Internet. What moral principles and norms are implicated when individuals... read more | Read at The Atlantic

Episode 63 – Occulted and Embedded: Magick in the Internet and Security Agencies with Ingrid Burrington
Ingrid Burrington, Aug 05, 2015

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington was interviewed on the podcast Mindful Cyborgs. read more | Listen on Mindful Cyborgs

22 projects win support from Knight Prototype Fund
Bonnie Tijerina, Aug 04, 2015

D&S researcher Bonnie Tijerina wins support from the Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund to develop a human-centered design process for librarians. In addition to receiving $35,000 in funding, Prototype Fund... read more | Read at the Knight Foundation

How Evasion Matters: Implications from Surfacing Data Tracking Online
Janet Vertesi, Aug 04, 2015

D&S advisor Janet Vertesi essays her presentation from Theorizing the Web 2014: The past five years have seen the rise and expansion of a new infrastructural layer to the... read more | Read/download at Interface

Getting the formula right: Social trust, A/B testing and research ethics
Jacob Metcalf, Aug 03, 2015

In this blogpost for Ethical Resolve, researcher Jacob Metcalf discusses A/B testing and research ethics and argues that: …data scientists need to earn the social trust that is the... read more | Read at Ethical Resolve

The Future of Work: What Isn’t Counted Counts
Karen Levy, Aug 03, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy published an essay on measurement in Pacific Standard’s The Future of Work and Workers series: As data analytics and monitoring technologies come to be used... read more | Read at Pacific Standard

The limits of crisis data: analytical and ethical challenges of using social and mobile data to understand disasters
Kate Crawford, Megan Finn, Aug 01, 2015

D&S Affiliate Kate Crawford writes about the use of social media platforms and mobile phone data to mine and produce accounts of how people are responding in the aftermath... read more | Read at GeoJournal

It’s incredibly difficult to stop the Internet from knowing you’re pregnant
Janet Vertesi, Jul 31, 2015

D&S affiliate Janet Vertesi was quoted in this Washington Post piece discussing how difficult it is to stop targeted ads from knowing about your personal life. “Those kinds of... read more | Read at the Washington Post

Uber denies its app displays ‘phantom cabs’
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work on Uber’s algorithm-based mapping system for consumers is cited in this Telegraph article. In an article for Vice’s Motherboard, the researchers... read more | Read at the Telegraph

Uber’s app may show phantom cars
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in analyzing Uber’s algorithm-based mapping of drivers’ location. Researchers from Data & Society did some digging of its own, and were... read more | Read at SF Gate

Uber denies there are ‘phantom’ cars in its app
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s research in Uber’s algorithm-based map for consumers was cited in this article by Fortune. In a Vice article, Alex Rosenblat and Luke... read more | Read at Fortune

Uber Denies Showing ‘Ghost Cars’ In App
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in Uber’s algorithm-based maps for consumers is quoted in this piece by Übergizmo. Yesterday a report claimed that Uber shows “ghost... read more | Read at Übergizmo

Cars in Uber App: Real or Phantom Vehicles?
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this piece by PC Magazine about her work with Luke Stark on Uber drivers. “Over a six-month period, my colleague Luke Stark... read more | Read at PC Magazine

Uber: There are no ghost cars in our app
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s Vice article analyzing Uber’s interactions with drivers was quoted in this CNN article. The Vice story, written by two people from research... read more | Read at CNN

Uber Denies Having ‘Phantom Cabs’
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark were cited in this piece by RTT News discussing Uber’s map for passengers. Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark, a pair of researchers... read more | Read at RTT News

Uber denies misleading passengers with ‘phantom cars’ on app
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work on Uber’s algorithm-based map was quoted in this piece by the Guardian. The claim was made by Alex Rosenblat and Luke... read more | Read at The Guardian

Believing the Unbelievable: Understanding Young People’s Information Literacy Beliefs and Practices in the United States
Miriam J. Metzger, Andrew J. Flanagin, Alex Markov, Rebekah Grossman, Monica Bulger, Jul 30, 2015

In this Journal of Children and Media article, D&S researcher Monica Bulger seeks to address the dynamics of information evaluation among youth, investigating the attitudes of youth (aged 11–18)... read more | Read in Journal of Children and Media...

Uber App Uses ‘Phantom Cars’ To Lure Customers, US Researcher Says
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 29, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work researching Uber and its relations with its drivers was quoted in this piece by Huffington Post. As part of a project for Microsoft FUSE... read more | Read the Huffington Post

Uber’s Real-Time Map Shown To Be Fake
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 29, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in researching the validity of Uber’s map for available nearby cars was quoted in this piece by LBC. Employees of think-tank... read more | Read at LBC

Is Uber’s taxi map full of fake cabbies?
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 29, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in an ITProPortal piece discussing Uber map-building. Alex Rosenblat, a New York-based data researcher who studied how Uber drivers interact with the Uber... read more | Read on ITProPortal

The Cars Uber Shows You Before You Hail A Ride Are Bogus
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 29, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work researching Uber was discussed in this article by SFist. However, researchers at Data & Society claim that the supply of Uber drivers is actually... read more | Read at SFist

Uber Is Faking Us Out With ‘Ghost Cabs’ On Its Passenger Map
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 29, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work was quoted in this Gizmodo piece about Uber’s ride availability map. Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark, researchers studying Uber’s user interaction,... read more | Read at Gizmodo

Uber Fudges The Position Of Local Drivers, But They’ve Got A Pretty Good Reason Why
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 29, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was cited in this piece by Fast Company discussing the ethics of Uber’s ‘mirage marketplace’. On Monday, Vice’s Motherboard published an exposé on Uber’s map-based... read more | Read at Fast Company

Uber’s real-time nearby cars map is fake, data experts claim
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 28, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat, along with Luke Stark, were quoted in this Independent article discussing Uber’s car map. Analysts Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark go on to pick apart... read more | Read at Independent

Swarm of Uber on-screen taxis often ‘phantoms’, says investigation
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 28, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this piece by The Independent exploring Uber’s mapping algorithm “If a potential passenger opened up the app and saw no cars around,... read more | Read at The Independent

Uber Offers an Explanation For Those ‘Phantom Cars’
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 28, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s article for Vice discussing Uber’s mirage marketplace was quoted in this article by Inc. Passengers looking to catch an Uber may see more cars chugging... read more | Read at Inc

Uber’s real time car map is fake
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 28, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work was quoted in this Wired article discussing Uber’s projected, rather than real-time, analysis of rider demand. The marketplace Uber has created for the world,... read more | Read at Wired

Is Uber Populating Its Map with Ghost Cars?
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 28, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in researching Uber’s ride availability map was discussed in this piece by WebProNews. read more | Read at WebProNews

Uber Fakes Its Real-Time Taxi Map
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 28, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark were quoted in this Gizmodo piece discussing Uber’s map-building algorithm. Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark of New York think tank Data &... read more | Read at Gizmodo

Uber’s Phantom Cabs
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 27, 2015

“Uber’s access to real-time information about where passengers and drivers are has helped make it one of the most efficient and useful apps produced by Silicon Valley in recent... read more | Read on VICE Motherboard

The Mirage of the Marketplace
Tim Hwang, Madeleine Clare Elish, Jul 27, 2015

“Increasingly, what underlies the debate over the so-called sharing economy is a nascent, bigger battle about how society wants machines coordinating and governing human activity. These apps don’t match... read more | Read at Slate

The real component of virtual learning: motivations for face-to-face MOOC meetings in developing and industrialised countries
Monica Bulger, Jonathan Bright, Cristóbal Cobo, Jul 27, 2015

D&S researcher Monica Bulger, Jonathan Bright, and Cristóbal Cobo investigate why some Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) users organize face-to-face meetings, exploring the hypothesis that meetup invites would reflect... read more | Read at Information, Communication & Society

Override
Gideon Lichfield, Jul 26, 2015

Data & Society’s Intelligence and Autonomy initiative commissioned authors to envision future scenarios for intelligent systems in four domains: medicine, labor, urban design, and warfare. The future scenario around... read more |

Read at Quartz

“Moral Crumple Zones”: When your self-driving car crashes, you could still be the one who gets sued
Madeleine Clare Elish, Tim Hwang, Jul 25, 2015

“In a self-driving car, the control of the vehicle is shared between the driver and the car’s software. How the software behaves is in turn controlled — designed —... read more | Read at Quartz

Digital Master Planning: An Emerging Strategic Practice in Global Cities
Anthony Townsend, Stephen Lorimer, Jul 24, 2015

D&S fellow Anthony Townsend coauthored an NYU Marron Institute working paper. Abstract: The 21st century is being shaped by two global trends: the near-total urbanization of the world’s population,... read more | Download from Marron Institute

Instaserfs: Precarious Employment in the New – and the Old – Economy
Ethan Zuckerman, Jul 20, 2015

Benjamen Walker makes some of the best radio around….His finest work tends to come out in series of podcasts, exploring a complex issue through interviews and stories that unfold... read more | Read at FOLD

Internet infrastructure
Ingrid Burrington, Jul 20, 2015

“…we’ll take a tour of the visible internet infrastructure in Lower Manhattan with Ingrid Burrington, a fellow at the Data & Society Institute.” Ben Johnson, Marketplace Tech for... read more | Listen at Marketplace

Marketplace Tech for Monday, July 20, 2015
Ingrid Burrington, Jul 20, 2015

D&S Artist-in-Residence Ingrid Burrington discusses internet infrastructure in Lower Manhattan. read more | Listen at Marketplace

Blame Society, Not the Screen Time
danah boyd, Jul 16, 2015

In this op-ed, Data & Society founder danah boyd argues that youth are addicted to interacting with their peers, not to screens. “If Americans truly want to reduce the... read more | Read at NYT

Certifying and removing disparate impact
Michael Feldman, Sorelle A. Friedler, John Moeller, Carlos Scheidegger, and Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Jul 16, 2015

D&S fellow Sorelle Friedler and her research colleagues investigate the ways that algorithms make decisions in all aspects of our lives and whether or not we can determine if... read more | Read on arXhiv.org...

Making Sense of the New Urban Science
Anthony Townsend, Alissa Chisholm, Jul 07, 2015

We are living in the age of cities. It is an urgent time, and an uncertain one. Never before have human beings built so much with such haste. Yet... read more | Download PDF

The Things You Don’t Want To Know
Mimi Onuoha, Jul 06, 2015

D&S fellow Mimi Onuoha contemplates our ability to access and analyze data about ourselves and whether or not we actually need (or want) to see all of it. To... read more | Read on www.mimionuoha.com...

Data Ethics in the Age of the Quantified Society
Kate Crawford, Jonathan Zittrain, Ashkan Soltani, Alexis Madrigal, Jul 02, 2015

“Leading thinkers from business, government, civil society, and academia explore and debate ethics in the age of the quantified society. What role do ethics... read more | Watch at Aspen Ideas Festival

Abuse of Data Comes as No Surprise
Karen Levy, Jul 01, 2015

D&S Fellow Karen Levy participated in a roundtable discussing surveillance and power structures. Moderated by Kate Crawford, panelists Simone Browne, Jade E. Davis, Biella Coleman, and Karen Levy presented... read more | Read at Impose Magazine

Peer-to-Peer Lending
Alexandra Mateescu, Jul 01, 2015

“The collapse of the financial system starting in 2008 shattered public confidence in the traditional intermediaries of the financial system – the regulated banks. Not only did the mainstream... read more |

Police body cams, accountability and injustice
Alex Rosenblat, Jun 28, 2015

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat was interviewed for a CBC Radio segment concerning her work researching police body cameras. Over the past few years, there has been an increased call... read more | Read at CBC

How predictive policing changes law enforcement
Ingrid Burrington, Jun 28, 2015

D&S Artist-in-Residence Ingrid Burrington discusses predictive policing on CBC Radio. There’s been an increase in the use of data-driven policing tools to predict crime. The promise is better law... read more | Read at CBC

Can the internet make a better contribution to children’s opportunities and well-being?
Monica Bulger, Jun 25, 2015

read more | View on YouTube...

Emerging Responsible Data Questions for Human Rights and Human Security
Mark Latonero, Jun 22, 2015

In this guest blogpost for the Responsible Data Forum, D&S fellow Mark Latonero provides an overview of the issues and tensions addressed by the Data, Human Rights & Human... read more | Read at Responsible Data Forum

Data, Human Rights & Human Security
Mark Latonero, Zachary Gold, Jun 22, 2015

“In today’s global digital ecosystem, mobile phone cameras can document and distribute images of physical violence. Drones and satellites can assess disasters from afar. Big data collected from social... read more |

Report: Police Technology and Civil Rights Roundtable
Data & Society, Jun 19, 2015

On May 19, 2015 a group of about 20 individuals gathered at New America in Washington, DC for a discussion co-hosted by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human... read more |

Our metrics, ourselves: A hundred years of self-tracking from the weight scale to the wrist wearable device
Kate Crawford, Jessa Lingel, Tero Karppi, Jun 17, 2015

Abstract: “The recent proliferation of wearable self-tracking devices intended to regulate and measure the body has brought contingent questions of controlling, accessing and interpreting personal data. Given a socio-technical... read more | Download from European Journal of Cultural Studies

Listening Machines, and the whether, when and how of new technologies
Ethan Zuckerman, Jun 16, 2015

Excerpt: “As one of the speakers put it (we’re under Chatham House rules…), listening machines trigger all three aspects of the surveillance holy trinity: they’re pervasive, starting to appear... read more | Read on Ethan's blog

Do Not Fear The Robot Apocalypse
Baratunde Thurston, Jun 15, 2015

Excerpt: “With all due respect to the boldface AI worriers, do we need to invent a boogeyman from the future when we’ve got the present to worry about? Is... read more | Read at Fast Company

Will Our Smartphones Know Us Better Than Ourselves?
Hilary Mason, Jun 12, 2015

“On Monday, Apple revealed a more inquisitive Siri for iOS 9—a direct competitor to Android’s Google Now. Each smartphone feature seeks to anticipate your next move by offering up... read more | Listen at Science Friday

Sleights of Machine
Tim Hwang, Jun 12, 2015

D&S fellow Tim Hwang participated in a session on “Memory Holes and Security Blankets,” a discussion focusing on the legal and policy consequences of systems that process audio, at... read more | Download slide deck

Texas pool party: Would a police body camera have made a difference?
danah boyd, Alex Rosenblat, Jun 09, 2015

D&S Founder danah boyd and researcher Alex Rosenblat’s op-ed on body cameras was quoted in this piece by the Christian Science Monitor. “The temptation of technology as an accountability... read more | Read at CS Monitor

Data & Society Report on Activities, 2014-2015
Data & Society, Jun 08, 2015

Data & Society has grown in its first eighteen months to embrace a set of interrelated research initiatives; additional projects that stretch our collective work; and programs and network-building... read more |

It Tends To Annihilate Distance
Ingrid Burrington, Jun 03, 2015

D&S fellow Ingrid Burrington spoke at the 2015 Eyeo Festival: It Tends To Annihilate Distance – This is mostly a talk about making maps and staying human while living... read more | Watch at Eyeo 2015

Re: “Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem”
Data & Society, May 27, 2015

Data & Society submitted comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in response to their “Request for Comment on Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem.”... read more |

How Companies Turn Your Facebook Activity Into a Credit Score
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, May 27, 2015

D&S fellow Seeta Peña Gangadharan was quoted in this piece by The Nation discussing the future of data-driven discrimination. “The legal fight against discrimination (or, rather, the legal fight... read more | Read at The Nation

Might Intelligent Machines One Day Convince Us It’s Time to Die?
Tim Hwang, Madeleine Clare Elish, May 27, 2015

Data & Society’s Intelligence and Autonomy initiative commissioned authors to envision future scenarios for intelligent systems in four domains: medicine, labor, urban design, and warfare. The future scenario around... read more | Read at VICE Motherboard

What Amazon Taught the Cops
Ingrid Burrington, May 27, 2015

D&S artist in residence Ingrid Burrtington writes about the history of the term “predictive policing”, the pressures on police forces that are driving them to embrace data-driven policing, and... read more | Read at The Nation...

Students: The One Group Missing From Student Data Privacy Laws and Bills
danah boyd, May 26, 2015

D&S Founder danah boyd was quoted in this Huffington Post piece discussing student privacy. points out some other important considerations including the rights of economically disadvantaged children “who... read more | Read at Huffington Post

Watch this interactive documentary and learn how the Internet is judging us
Janet Vertesi, Kate Crawford, May 26, 2015

D&S affiliate Kate Crawford and advisor Janet Vertesi were interviewed in this Fusion piece exploring privacy. “Big data is getting creepy and it’s invading people’s lives more and more.... read more | Read at Fusion

The Counselor
Robin Sloan, May 25, 2015

Data & Society’s Intelligence and Autonomy initiative commissioned authors to envision future scenarios for intelligent systems in four domains: medicine, labor, urban design, and warfare. The future scenario around... read more |

Read at VICE Motherboard

The office is watching you
Karen Levy, May 22, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy was quoted in this Fast Company piece discussing surveillance of workers. Some research suggests that excessive monitoring can itself curb productivity and innovation, says Karen... read more | Read at Fast Company

Which Students Get to Have Privacy?
danah boyd, May 22, 2015

D&S founder danah boyd considers recent efforts at reforming laws around student privacy and what it would mean to actually consider the privacy rights of the most marginalized students.... read more | Read on Medium

Wiki Surveys: Open and Quantifiable Social Data Collection
Matthew J. Salganik, Karen E. C. Levy, May 20, 2015

“In the social sciences, there is a longstanding tension between data collection methods that facilitate quantification and those that are open to unanticipated information. Advances in technology now enable... read more | Read in PLOS ONE

The Minutes of Marshall Jones
Gideon Lichfield, May 19, 2015

D&S fellow Gideon Lichfield’s short story for the Police Technology and Civil Rights Roundtable: “The year is 2019, and body cams have become standard for patrol officers in most... read more |

Communication, Mediation, and the Expectations of Data: Data Valences Across Health and Wellness Communities
Brittany Fiore-Gartland, Gina Neff, May 18, 2015

“Communication technologies increasingly mediate data exchanges rather than human communication. We propose the term data valences to describe the differences in expectations that people have for data across different... read more | Read in International Journal of Communication

Civil Rights, Privacy, and Media Rights Groups Release Principles for Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras
Data & Society, May 15, 2015

“…a broad coalition of civil rights, privacy, and media rights organizations released shared civil rights principles for the use of body worn cameras by law... read more | Read at civilrights.org

It’s Not Too Late to Get Body Cameras Right
danah boyd, Alex Rosenblat, May 15, 2015

Excerpt: “Police-worn body cameras are coming. Support for them comes from stakeholders who often take opposing views. Law enforcement wants them, many politicians are pushing for them, and communities... read more | Read at The Atlantic

Bring on the Bots
Samuel Woolley, Tim Hwang, May 14, 2015

In this piece for Civic Hall’s Civicist, Samuel Woolley and D&S fellow Tim Hwang argue that “he failure of the ‘good bot’ is a failure of design, not a... read more | Read at Civicist

Networks of New York: An Internet Infrastructure Field Guide
Ingrid Burrington, May 12, 2015

D&S fellow Ingrid Burrington’s popular field guide which, in the style of an Audubon Society bird book, enumerates the street markings and network devices located throughout NYC’s public spaces.... read more | Order the guide

Platforms Intervene
Tarleton Gillespie, May 11, 2015

“Social media platforms don’t just guide, distort, and facilitate social activity, they also delete some of it. They don’t just link users together, they also suspend them. They don’t... read more | Read in Social Media + Society

Social Media: A Phenomenon to be Analyzed
danah boyd, May 11, 2015

“The phenomenon of ‘social media’ has more to do with its cultural positioning than its technological affordances. Rooted in the broader “Web 2.0” landscape, social media helped engineers, entrepreneurs,... read more | Read in Social Media + Society

A Radical Proposal for Putting People in Charge of Their Data
Baratunde Thurston, May 11, 2015

“I just spoke with Yves-Alexandre de ­Montjoye, a senior PhD student in computational privacy at the MIT Media Lab, and I’ve got some bad news about data and privacy. Then... read more | Read at Fast Company

How big data could reshape the American workforce
Alex Rosenblat, May 06, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this piece by Vice detailing how big data can change the American workforce. “There’s no such thing as raw data,” says Alex... read more |

Social Media, Financial Algorithms and the Hack Crash
Tero Karppi, Kate Crawford, May 04, 2015

‘@AP: Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured’. So read a tweet sent from a hacked Associated Press Twitter account @AP, which affected financial... read more | Read in Theory, Culture & Society

The Problem With Police Body Cameras
Janet A. Vertesi, May 04, 2015

“But as history tells us, camera evidence does not an indictment make.” D&S advisor, Janet Vertesi discusses the difficulty with visual evidence in criminal indictments and the power of... read more | Read at TIME

Algorithms Can Be Lousy Fortunetellers
Elana Zeide, May 04, 2015

One week D&S affiliate Elana Zeide is described by the new app Crystal as “a quick learner with strong analytical, creative, and social skills, but may seem scatter-brained, forgetful, and/or... read more | Read at Slate

Cities of Data: Examining the New Urban Science
Anthony Townsend, May 01, 2015

Abstract: “Since the very origins of urban planning in the late nineteenth century, the field has aspired to establish a firm scientific footing for the nature of cities, their... read more | Read at Wiley

Long Live Secrets on the Internet
Ethan Zuckerman, Apr 29, 2015

D&S advisor Ethan Zuckerman was quoted in this Atlantic piece discussing anonymous secrets on apps, such as Secret and Whisper. “Most of the new systems out there aren’t working... read more | Read at The Atlantic

Turning a Children’s Rating System Into an Advocacy Army
Joel Reidenberg, Apr 26, 2015

D&S affiliate Joel Reidenberg was quoted in this NYT piece exploring how the private sector’s interests intersects with the goals of edtech. “What you’re seeing is an organization pushing... read more | Read at NYT

What Sci-Fi Got Wrong About the Apple Watch: Vanity
Janet Vertesi, Apr 24, 2015

“James Bond had one. So did Maxwell Smart and Captain Kirk. Science fiction is littered with examples of heroes and villains barking orders into their wrists or pressing the... read more | Read at TIME

Stop Counting on Individuals To Solve California’s Water Crisis
Janet Vertesi, Apr 20, 2015

“Even if 50,000 people shorten their showers, this is a drop in the proverbial bucket.” The drought in California is a serious issue that needs to be addressed but... read more | Read at TIME

Why Using Facebook, Google, And Twitter To Log Into Apps Is A Problem
Baratunde Thurston, Apr 13, 2015

After his Facebook account was hacked, D&S advisor Baratunde Thurston saw the other side of allowing social media giants to access other websites, apps, and services. After sharing his take-aways... read more | Read at Fast Company

The Presentation of the Machine in Everyday Life
Karen Levy, Tim Hwang, Apr 11, 2015

“As policy concerns around intelligent and autonomous systems come to focus increasingly on transparency and usability, the time is ripe for an inquiry into the theater of autonomous systems.... read more | Watch at We Robot 2015

Back Stage at the Machine Theater
Karen Levy, Tim Hwang, Apr 10, 2015

D&S fellows Karen Levy and Tim Hwang ask after the ethics of design theater. Excerpt: “A machine’s front stage performance gets enacted through design. Just as a human provides... read more | Read at re:form

Are We Training Our Students to be Robots?
danah boyd, Apr 07, 2015

In this piece, D&S founder danah boyd considers the interwoven political and social goals of education and, in light of these goals, the different ways one can interpret the personalized... read more | Read on Medium...

Bot Benediction, 2015
Ingrid Burrington, Apr 03, 2015

Bots are slippery and weird and not particularly monetizable–which is part of what makes them magic and what maybe puts them at risk. In this article D&S fellow Ingrid Burrington... read more | Read at Source

Does literacy improve finance?
Martha Poon, Helaine Olen, Apr 01, 2015

Abstract: When economists ask questions about basic financial principles, most ordinary people answer incorrectly. Economic experts call this condition “financial illiteracy,” which suggests that poor financial outcomes are due... read more | Read in Public Understanding of Science

Researching children’s rights globally in the digital age
Sonia Livingstone, Jasmina Byrne, Monica Bulger, Apr 01, 2015

D&S researcher Monica Bulger, Sonia Livingstone, and Jasmina Byrne wrote up a summary Report of a seminar held on February, 12-14 2015 at the London School of Economics and... read more | Read the full report here...

Federal Awards for Libraries and Library Training Announced
Data & Society, Mar 31, 2015

“Brooklyn Public Library, in partnership with the Metropolitan New York Library Council, New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, and the Data & Society Research Institute, will promote digital privacy... read more | Read at IMLS

The Contexts of Control: Information, Power, and Truck-Driving Work
Karen Levy, Mar 19, 2015

“This article examines the implications of electronic monitoring systems for organizational information flows and worker control, in the context of the U.S. trucking industry. Truckers, a spatially dispersed group... read more | Read in The Information Society

What Will Be America’s First Car-Free City?
Anthony Townsend, Mar 19, 2015

“Walkable doesn’t immediately translate into ‘car-free.’ Driving in Boston might be a terrible experience, but the city’s public transit system can’t be relied on, either (as this winter amply... read more | Read at NYmag

Invasion of the Algorithms
Karen Levy, Mar 19, 2015

“Algorithms are a part of our daily lives, impacting everything from our Internet searches, to our credit scores, healthcare and policing. As they become more ubiquitous, The Agenda asks... read more | Watch at The Agenda

How Police Body Cameras Were Designed to Get Cops Off the Hook
Alex Rosenblat, Mar 16, 2015

“Despite the Rialto study and several others, there’s still not a broad body of data on how police body cams affect police behavior and community responses. The state of... read more | Read at Gizmodo

‘Als je Amsterdam eenmaal beleeft als smart city, is het moeilijk teruggaan’
Anthony Townsend, Mar 15, 2015

“Nu even concreet; hoe ziet dat eruit? “ Dat is moeilijk te zeggen. Maar we hebben het online niet op orde en we sluiten de wereld... read more | Read at Het PAROOL

Managers Turn to Computer Games, Aiming for More Efficient Employees
Karen Levy, Mar 15, 2015

“Karen Levy, a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute…recently completed a three-year study on performance tracking in a decidedly old-line business: trucking. Over the last two decades,... read more | Read at NYT

Media Literacy & Data Literacy discussion with Renee Hobbs & Monica Bulger
Monica Bulger, Mar 10, 2015

D&S researcher Monica Bulger participated in a discussion about Media Literacy & Data Literacy. read more | https://vimeo.com/121852691

The Failed Attempt to Destroy GPS
Ingrid Burrington, Mar 05, 2015

“The accelerated age buries technological origin stories beneath endless piles of timestamped data. When people lose sight of these origin stories, they do a disservice to our technologies and... read more | Read at The Atlantic

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces Top Data Leaders to Join New Data Advisory Council
danah boyd, Mar 04, 2015

“U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the members of the new Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC), who include 19 of the best and brightest private and public... read more | Read at DOC

A Field Guide to the Internet Infrastructure That Hides in Plain Sight
Ingrid Burrington, Feb 26, 2015

“The internet is everywhere. In another, more concrete way, it’s inside massive, anonymous buildings and beneath city streets, marked by special manhole covers and cryptic, colorful symbols. “... read more | Read at Wired

Soon American highways could be overrun with self-driving trucks
Anthony Townsend, Feb 25, 2015

“In the study’s ‘Growth’ scenario, Townsend sees a push for self-driving trucks partly as a result of converging economic, technological, and regulatory factors. In this world,... read more | Read at Quartz

Will Body Cameras Further Erode Freedoms In Heavily Policed Neighborhoods?
Alexandra Mateescu, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Feb 24, 2015

“But the devices are no panacea, as research institute Data & Society reminds us in a report published today. Authors Alexandra Mateescu, Alex Rosenblat and danah boyd suggest that... read more | Read at Fast Company

Praise the Machine! Punish the Human! The Contradictory History of Accountability in Automated Aviation
Madeleine Clare Elish, Tim Hwang, Feb 24, 2015

Abstract: What will happen to current regimes of liability when driverless cars become commercially available? What happens when there is no human actor—only a computational agent—responsible for an accident?... read more |

The computer algorithms that run our lives
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Feb 23, 2015

“Seeta Gangadharan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Open Technology Institute in Washington DC . She discusses the automated systems, known as algorithms, that are... read more | Listen at Radio New Zealand

Interview with Alondra Nelson: Race + Gender + Technology + Medicine
Alondra Nelson, Feb 18, 2015

“ Dr. Alondra Nelson studies gender and black studies at the intersection of science, technology, and medicine. She is the author of numerous articles, including, ‘Bio Science: Genetic... read more | Listen at JSTOR

Technology and Labor Trafficking in a Network Society
Mark Latonero, Bronwyn Wex, Meredith Dank, Feb 13, 2015

D&S Fellow Mark Latonero and colleagues at USC Annenberg recently released a report on technology and labor trafficking. From USC Annenberg: Migrant workers who are isolated from technology and... read more |

What Does The Internet Look Like?
Ingrid Burrington, Feb 06, 2015

“‘It became increasingly clear that part of the reason we didn’t have good visuals for explaining how online surveillance works was that we didn’t even have good visuals for... read more | Read at Gothamist

Cyberfeminists Go Deep on Big Data, Privacy, and Surveillance
Ingrid Burrington, Feb 03, 2015

“Writer, cartographer, and artist Ingrid Burrington details her research into and mapping of the physical infrastructure of the mystical internet. Showing responses to Freedom of Information Act... read more | Read at Hyperallergic

Surfing, streams and clouds – the dangers of digital metaphor
Karen Levy, Tim Hwang, Feb 01, 2015

“According to Karen Levy and Tim Hwang, the metaphors we use to describe our digital life matter, because the metaphors we use have baggage. In a recent... read more | Listen at CBC Spark

Big Data and Human Rights, a New and Sometimes Awkward Relationship
Mark Latonero, Jan 28, 2015

“‘The application of big data in the human rights domain is still really in its infancy,’ said Mark Latonero, research director and professor at the USC Annenberg Center on... read more | Read at AAAS news

Would You Share Private Data for the Good of City Planning?
Anthony Townsend, Jan 27, 2015

“As the data accumulates, these traffic schemas acquire a third dimension: They show a city changing not just from day to night, but from year to year. Using cellphone... read more | Read at Next City

‘The Cloud’ and Other Dangerous Metaphors
Tim Hwang, Karen Levy, Jan 20, 2015

Excerpt: “What’s more, metaphors matter because they shape laws and policies about data collection and use. As technology advances, law evolves (slowly, and somewhat clumsily) to accommodate new technologies... read more | Read at The Atlantic

A New Think Tank on Data and Society Is Off to a Great Start, Thanks to Heavy-Weight Backers
Data & Society, Jan 16, 2015

“The Data & Society Research Institute is a new, ‘think/do’ tank based in New York that is dedicated to tackling ‘the social, cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric... read more | Read at Inside Philanthropy

The All-Women Hacker Collective Making Art About the Post-Snowden Age
Ingrid Burrington, Jan 12, 2015

“A chapter in the book compiled by data artist Ingrid Burrington is comprised of 20 pages listing objects pulled from the Pentagon’s 1033 program—which has supplied military... read more | Read at VICE Motherboard

Social Media Ethics
danah boyd, Jan 09, 2015

“Some social media companies—including Facebook—have run experiments to learn what influences user behavior. Many of these experiments have troubled both social media users and privacy advocates, who worry that... read more | Watch at PBS

How Do You Get Shit Done?
Karen Levy, Jan 09, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy was interviewed in this piece by The Hairpin and described how she gets big projects out of the way. How do I get shit done?... read more | Read at The Hairpin

Sexting, Minors, and US Legislation: When Laws Intended to Protect Have Unintended Consequences
Monica Bulger, Jan 03, 2015

D&S researcher Monica Bulger considers how existing child pornography laws address (or fail to address) the phenomenon of sexting, in which minors produce sexually explicit images of themselves to... read more | Read on Medium...

When Fitbit Is the Expert Witness
Kate Crawford, Nov 19, 2014

Data & Society affiliate Kate Crawford comments on a court case in which a law firm is using data from a plaintiff’s Fitbit in support of her personal injury... read more | Read at The Atlantic

Smart Cities Will Take Many Forms
Anthony Townsend, Nov 18, 2014

“What does a city taken over by computers—or perhaps smartphones—look like? “ ‘A city that’s taken over by computers designed by a big technology company is... read more | Read at MIT Tech Review

Forget self-driving cars; we should be focusing on self-driving buses
Greg Lindsay, Anthony Townsend, Nov 02, 2014

Self driving cars are no longer in our distant future, they’re here and they’re becoming more independent however, D&S fellow Anthony Townsend and NYU colleague, Greg Lindsay argue that... read more | Read at Quartz

Data & Civil Rights: Criminal Justice Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Discrimination and racial disparities persist at every stage of the U.S. criminal justice system, from policing to trials to sentencing. The United States incarcerates a higher percentage of its... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Education Primer
Andrea Alarcon, Elana Zeide, Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Many education reformers see the merging of student data, predictive analytics, processing tools, and technology-based instruction as the key to the future of education and a means to further... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Consumer Finance Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Rob Randhava, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

New data analytics tools, predictive technologies, and an increasingly available range of data sources have enabled new financial instruments and services to be developed, but access to high-quality services... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Housing Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Data has always played an important role in housing policies, practices, and financing. Housing advocates worry that new sources of data are being used to extend longstanding discriminatory practices,... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Employment Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

The complexity of hiring algorithms which fold all kinds of data into scoring systems make it difficult to detect and therefore challenge hiring decisions, even when outputs appear to... read more |

Rape Is Not a Data Problem
Karen Levy, Oct 30, 2014

In this piece, Data & Society fellow Karen Levy criticizes the oversimplifications of technological tools that attempt to “solve” rape. “It’s encouraging to see techies trying to address knotty... read more | Read at The Atlantic

Data & Civil Rights: Technology Primer
Solon Barocas, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Data have assumed a significant role in routine decisions about access, eligibility, and opportunity across a variety of domains. These are precisely the kinds of decisions that have long... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Health Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Data plays a central role in both medicine and insurance, enabling advances and creating new challenges. Although legislative efforts have attempted to protect the privacy of people’s health data,... read more |

What Lies Beneath the Surface: Infrastructure Groundtruth with Ingrid Burrington
Ingrid Burrington, Oct 28, 2014

“In this episode, I talk with Ingrid Burrington, a researcher and artist using technology and mapping to explore interesting, often unseen places. I met Ingrid at an... read more | Listen to OKCast

They’re Tracking When You Turn Off the Lights
Anthony Townsend, Oct 20, 2014

Excerpt: “Municipal sensor networks offer big opportunities, but they also carry risks. In turning personal habits into digital contrails, the technology may tempt authorities to misuse it. While academics... read more | Read at WSJ

Designer or journalist: Who shapes the news you read in your favorite apps?
Mike Ananny, Kate Crawford, Oct 10, 2014

Today, press ethics are intertwined with platform design ethics, and press freedom is shared with software designers. The people at Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and elsewhere have a new and significant role in how... read more | Read at Neiman Lab

Future of Labor: Networked Employment Discrimination
Alex Rosenblat, Tamara Kneese, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

As businesses begin implementing algorithms to sort through applicants and use third party services to assess the quality of candidates based on their networks, personality tests, and other scores,... read more |

Future of Labor: Technologically Mediated Artisanal Production
Tamara Kneese, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

From 3D printing to maker culture, there’s a rise of technical practices that resist large industrial and corporate modes of production, similar to what is occurring in artisanal food... read more |

Future of Labor: Understanding Fair Labor Practices in a Networked Age
Tamara Kneese, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

Unionization emerged as a way of protecting labor rights when society shifted from an agricultural ecosystem to one shaped by manufacturing and industrial labor. New networked work complicates the... read more |

Future of Labor: Workplace Surveillance
Alex Rosenblat, Tamara Kneese, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

Employers have long devised techniques and used new technologies to surveil employees in order to increase efficiency, decrease theft, and otherwise assert power and control over subordinates. New and... read more |

Future of Labor: Understanding Intelligent Systems
Alex Rosenblat, Tamara Kneese, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

Science fiction has long imagined a workforce reshaped by robots, but the increasingly common instantiation of intelligent systems in business is much more mundane. Beyond the utopian and dystopian... read more |

Helen Nissenbaum on Ad Nauseum, resistance through obfuscation, and weapons of the weak
Ethan Zuckerman, Oct 06, 2014

In this blog post, D&S Ethan Zuckerman discusses some of the recent work being done by Helen Nissenbaum. While also being a leading thinker on the ethical issues faced... read more |

Interview with Bonnie Tijerina
Bonnie Tijerina, Oct 01, 2014

Excerpt: “ Bonnie Tijerina: ‘Right now I am working on creating resources for digital privacy literacy, helping to ensure our communities are aware of the rights they give... read more | Read at The Charleston Advisor

Web We Want Festival | The Myth Of The Digital Native
Monica Bulger, Oct 01, 2014

D&S researcher Monica Bulger appeared in the Myth of the Digital Native panel for the Web We Want Festival. read more | Read on YouTube...

Smartphone Encryption Restores Public Trust in Technology
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Sep 30, 2014

In this op-ed, Data & Society fellow Seeta Peña Gangadharan argues that privacy-as-default features “help restore public trust in technology as a tool to improve our lives and collectively... read more | Read at NYT

Response to ten year review of WSIS implementation
Monica Bulger, Sep 30, 2014

D&S researcher Monica Bulger with Sonia Livingstone wrote a response to the the ten year review of the WSIS implementation. There is much room for improvement to achieve the... read more | Read on LSE...

Donald Mackenzie’s latest in the LRB
Martha Poon, Sep 19, 2014

Pointing to an essay on high-frequency trading by Donald Mackenzie, D&S fellow Martha Poon comments on the tension between technologies accommodating “a variety of social visions” and available choices... read more | Read at Socializing Finance

FTC warns of using big data to exclude consumers
danah boyd, Sep 15, 2014

Excerpt: “Dixon and Danah Boyd , a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, both noted that the big data industry is in many ways in its infancy. Many... read more | Read at PCWorld

The Trafficking-Technology Nexus
Jennifer Lynne Musto, danah boyd, Sep 12, 2014

Within some public policy and scholarly accounts, human trafficking is increasingly understood as a technological problem that invites collaborative anti-trafficking solutions. A growing cohort of state, non-governmental, and corporate... read more | Read in Social Politics

Data Empathy: Learning from health care
Gina Neff, Sep 05, 2014

Nude pictures of celebrities stolen from their own iCloud accounts. Facebook experimenting with the emotions in their users’ feeds. Google reading Gmail before their users do. Fitness trackers without privacy policies,... read more | Read on Medium

What is “fairness”?
danah boyd, Sep 03, 2014

Fairness is one of those values that Americans love to espouse. It’s just as beloved in technical circles, where it’s often introduced as one of the things that “neutral” computers do... read more | Read at the MESSAGE

Celebrity Nude Photo Hack Exposes Flaw In How We Think About Privacy and the Cloud
Janet Vertesi, Sep 02, 2014

In this op-ed, Data & Society advisor Janet Vertesi highlights a systemic tension in our current understanding of data privacy: “We are all supposed to be solely responsible for... read more | Read at TIME

Why big data has some big problems when it comes to public policy
Mark Latonero, Aug 28, 2014

Excerpt: “ Mark Latonero, who heads up the University of Southern California’s Technology & Human Trafficking project, spoke about the work his team is doing to try and... read more | Read at GigaOm

Hilary Mason Turns Big Data into Plain English
Hilary Mason, Aug 21, 2014

D&S Affiliate Hilary Mason was profiled by OZY in this article discussing her work in big data. Two degrees and several tech jobs later, Mason has become a leading... read more | Read at OZY

Ingrid Burrington – Where the Internet is Located
Ingrid Burrington, Aug 16, 2014

D&S Artist-in-Residence Ingrid Burrington presented her work analyzing the infrastructure of the internet at The Conference. “Infrastructure is only something you notice when it stops working.” Internet is more... read more | Watch at The Conference

Re: “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?”
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, danah boyd, Solon Barocas, Aug 15, 2014

In this letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), New American Foundation’s Open Technology Institute is joined by Data & Society and Solon Barocas, an independent researcher, in asking... read more | Download from FTC

The Internet’s Original Sin
Ethan Zuckerman, Aug 14, 2014

In this essay, Data & Society advisor Ethan Zuckerman explains his belief that the “fallen state of our Internet is a direct, if unintentional, consequence of choosing advertising as... read more | Read at The Atlantic

The Dangers of High-Tech Profiling, Using Big Data
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Aug 07, 2014

In this op-ed, Data & Society fellow Seeta Peña Gangadharan argues that the “rise of commercial data profiling is exacerbating existing inequities in society and could turn de facto... read more | Read at NYT

Networked privacy: How teenagers negotiate context in social media
Alice Marwick, danah boyd, Jul 21, 2014

Abstract: While much attention is given to young people’s online privacy practices on sites like Facebook, current theories of privacy fail to account for the ways in which social... read more | Download from New Media & Society

To fight trucker fatigue, focus on economics, not electronics
Karen Levy, Jul 15, 2014

In this op-ed, Data & Society fellow Karen Levy discusses mandating electronic monitoring of truck drivers as a way to address unsafe practices in trucking. She argues that “electronic... read more | Read at LAT

To fight trucker fatigue, focus on economics, not electronics
Karen Levy, Jul 15, 2014

D&S fellow Karen Levy writes about the nation’s trucking system and the need for reform. Based on her three years of research around trucker’s compliance with federal regulations, she... read more | Read on The LA Times...

Re: “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks”
danah boyd, Kate Crawford, Ed Felten, Tarleton Gillespie, Micah Sifry, Anthony Townsend, Janet Vertesi, Jul 09, 2014

Data & Society community members wrote individually about “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks” (PNAS 2014 111 (24) 8788-8790) and the public controversy surrounding the study.... read more |

Evidence on the extent of harms experienced by children as a result of online risks: implications for policy and research
Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova, Victoria Jane Nash, Monica Bulger, Jul 08, 2014

Abstract: Intense media and policy focus on issues of online child protection have prompted a resurgence of moral panics about children and adolescents’ Internet use, with frequent confounding of... read more | Read in Information, Communication & Society

The Anxieties of Big Data
Kate Crawford, May 30, 2014

In this essay Data & Society affiliate Kate Crawford asks, “What does the lived reality of Big Data feel like?” She offers “surveillant anxiety — the fear that all... read more | Read at TNI

Networked Rights and Networked Harms
Karen Levy, danah boyd, May 14, 2014

(Conference draft). “Networked Rights and Networked Harms.” Presented at Privacy Law School Conference (June 6, 2014) and Data & Discrimination (May 14, 2014). The goal of this paper (far... read more |

My Experiment Opting Out of Big Data Made Me Look Like a Criminal
Janet Vertesi, May 01, 2014

In this op-ed, Data & Society advisor Janet Vertesi argues that opting out of personal data collection is not a simple or straightforward way to have privacy from marketers... read more | Read in TIME

Primer: Inferences and Connections
Data & Society, Mar 17, 2014

Data-oriented systems are inferring relationships between people based on genetic material, behavioral patterns (e.g., shared geography imputed by phone carriers), and performed associations (e.g., “friends” online or shared photographs).... read more |

Primer: Data Supply Chains
Data & Society, Mar 17, 2014

As data moves between actors and organizations, what emerges is a data supply chain. Unlike manufacturing supply chains, transferred data is often duplicated in the process, challenging the essence... read more |

Primer: Inequalities and Asymmetries
Data & Society, Mar 17, 2014

The availability of data is not evenly distributed. Some organizations, agencies, and sectors are better equipped to gather, use, and analyze data than others. If data is transformative, what... read more |

Primer: Algorithmic Accountability
Data & Society, Mar 17, 2014

Accountability is fundamentally about checks and balances to power. In theory, both government and corporations are kept accountable through social, economic, and political mechanisms. Journalism and public advocates serve... read more |

Primer: Predicting Human Behavior
Data & Society, Mar 17, 2014

Countless highly accurate predictions can be made from trace data, with varying degrees of personal or societal consequence (e.g., search engines predict hospital admission, gaming companies can predict compulsive... read more |

Primer: Interpretation Gone Wrong
Data & Society, Mar 17, 2014

Just because data can be made more accessible to broader audiences does not mean that those people are equipped to interpret what they see. Limited topical knowledge, statistical skills,... read more |

Big Data and Due Process: Toward a Framework to Redress Predictive Privacy Harms
Kate Crawford, Jason Schultz, Jan 29, 2014

Abstract: The rise of “Big Data” analytics in the private sector poses new challenges for privacy advocates. Through its reliance on existing data and predictive analysis to create detailed... read more | Download from BCLR

Stranded: Baratunde Thurston on Why We Need an App Users’ Bill of Rights
Baratunde Thurston, Jan 13, 2014

“As consumers we’ve been told that we’re in charge, so we enjoy the ritual, even though it’s exhausting. We even decide when we’ll opt out. But what happens when... read more | Read at Fast Company

Reflections on the ‘Black Mirror’
Baratunde Thurston, Nov 18, 2013

Stop whatever you are binge watching and check out the British television show Black Mirror, in this article D&S advisor Baratunde Thurston explains why. read more | Read at Fast Company

It’s Not Privacy, and It’s Not Fair
Cynthia Dwork, Deirdre K. Mulligan, Sep 03, 2013

In the Stanford Law Review symposium issue on privacy and big data (September 2013), Cynthia Dwork and Data & Society advisor Deirdre Mulligan argue that “privacy controls and increased... read more | Read at SLR Online

Six Provocations for Big Data
danah boyd, Kate Crawford, Sep 21, 2011

This essay offers a multi-discplinary social analysis of the “Big Data” phenomenon with the goal of sparking a conversation, and it continues to provide a point of reference for... read more | Download from SSRN

Supporting Ethical Data Research: An Exploratory Study of Emerging Issues in Big Data and Technical Research
danah boyd, Emily F. Keller, Bonnie Tijerina, Sep 19, 2016

In the era of big data, how do researchers ethically collect, analyze, and store data? danah boyd, Emily F. Keller, and Bonnie Tijerina explore this question and examine issues... read more |

Advertising in Schools
Maxwell Foxman, Alexandra Mateescu, Monica Bulger, Sep 08, 2016

Debates over digital advertising in schools have inherited the frames through which older, pre-digital forms of advertising have been conceptualized, and have also been characterized as departing from them... read more |

The Myth of Accountability: How Data (Mis)Use is Reinforcing the Problems of Public Education
Claire Fontaine, Aug 08, 2016

In this primer, D&S researcher Claire Fontaine examines the construct of accountability as it functions in discussions around education reform in the American public education system. The paper considers the... read more |

Personalized Learning: The Conversations We’re Not Having
Monica Bulger, Jul 26, 2016

In this primer, D&S researcher Monica Bulger defines the boundaries of “personalized learning,” explores the needs that various personalized learning systems aim to meet, and highlights the tensions between... read more |

Mediation, Automation, Power
Robyn Caplan, danah boyd, May 13, 2016

Who controls - and who should control - the public sphere in an era of algorithms? read more |

Who Controls the Public Sphere in an Era of Algorithms? Questions and Assumptions
Laura Reed, danah boyd, May 13, 2016

In this background primer, D&S Research Analyst Laura Reed and D&S Founder danah boyd situate the current debate around the role of technology in the public sphere within a... read more |

Who Controls the Public Sphere in an Era of Algorithms: Case Studies
Laura Reed, Robyn Caplan, May 13, 2016

A collection of case studies that explores how algorithmic media is shaping the public sphere across a variety of dimensions, including the changing role of the journalism industry, the... read more |

Police Body-Worn Cameras – Updated
Alexandra Mateescu, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd (with support from Jenna Leventoff and David Robinson), Oct 27, 2015

In the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown in August 2014, as well as the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri and around the country, there has been... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Open Data, the Criminal Justice System, and the Police Data Initiative
Robyn Caplan, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

Public calls for data and transparency about police actions have increased in light of widely publicized incidents and patterns of police violence. Opening more data to the public about... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Social Media Surveillance and Law Enforcement
Alexandra Mateescu, Douglas Brunton, Alex Rosenblat, Desmond Patton, Zachary Gold, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

According to a 2014 LexisNexis online survey, eighty percent of federal, state, and local law enforcement professionals use social media platforms as an intelligence gathering tool, but most lack... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Criminal Justice and Civil Rights Primer
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Oct 27, 2015

New technology has provided an increasingly ubiquitous tool with the potential to build trust between police and the communities they serve and help enhance accountability and transparency in policing... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Courts and Predictive Algorithms
Angèle Christin, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

One of the most striking innovations in the criminal justice system during the past thirty years has been the introduction of actuarial methods – statistical models and software programs... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Biometric Technologies in Policing
Robyn Caplan, Ifeoma Ajunwa, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

Biometric technologies are rapidly finding use in a variety of policing contexts, and their use is expected to grow as these technologies become more accurate, cost-effective and accessible to... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Predictive Policing
Sarah Brayne, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

Predictive policing refers to the use of analytical techniques to make statistical predictions about potential criminal activity. The basic underlying assumption of predictive policing is that crime is not... read more |

Peer-to-Peer Lending
Alexandra Mateescu, Jul 01, 2015

“The collapse of the financial system starting in 2008 shattered public confidence in the traditional intermediaries of the financial system – the regulated banks. Not only did the mainstream... read more |

Data, Human Rights & Human Security
Mark Latonero, Zachary Gold, Jun 22, 2015

“In today’s global digital ecosystem, mobile phone cameras can document and distribute images of physical violence. Drones and satellites can assess disasters from afar. Big data collected from social... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Criminal Justice Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Discrimination and racial disparities persist at every stage of the U.S. criminal justice system, from policing to trials to sentencing. The United States incarcerates a higher percentage of its... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Education Primer
Andrea Alarcon, Elana Zeide, Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Many education reformers see the merging of student data, predictive analytics, processing tools, and technology-based instruction as the key to the future of education and a means to further... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Consumer Finance Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Rob Randhava, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

New data analytics tools, predictive technologies, and an increasingly available range of data sources have enabled new financial instruments and services to be developed, but access to high-quality services... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Housing Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Data has always played an important role in housing policies, practices, and financing. Housing advocates worry that new sources of data are being used to extend longstanding discriminatory practices,... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Employment Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

The complexity of hiring algorithms which fold all kinds of data into scoring systems make it difficult to detect and therefore challenge hiring decisions, even when outputs appear to... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Technology Primer
Solon Barocas, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Data have assumed a significant role in routine decisions about access, eligibility, and opportunity across a variety of domains. These are precisely the kinds of decisions that have long... read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Health Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Data plays a central role in both medicine and insurance, enabling advances and creating new challenges. Although legislative efforts have attempted to protect the privacy of people’s health data,... read more |

Future of Labor: Networked Employment Discrimination
Alex Rosenblat, Tamara Kneese, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

As businesses begin implementing algorithms to sort through applicants and use third party services to assess the quality of candidates based on their networks, personality tests, and other scores,... read more |

Future of Labor: Technologically Mediated Artisanal Production
Tamara Kneese, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

From 3D printing to maker culture, there’s a rise of technical practices that resist large industrial and corporate modes of production, similar to what is occurring in artisanal food... read more |

Future of Labor: Understanding Fair Labor Practices in a Networked Age
Tamara Kneese, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

Unionization emerged as a way of protecting labor rights when society shifted from an agricultural ecosystem to one shaped by manufacturing and industrial labor. New networked work complicates the... read more |

Future of Labor: Workplace Surveillance
Alex Rosenblat, Tamara Kneese, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

Employers have long devised techniques and used new technologies to surveil employees in order to increase efficiency, decrease theft, and otherwise assert power and control over subordinates. New and... read more |

Future of Labor: Understanding Intelligent Systems
Alex Rosenblat, Tamara Kneese, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

Science fiction has long imagined a workforce reshaped by robots, but the increasingly common instantiation of intelligent systems in business is much more mundane. Beyond the utopian and dystopian... read more |

Primer: Inferences and Connections
Data & Society, Mar 17, 2014

Data-oriented systems are inferring relationships between people based on genetic material, behavioral patterns (e.g., shared geography imputed by phone carriers), and performed associations (e.g., “friends” online or shared photographs).... read more |

Primer: Data Supply Chains
Data & Society, Mar 17, 2014

As data moves between actors and organizations, what emerges is a data supply chain. Unlike manufacturing supply chains, transferred data is often duplicated in the process, challenging the essence... read more |

Primer: Inequalities and Asymmetries
Data & Society, Mar 17, 2014

The availability of data is not evenly distributed. Some organizations, agencies, and sectors are better equipped to gather, use, and analyze data than others. If data is transformative, what... read more |

Primer: Algorithmic Accountability
Data & Society, Mar 17, 2014

Accountability is fundamentally about checks and balances to power. In theory, both government and corporations are kept accountable through social, economic, and political mechanisms. Journalism and public advocates serve... read more |

Primer: Predicting Human Behavior
Data & Society, Mar 17, 2014

Countless highly accurate predictions can be made from trace data, with varying degrees of personal or societal consequence (e.g., search engines predict hospital admission, gaming companies can predict compulsive... read more |

Primer: Interpretation Gone Wrong
Data & Society, Mar 17, 2014

Just because data can be made more accessible to broader audiences does not mean that those people are equipped to interpret what they see. Limited topical knowledge, statistical skills,... read more |

Why media companies insist they’re not media companies, why they’re wrong, and why it matters
Philip Napoli, Robyn Caplan, May 01, 2017

Philip Napoli and D&S researcher Robyn Caplan write on why companies like Google and Facebook insist that they are merely tech companies with no media impact, and why they...
read more | Read on First Monday...

Ten simple rules for responsible big data research
Matthew Zook, Solon Barocas, danah boyd, Kate Crawford, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Alyssa Goodman, Rachelle Hollander, Barbara A. Koenig, Jacob Metcalf, Arvind Narayanan, Alondra Nelson, Frank Pasquale, Mar 30, 2017

As the size and complexity of available datasets has grown, so too have the ethical questions raised by big data research.
read more | Read more on PLOS Computational Biology...

Privacy, Poverty and Big Data: A Matrix of Vulnerabilities for Poor Americans
Mary Madden, Michele E. Gilman, Karen Levy, Alice E. Marwick, Mar 11, 2017

An examination on how poor Americans are impacted by privacy violations with discussion on how to protect digital privacy for the vulnerable.
read more | Read on SSRN...

Where policy and practice collide: Comparing United States, South African and European Union approaches to protecting children online
Monica Bulger, Patrick Burton, Brian O’Neill, Elisabeth Staksrud, Jan 16, 2017

D&S researcher Monica Bulger, with Patrick Burton, Brian O’Neill, and Elisabeth Staksrud, writes “Where policy and practice collide: Comparing United States, South African and European Union approaches to protecting...
read more | Read on Sage Journals...

There is a blind spot in AI research
Kate Crawford, Ryan Calo, Oct 13, 2016

D&S affiliate Kate Crawford, with Ryan Calo, wrote this piece discussing risks in AI. Artificial intelligence presents a cultural shift as much as a technical one. This is similar...
read more | Read on Nature...

Health and Big Data: An Ethical Framework for Health Information Collection by Corporate Wellness Programs
Ifeoma Ajunwa, Kate Crawford, Joel Ford, Sep 12, 2016

D&S affiliates Ifeoma Ajunwa and Kate Crawford, with Joel Ford, co-wrote this piece discussing how big data is used in wellness programs instituted by large corporations and how that...
read more | Read on SSRN...

Meaning and Persuasion: The Personal Computer and Economic Education
Caroline Jack, Sep 01, 2016

D&S post-doctoral scholar Caroline Jack analyzes the history of how businesses donated personal computers to classrooms as a way to engage students. In late 1982, the corporate-funded business education...
read more | Read on Computer.Org

Undoing the neutrality of big data
danah boyd, Aug 10, 2016

The mythology surrounding “big data” rests on the notion that technical systems can increase efficiency and decrease bias. Such “neutral” systems are supposedly good for implementing legal logic because,...
read more | Read on Florida Law Review...

Algorithmic Labor and Information Asymmetries: A Case Study of Uber’s Drivers
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 31, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark published a case study of Uber drivers and highlight the information and power asymmetries produced by the Uber application. Abstract is below....
read more | Read on IJoC...

Big Data Analytics and Revision of the Common Rule
Jacob Metcalf, Jul 15, 2016

D&S researcher Jacob Metcalf writes “Big Data Analytics and Revision of the Common Rule”. Abstract is below: “Big data” is a major technical advance in terms of computing expense,...
read more | Read on ACM...

Algorithmically recognizable: Santorum’s Google problem, and Google’s Santorum problem
Tarleton Gillespie, Jul 12, 2016

D&S advisor Tarleton Gillespie writes “Algorithmically recognizable: Santorum’s Google problem, and Google’s Santorum problem”. Abstract is below: Because information algorithms make judgments that can have powerful consequences, those interested in...
read more | Read on T&F online...

Corporate Capitalism and the Growing Power of Big Data: Review Essay
Martha Poon, Jun 01, 2016

D&S fellow and technical writer Martha Poon responds to Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier’s Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, challenging their premise...
read more | Read at Science, Technology, & Human Values

Where are Human Subjects in Big Data Research? The Emerging Ethics Divide
Jake Metcalf, Kate Crawford, May 14, 2016

D&S Researcher Jake Metcalf and D&S Affiliate Kate Crawford examine the growing discontinuities between research practices of data science and established tools of research ethics regulation. Abstract: There are...
read more | Read at Big Data and Society

Dreams of Accountability, Guaranteed Surveillance: The Promises and Costs of Body-Worn Cameras
Alexandra Mateescu, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, May 10, 2016

Researchers Alexandra Mateescu and Alex Rosenblat published a paper with D&S Founder danah boyd examine police-worn body cameras and their potential to provide avenues for police accountability and foster...
read more | Read at Surveillance & Society

Student Data Privacy: Going Beyond Compliance
Elana Zeide, May 09, 2016

In a piece written for the National Association of State Boards of Education journal, The State Education Standard, D&S affiliate Elana Zeide writes about student data privacy and the...
read more | Read at The State Education Standard

Machine-learning-assisted materials discovery using failed experiments
Sorelle A. Friedler, Paul Raccuglia, Katherine C. Elbert, Philip D.F. Adler, Casey Falk, Malia B. Wenny, Aurelio Mollo, Matthias Zeller, May 05, 2016

D&S fellow Sorelle Friedler’s latest research appears in Nature. She and her team document their creation of a machine-learning algorithm that accurately predicts new ways to make crystals.  The team...
read more | Read at Nature

When open data is a Trojan Horse: The weaponization of transparency in science and governance
Karen Levy, Dave Johns, Mar 25, 2016

In this Big Data & Society commentary, Karen Levy and Dave Johns suggest that “legislative efforts that invoke the language of data transparency can sometimes function as ‘Trojan Horses’...
read more | Read in Big Data & Society

From daguerreotypes to algorithms: machines, expertise, and three forms of objectivity
Angèle Christin, Mar 01, 2016

Abstract: What claims are made about the objectivity of machines versus that of human experts? Whereas most current debates focus on the growing impact of algorithms in the age...
read more | Download from the ACM DL

Digital surveillance in the hypermasculine workplace
Karen Levy, Feb 25, 2016

In this commentary, D&S fellow Karen Levy’s considers the gendered dimensions of shifting cultures of work in response to the growing demands of the technologized/mediated workplace. She also explores...
read more | Read on Feminist Media Studies...

I Know God’s Got a Day 4 Me
Desmond U. Patton et al, Dec 13, 2015

Abstract: Trauma-based interventions are common in mental health practice, and yet there is a gap in services because social media has created new ways of managing trauma. Practitioners identify...
read more | Read at Social Science Computer Review

Sex, Scandals, and Celebrities”: Exploring the Determinants of Popularity in Online News.
Angèle Christin, Nov 23, 2015

Abstract: What kinds of articles are read most often on news websites? In web newsrooms, journalists now have access to software programs that allow them to track the preferences...
read more | Download at Sur le journalisme

The downside of digital inclusion: Expectations and experiences of privacy and surveillance among marginal Internet users
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Nov 09, 2015

Abstract: Increasing broadband adoption among members of underserved populations remains a high priority among policymakers, advocates, corporations, and affected communities. But questions about the risks entailed in the flow of...
read more | Download at new media & society

The user as network
Karen Levy, Nov 02, 2015

Abstract: The user has become central to the way technology is conceptualized, designed, and studied in sociotechnical research and human-computer interaction; recently, non-users have also become productive foci of scholarly...
read more | Read at first monday

Imagined Affordance: Reconstructing a Keyword for Communication Theory
Gina Neff, Peter Nagy, Sep 30, 2015

Abstract: In this essay, we reconstruct a keyword for communication—affordance. Affordance, adopted from ecological psychology, is now widely used in technology studies, yet the term lacks a clear definition. This...
read more | Read at social media + society

Unintended Consequences of Geographic Targeting
Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu, Julia Angwin, Sep 01, 2015

Abstract For decades, The Princeton Review has prepared students for a battery of standardized tests for a price. In some cases, that price varies by ZIP code (or United...
read more | Read at JoTS

How Evasion Matters: Implications from Surfacing Data Tracking Online
Janet Vertesi, Aug 04, 2015

D&S advisor Janet Vertesi essays her presentation from Theorizing the Web 2014: The past five years have seen the rise and expansion of a new infrastructural layer to the...
read more | Read/download at Interface

The limits of crisis data: analytical and ethical challenges of using social and mobile data to understand disasters
Kate Crawford, Megan Finn, Aug 01, 2015

D&S Affiliate Kate Crawford writes about the use of social media platforms and mobile phone data to mine and produce accounts of how people are responding in the aftermath...
read more | Read at GeoJournal

Believing the Unbelievable: Understanding Young People’s Information Literacy Beliefs and Practices in the United States
Miriam J. Metzger, Andrew J. Flanagin, Alex Markov, Rebekah Grossman, Monica Bulger, Jul 30, 2015

In this Journal of Children and Media article, D&S researcher Monica Bulger seeks to address the dynamics of information evaluation among youth, investigating the attitudes of youth (aged 11–18)...
read more | Read in Journal of Children and Media...

The real component of virtual learning: motivations for face-to-face MOOC meetings in developing and industrialised countries
Monica Bulger, Jonathan Bright, Cristóbal Cobo, Jul 27, 2015

D&S researcher Monica Bulger, Jonathan Bright, and Cristóbal Cobo investigate why some Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) users organize face-to-face meetings, exploring the hypothesis that meetup invites would reflect...
read more | Read at Information, Communication & Society

Our metrics, ourselves: A hundred years of self-tracking from the weight scale to the wrist wearable device
Kate Crawford, Jessa Lingel, Tero Karppi, Jun 17, 2015

Abstract: “The recent proliferation of wearable self-tracking devices intended to regulate and measure the body has brought contingent questions of controlling, accessing and interpreting personal data. Given a socio-technical...
read more | Download from European Journal of Cultural Studies

Wiki Surveys: Open and Quantifiable Social Data Collection
Matthew J. Salganik, Karen E. C. Levy, May 20, 2015

“In the social sciences, there is a longstanding tension between data collection methods that facilitate quantification and those that are open to unanticipated information. Advances in technology now enable...
read more | Read in PLOS ONE

Communication, Mediation, and the Expectations of Data: Data Valences Across Health and Wellness Communities
Brittany Fiore-Gartland, Gina Neff, May 18, 2015

“Communication technologies increasingly mediate data exchanges rather than human communication. We propose the term data valences to describe the differences in expectations that people have for data across different...
read more | Read in International Journal of Communication

Platforms Intervene
Tarleton Gillespie, May 11, 2015

“Social media platforms don’t just guide, distort, and facilitate social activity, they also delete some of it. They don’t just link users together, they also suspend them. They don’t...
read more | Read in Social Media + Society

Social Media: A Phenomenon to be Analyzed
danah boyd, May 11, 2015

“The phenomenon of ‘social media’ has more to do with its cultural positioning than its technological affordances. Rooted in the broader “Web 2.0” landscape, social media helped engineers, entrepreneurs,...
read more | Read in Social Media + Society

Social Media, Financial Algorithms and the Hack Crash
Tero Karppi, Kate Crawford, May 04, 2015

‘@AP: Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured’. So read a tweet sent from a hacked Associated Press Twitter account @AP, which affected financial...
read more | Read in Theory, Culture & Society

Cities of Data: Examining the New Urban Science
Anthony Townsend, May 01, 2015

Abstract: “Since the very origins of urban planning in the late nineteenth century, the field has aspired to establish a firm scientific footing for the nature of cities, their...
read more | Read at Wiley

Does literacy improve finance?
Martha Poon, Helaine Olen, Apr 01, 2015

Abstract: When economists ask questions about basic financial principles, most ordinary people answer incorrectly. Economic experts call this condition “financial illiteracy,” which suggests that poor financial outcomes are due...
read more | Read in Public Understanding of Science

The Contexts of Control: Information, Power, and Truck-Driving Work
Karen Levy, Mar 19, 2015

“This article examines the implications of electronic monitoring systems for organizational information flows and worker control, in the context of the U.S. trucking industry. Truckers, a spatially dispersed group...
read more | Read in The Information Society

The Trafficking-Technology Nexus
Jennifer Lynne Musto, danah boyd, Sep 12, 2014

Within some public policy and scholarly accounts, human trafficking is increasingly understood as a technological problem that invites collaborative anti-trafficking solutions. A growing cohort of state, non-governmental, and corporate...
read more | Read in Social Politics

Networked privacy: How teenagers negotiate context in social media
Alice Marwick, danah boyd, Jul 21, 2014

Abstract: While much attention is given to young people’s online privacy practices on sites like Facebook, current theories of privacy fail to account for the ways in which social...
read more | Download from New Media & Society

Evidence on the extent of harms experienced by children as a result of online risks: implications for policy and research
Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova, Victoria Jane Nash, Monica Bulger, Jul 08, 2014

Abstract: Intense media and policy focus on issues of online child protection have prompted a resurgence of moral panics about children and adolescents’ Internet use, with frequent confounding of...
read more | Read in Information, Communication & Society

Big Data and Due Process: Toward a Framework to Redress Predictive Privacy Harms
Kate Crawford, Jason Schultz, Jan 29, 2014

Abstract: The rise of “Big Data” analytics in the private sector poses new challenges for privacy advocates. Through its reliance on existing data and predictive analysis to create detailed...
read more | Download from BCLR

It’s Not Privacy, and It’s Not Fair
Cynthia Dwork, Deirdre K. Mulligan, Sep 03, 2013

In the Stanford Law Review symposium issue on privacy and big data (September 2013), Cynthia Dwork and Data & Society advisor Deirdre Mulligan argue that “privacy controls and increased...
read more | Read at SLR Online

Doing Screen Time: Reflections on the screen at home and in school
Claire Fontaine, Jan 25, 2017

D&S researcher Claire Fontaine’s debut on Points, “Doing Screen Time,” resourcefully unwinds the apparent contradiction between anxiety around screen time at home and support for screen time at school:...
read more | Read on Points...

Hacking the Attention Economy
danah boyd, Jan 05, 2017

For many who are learning these techniques, it’s no longer simply about fun, nor is it even about the lulz. It has now become about acquiring power.
read more | Read on Points...

How do you deal with a problem like “fake news?”
Robyn Caplan, Jan 05, 2017

consists of misleading headlines, deceptive edits, consensus-based truthmaking in communities like reddit or 8chan (i.e. pizzagate), or by the absorption of fake news by political figures, like...
read more | Read on Points...

Why America is Self-Segregating
danah boyd, Jan 05, 2017

The United States can only function as a healthy democracy if we find a healthy way to diversify our social connections, if we find a way to weave together...
read more | Read on Points...

Are There Limits to Online Free Speech?
Alice Marwick, Jan 05, 2017

What do we do when tools founded on openness and freedom are used by straight-up bad actors? And what do platforms committed to those ideals do when their technologies...
read more | Read on Points...

Did Media Literacy Backfire?
danah boyd, Jan 05, 2017

Addressing so-called fake news is going to require a lot more than labeling. It’s going to require a cultural change about how we make sense of information, whom we...
read more | Read on Points...

What’s Propaganda Got To Do With It?
Caroline Jack, Jan 05, 2017

One person’s activism — or education, or journalism, for that matter — is another person’s propaganda.
read more | Read on Points...

Go to The Glass Room. If Black Mirror Had a Showroom, This Would Be It
Baratunde Thurston, Dec 06, 2016

D&S advisor Baratunde Thurston details his exploration of The Glass Room exhibit. I want to see The Glass Room everywhere there is an Apple Store…And anyone founding or working...
read more | Read on Points...

Transparency ≠ Accountability
danah boyd, Nov 30, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd’s prepared remarks for a public roundtable in the European Parliament on algorithmic accountability and transparency in the digital economy were adapted in this Points piece....
read more | Read on Points...

Culture of Harassment
danah boyd, Nov 22, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd writes her response to the recent “Online Harassment, Digital Abuse, and Cyberstalking in America” report. 27% of all American internet users self-censor what they post...
read more | Read on Points...

Imagining the Sharing Economy
Caroline Jack, Nov 21, 2016

D&S post-doctoral scholar Caroline Jack responds to “Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing” from Pew Research Center. The more that is known about the workers and the work...
read more | Read on Points...

Don’t Stop Believing (in Polling)
Mary Madden, Nov 21, 2016

D&S researcher Mary Madden writes this Points piece defending polls. What we need to move forward is a triangulation of methods — using a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis and...
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Phones, but No Papers
Julia Ticona, Nov 18, 2016

D&S post-doctoral scholar Julia Ticona responds to “Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing” from Pew Research Center. Contingent work has always been prevalent in communities where workers have...
read more | Read on Points...

Media: End Reporting on Election Polls
danah boyd, Nov 10, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd opines on the usefulness of election polls and calls for the cessation of these polls. It’s now time for the media to put a moratorium...
read more | Read on Points...

Reality check: I blame the media.
danah boyd, Nov 09, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd asserts that the media must be held accountable in producing and disseminating information. We live in a world shaped by fear and hype, not because...
read more | Read on Points...

Ethics review for pernicious feedback loops
Jacob Metcalf, Nov 07, 2016

D&S researcher Jacob Metcalf adds his perspective to the D&S Weapons of Math Destruction response. Algorithms not only model, they also create. For researchers grappling with the ethics of...
read more | Read on Points...

Sausage, politics, and data predictions?
Anne L. Washington, Oct 31, 2016

D&S fellow Anne L. Washington published a Points piece responding to Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction. Complex models with high stakes require rigorous periodic taste tests. Unfortunately most...
read more | Read on Points...

Shining a light on the darkness
Mark Van Hollebeke, Oct 27, 2016

D&S practitioner-in-residence Mark Van Hollebeke discusses Weapons of Math Destruction in this Points piece. O’Neil’s analysis doesn’t just apply to mathematical models; it applies to societal models. Most of...
read more | Read on Points...

On criminal justice and “Civilian Casualties”
Ravi Shroff, Oct 26, 2016

D&S fellow Ravi Shroff examines Cathy O’Neil’s analysis of criminal justice algorithms, like predictive policing. There are a few minor mischaracterizations and omissions in this chapter of Weapons of...
read more | Read on Points...

Safety Checklists for Sociotechnical Design
Mark Ackerman, Oct 26, 2016

D&S fellow Mark Ackerman develops a checklist to address the sociotechnical issues demonstrated in Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction. These checklist items for socio-technical design are all important...
read more | Read on Points...

Models in Practice
Angèle Christin, Oct 26, 2016

D&S affiliate Angèle Christin writes a response piece to Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction. One of the most striking findings of my research so far is that there...
read more | Read on Points...

What do we want criminal justice technology to be?
Josh Scannell, Oct 25, 2016

D&S researcher Josh Scannell responds to Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology’s “The Perpetual Line-Up” study. Reports like “The Perpetual Line-Up” force a fundamental question: What do we want...
read more | Read on Points...

Who does the hard work of bridging context and technical skills?
Zara Rahman, Oct 19, 2016

D&S fellow Zara Rahman introduces her upcoming research at Data & Society, where she will examine the work of translators in technology projects. Whatever it’s called, it’s also under-appreciated....
read more | Read on Points...

If you want to know why privacy matters, the play’s the thing
Mary Madden, Oct 11, 2016

D&S researcher Mary Madden reviews and adds her perspective to the play Privacy. As someone who has experienced the glaze of overwhelm in the eyes of my family and friends...
read more | Read on Points...

Devices, Data, Waste
Emily Keller, Sep 06, 2016

D&S project coordinator Emily Keller discusses the need to address environmental responsibility in device ownership, creation, and discarding. Achieving maximum efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy to...
read more | Read on Points...

The FBI wants to be exempt from privacy protections. We need to safeguard civil rights.
Robyn Caplan, Jun 21, 2016

The FBI recently announced its plan to request that their massive biometrics database, called the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, be exempted from basic requirements under the Privacy Act....
read more | Read on Points...

Be Careful What You Code For
danah boyd, Jun 15, 2016

Code is key to civic life, but we need to start looking under the hood and thinking about the externalities of our coding practices, especially as we’re building code...
read more | Read on Points...

Questions about Google autocompl
Robyn Caplan, Jun 14, 2016

What the journalists from SourceFed may have stumbled upon was not an instance in which search results were intentionally being manipulated in favor of a candidate, but how algorithms...
read more | Read on Points...

Real Life Harms of Student Data: Moving Beyond the Hypothetical
Mikaela Pitcan, Jun 13, 2016

In this Points piece “Real Life Harms of Student Data,” D&S researcher Mikaela Pitcan argues that assessing real harms connected with student data forces us to acknowledge the mundane, human...
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Facebook Must Be Accountable to the Public
danah boyd, May 13, 2016

This issue goes far beyond the Trending box in the corner of your Facebook profile, and this latest wave of concerns is only the tip of the iceberg around...
read more | Read on Points...

No More Magic Algorithms: Cultural Policy in an Era of Discoverability
Fenwick McKelvey, May 10, 2016

Could policies exist to guide what algorithms find relevant? Algorithms depend on data to make recommendations. Could certain cultural metadata be embedded to ensure Canadian content has other pathways...
read more | Read on Points...

Where Do We Find Ethics?
danah boyd, Apr 05, 2016

Over the last two years, Data & Society has been convening a Council on Big Data, Ethics, and Society where we’ve had intense discussions about how to situate ethics...
read more | Read on Points...

Does data-driven learning improve equity?
Mikaela Pitcan, Mar 18, 2016

Student data can and has served as an equalizer, but it also has the potential to perpetuate discriminatory practices. In order to leverage student data to move toward equity...
read more | Read on Points

Ben Franklin, the Post Office and the Digital Public Sphere
Ethan Zuckerman, Feb 26, 2016

The processes editors have used to filter information were never transparent, hence the enthusiasm of the early 2000s for unfiltered media. What may be new is the pervasiveness of...
read more | Read on Points...

The Point of Collection
Mimi Onuoha, Feb 10, 2016

D&S fellow Mimi Onuoha thinks through the implications of the moment of data collection and offers a compact set of reminders for those who work with and think about...
read more | Read on Points...

It’s not Cyberspace anymore.
danah boyd, Feb 05, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd declares: “It’s not Cyberspace anymore.” While at Davos, danah reflects on the 20 years since John Perry Barlow wrote “A Declaration of the Independence of...
read more | Read on Points...

Refugees’ New Infrastructure for Movement
Mark Latonero, Feb 01, 2016

A Digital Passage Phones, social media, mobile apps, online maps, instant messaging, translation websites, wire money transfers, cell phone charging stations, and Wi-Fi hotspots have created a new infrastructure...
read more | Read on Points...

What World Are We Building?
danah boyd, Jan 25, 2016

We didn’t architect for prejudice, but we didn’t design systems to combat it either. Points: “What World Are We Building?” is adapted, with permission, from a talk of the...
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Data & Fairness

What do we want criminal justice technology to be?
Josh Scannell, Oct 25, 2016

D&S researcher Josh Scannell responds to Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology’s “The Perpetual Line-Up” study. Reports like “The Perpetual Line-Up” force a fundamental question: What do we want...read more | Read on Points...

Civil Rights and Tech Advocates Sound Alarm on Racial Bias in ‘Predictive Policing’
Data & Society, Aug 31, 2016

Data & Society, with 16 other organizations, signed “a sweeping rebuke to the use and misuse of predictive policing products by police departments as the technology and policy firm...read more | Read on civilrights.org...

Broken Windows, Broken Code
R. Joshua Scannell, Aug 29, 2016

D&S researcher Josh Scannell wrote an extensive analysis of predictive policing algorithms, showing that, while they were not built to be racist, they mirror a racist system. Northpointe’s algorithms...read more | Read on Real Life Mag...

Machine Bias: Risk Assessments in Criminal Sentencing
Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu, Lauren Kirchner, ProPublica, May 23, 2016

D&S fellow Surya Mattu investigated bias in risk assessments, algorithmically generated scores predicting the likelihood of a person committing a future crime. These scores are increasingly used in courtrooms across America...read more | Read on ProPublica...

Dreams of Accountability, Guaranteed Surveillance: The Promises and Costs of Body-Worn Cameras
Alexandra Mateescu, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, May 10, 2016

Researchers Alexandra Mateescu and Alex Rosenblat published a paper with D&S Founder danah boyd examine police-worn body cameras and their potential to provide avenues for police accountability and foster...read more | Read at Surveillance & Society

Accountable Algorithms: Reflections
Joshua A. Kroll, Joanna Huey, Solon Barocas, Edward W. Felten, Joel R. Reidenberg, David G. Robinson, and Harlan Yu, Apr 05, 2016

Reflections from D&S Affiliate Solon Barocas and Advisors Edward W. Felten and Joel Reidenberg on the recent “Unlocking the Black Box” Conference held on April 2 at Yale Law School: Our work on...read more | Read at Balkinization Blog

Hiring by Algorithm
Ifeoma Ajunwa, Sorelle Friedler, Carlos E Scheidegger, Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Mar 10, 2016

D&S Fellow Sorelle Friedler and D&S Affiliate Ifeoma Ajunwa argue in this essay that well settled legal doctrines that prohibit discrimination against job applicants on the basis of sex...read more | Read on SSRN

Accountable Algorithms
Joshua A. Kroll, Joanna Huey, Solon Barocas, Edward W. Felten, Joel R. Reidenberg, David G. Robinson, and Harlan Yu, Mar 02, 2016

D&S Affiliate Solon Barocas and Advisors Edward W. Felten and Joel Reidenberg collaborate on a paper outlining the importance of algorithmic accountability and fairness, proposing several tools that can...read more | Read at SSRN

Auditing Black-box Models by Obscuring Features
Philip Adler, Casey Falk, Sorelle A. Friedler, Gabriel Rybeck, Carlos Scheidegger, Brandon Smith, Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Feb 23, 2016

The ubiquity and power of machine learning models in society to determine and control an increasing number of real-world decisions presents a challenge.  D&S fellow Sorelle Friedler and a...read more | Read on arXiv...

What World Are We Building?
danah boyd, Jan 25, 2016

We didn’t architect for prejudice, but we didn’t design systems to combat it either. Points: “What World Are We Building?” is adapted, with permission, from a talk of the...read more | Read on Points...

Police Body-Worn Cameras – Updated
Alexandra Mateescu, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd (with support from Jenna Leventoff and David Robinson), Oct 27, 2015

In the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown in August 2014, as well as the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri and around the country, there has been...read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Open Data, the Criminal Justice System, and the Police Data Initiative
Robyn Caplan, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

Public calls for data and transparency about police actions have increased in light of widely publicized incidents and patterns of police violence. Opening more data to the public about...read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Social Media Surveillance and Law Enforcement
Alexandra Mateescu, Douglas Brunton, Alex Rosenblat, Desmond Patton, Zachary Gold, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

According to a 2014 LexisNexis online survey, eighty percent of federal, state, and local law enforcement professionals use social media platforms as an intelligence gathering tool, but most lack...read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Criminal Justice and Civil Rights Primer
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Oct 27, 2015

New technology has provided an increasingly ubiquitous tool with the potential to build trust between police and the communities they serve and help enhance accountability and transparency in policing...read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Courts and Predictive Algorithms
Angèle Christin, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

One of the most striking innovations in the criminal justice system during the past thirty years has been the introduction of actuarial methods – statistical models and software programs...read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Biometric Technologies in Policing
Robyn Caplan, Ifeoma Ajunwa, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

Biometric technologies are rapidly finding use in a variety of policing contexts, and their use is expected to grow as these technologies become more accurate, cost-effective and accessible to...read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Predictive Policing
Sarah Brayne, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 27, 2015

Predictive policing refers to the use of analytical techniques to make statistical predictions about potential criminal activity. The basic underlying assumption of predictive policing is that crime is not...read more |

Re: Rates for Inmate Calling Services
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights et al, including Data & Society, Oct 22, 2015

The FCC capped rates for long-distance calls in 2013 but did not address in-state call rates. Before the Federal Communications Commission’s vote on a proposal to cap prison calling...read more | Read in the FCC docket

The Digital CultureSHIFT: From Scale to Power
Center for Media Justice, ColorofChange.org, Data & Society, Aug 13, 2015

How the Internet is Shaping Social Change, and Social Change is Shaping the Internet Summary As activism for police accountability, fair wages, just immigration, and more takes center stage...read more |

Peer-to-Peer Lending
Alexandra Mateescu, Jul 01, 2015

“The collapse of the financial system starting in 2008 shattered public confidence in the traditional intermediaries of the financial system – the regulated banks. Not only did the mainstream...read more |

Report: Police Technology and Civil Rights Roundtable
Data & Society, Jun 19, 2015

On May 19, 2015 a group of about 20 individuals gathered at New America in Washington, DC for a discussion co-hosted by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human...read more |

Re: “Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem”
Data & Society, May 27, 2015

Data & Society submitted comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in response to their “Request for Comment on Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem.”...read more |

What Amazon Taught the Cops
Ingrid Burrington, May 27, 2015

D&S artist in residence Ingrid Burrtington writes about the history of the term “predictive policing”, the pressures on police forces that are driving them to embrace data-driven policing, and...read more | Read at The Nation...

Which Students Get to Have Privacy?
danah boyd, May 22, 2015

D&S founder danah boyd considers recent efforts at reforming laws around student privacy and what it would mean to actually consider the privacy rights of the most marginalized students....read more | Read on Medium

The Minutes of Marshall Jones
Gideon Lichfield, May 19, 2015

D&S fellow Gideon Lichfield’s short story for the Police Technology and Civil Rights Roundtable: “The year is 2019, and body cams have become standard for patrol officers in most...read more |

Civil Rights, Privacy, and Media Rights Groups Release Principles for Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras
Data & Society, May 15, 2015

“…a broad coalition of civil rights, privacy, and media rights organizations released shared civil rights principles for the use of body worn cameras by law...read more | Read at civilrights.org

It’s Not Too Late to Get Body Cameras Right
danah boyd, Alex Rosenblat, May 15, 2015

Excerpt: “Police-worn body cameras are coming. Support for them comes from stakeholders who often take opposing views. Law enforcement wants them, many politicians are pushing for them, and communities...read more | Read at The Atlantic

Will Body Cameras Further Erode Freedoms In Heavily Policed Neighborhoods?
Alexandra Mateescu, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Feb 24, 2015

“But the devices are no panacea, as research institute Data & Society reminds us in a report published today. Authors Alexandra Mateescu, Alex Rosenblat and danah boyd suggest that...read more | Read at Fast Company

Data & Civil Rights: Criminal Justice Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Discrimination and racial disparities persist at every stage of the U.S. criminal justice system, from policing to trials to sentencing. The United States incarcerates a higher percentage of its...read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Education Primer
Andrea Alarcon, Elana Zeide, Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Many education reformers see the merging of student data, predictive analytics, processing tools, and technology-based instruction as the key to the future of education and a means to further...read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Consumer Finance Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Rob Randhava, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

New data analytics tools, predictive technologies, and an increasingly available range of data sources have enabled new financial instruments and services to be developed, but access to high-quality services...read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Housing Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Data has always played an important role in housing policies, practices, and financing. Housing advocates worry that new sources of data are being used to extend longstanding discriminatory practices,...read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Employment Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

The complexity of hiring algorithms which fold all kinds of data into scoring systems make it difficult to detect and therefore challenge hiring decisions, even when outputs appear to...read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Technology Primer
Solon Barocas, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Data have assumed a significant role in routine decisions about access, eligibility, and opportunity across a variety of domains. These are precisely the kinds of decisions that have long...read more |

Data & Civil Rights: Health Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Data plays a central role in both medicine and insurance, enabling advances and creating new challenges. Although legislative efforts have attempted to protect the privacy of people’s health data,...read more |

Future of Labor: Networked Employment Discrimination
Alex Rosenblat, Tamara Kneese, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

As businesses begin implementing algorithms to sort through applicants and use third party services to assess the quality of candidates based on their networks, personality tests, and other scores,...read more |

FTC warns of using big data to exclude consumers
danah boyd, Sep 15, 2014

Excerpt: “Dixon and Danah Boyd , a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, both noted that the big data industry is in many ways in its infancy. Many...read more | Read at PCWorld

Re: “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?”
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, danah boyd, Solon Barocas, Aug 15, 2014

In this letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), New American Foundation’s Open Technology Institute is joined by Data & Society and Solon Barocas, an independent researcher, in asking...read more | Download from FTC

The Future of Labor in a Data-Centric Society

The Latest Victim of Uber’s Disruption May Be Itself
Alex Rosenblat, Ryan Calo, Mar 09, 2017

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Ryan Calo’s recent work in “The Taking Economy: Uber, Information, and Power” was featured in this TIME article. At a minimum, Greyball makes apparent...read more | Read on TIME...

The Taking Economy: Uber, Information, and Power
Ryan Calo, Alex Rosenblat, Mar 07, 2017

Ryan Calo and D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat write this analysis of the newly termed ‘taking economy’ of Uber. Sharing economy firms such as Uber and Airbnb facilitate trusted transactions...read more | Read more on SSRN...

What Motivates Gig Economy Workers
Alex Rosenblat, Nov 17, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat writes about the motivations of gig economy workers. In sum, the effects of the gig economy on the workforce are mixed. These platforms seem to...read more | Read on HBR...

Do Uber ratings let passengers discriminate against drivers?
Alex Rosenblat, Oct 12, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat expands on the work of “Discriminating Tastes: Customer Ratings as Vehicles for Bias if Uber ratings discriminate against drivers” in this New Scientist piece. The...read more | Read on New Scientist...

How Can Wage Theft Emerge in App-Mediated Work?
Alex Rosenblat, Aug 10, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat wrote a blog post discussing how Uber can implement wage withholding policies without driver input or negotiation. This set up essentially provides negative disincentives to...read more | Read on The Ride Share Guy

Uber Drivers Under Algorithmic Management: Study
Alex Rosenblat, Aug 02, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this Information Week analyzing Uber’s algorithmic management model. “Overall, the risk and costs are redistributed to drivers, through a combination of communications...read more | Read at Information Week

How Uber punishes drivers who refuse to use UberPool
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 28, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this CNN piece describing an Uber tactic called timeouts meant to discourage drivers from turning down rides. The timeouts have also reignited...read more | Read on CNN...

Trust & Safety Uber + Lyft
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 22, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat discusses safety and surveillance of Uber and Lyft drivers in Medium. From neighborhood discrimination to threats of violence, drivers describe safety issues while disclosing how...read more | Read on Medium...

Who are the Uber & Lyft drivers?
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 12, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat wrote this piece narrating her many interviews with Uber drivers around the country. In this article, Rosenblat highlights many aspects of Uber drivers’ work and...read more | Read on Medium...

Uber’s Drive-By Politics
Alex Rosenblat, May 27, 2016

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat takes a look at the fallout after the Uber’s recent political showdown with the Austin City Council and explores several ways in which the interests...read more | Read on Motherboard...

Uber & Lyft: What Happens in Austin Doesn’t Stay in Austin
Alex Rosenblat, May 18, 2016

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat on the fallout of the Austin Transportation’s showdown with Uber and Lyft: Uber allied with Lyft in Austin to lobby against an ordinance passed by...read more | Read on Medium...

Duet Ex Machina
Karen Levy, May 02, 2016

D&S fellow Karen Levy discusses her research with truckers, how they work with heightened surveillance, and how they protest surveillance methods in this Psychology Today article None of this...read more | Read at Psychology Today

Uber’s Aha! moment: tipping, like racial bias, is bad.
Alex Rosenblat, Apr 29, 2016

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat examines and problematizes Uber’s stance against tipping and the resulting effects on Uber drivers.read more | Read on Medium...

How Uber conquered London
Alex Rosenblat, Apr 27, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this piece by the Guardian discussing Uber’s influence in London. According to Rosenblat, there is very little about Uber which is light-touch,...read more | Read at The Guardian

How Uber’s big settlement may make things worse for its drivers
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Apr 22, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s article for the Harvard Business Review was cited in the LA Times in its discussion of Uber’s workforce. The settlement still leaves Uber...read more | Read at LA Times

Uber’s ‘Partner-Bosses’
Alex Rosenblat, Mar 30, 2016

In this blog post for London School of Economics Research Sociology blog, D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat reprises her Medium series on Uber driver-partners. For a more thorough discussion of the...read more | Read at Researching Sociology @ LSE

The Sharing Economy’s Dirty Laundry
Alex Rosenblat, Mar 23, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in the sharing economy was discussed in Jacobin Magazine. “For example, Uber has successfully created the impression that their surge-pricing policies...read more | Read at Jacobin Magazine

Uber business model does not justify a new ‘independent worker’” category
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Mar 17, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work on researching the sharing economy, and particularly Uber, was quoted in this piece by the Economic Policy Institute. “According to Rosenblat and Stark (2015),...read more | Read at Economic Policy Institute

Limitless Worker Surveillance
Ifeoma Ajunwa, Kate Crawford, Jason Schultz, Mar 10, 2016

D&S Affiliates Ifeoma Ajunwa, Kate Crawford, and Jason Schultz examine the effectiveness of the law as a check on worker surveillance, given recent technological innovations. This law review article focuses...read more | Read on SSRN

Digital surveillance in the hypermasculine workplace
Karen Levy, Feb 25, 2016

In this commentary, D&S fellow Karen Levy’s considers the gendered dimensions of shifting cultures of work in response to the growing demands of the technologized/mediated workplace. She also explores...read more | Read on Feminist Media Studies...

Algorithms Can Make Good Co-Workers
Madeleine Clare Elish, Feb 22, 2016

D&S Researcher Madeleine Clare Elish considers the possibility of a full-on replacement of humans by robots. She argues that this scenario is nowhere near as close as we have...read more | Read at Slate...

Why Monitoring Workers Could End Up Backfiring
danah boyd, Jan 21, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd was quoted in this Huffington Post piece discussing the impacts of higher rates of surveilling workers. “Pushing for efficiency is destabilizing low-wage workers.” And thus,...read more | Read at Huffington Post

With this ‘mirage of a marketplace’, Uber is taking its customers for a ride
Madeleine Clare Elish, Tim Hwang, Jan 10, 2016

D&S Fellow Madeleine Clare Elish and D&S Researcher Tim Hwang’s article in Slate was cited in the Guardian article discussing the ‘mirage marketplace’ – further building upon D&S researcher...read more | Read at the Guardian

New federal rules will subject truck drivers to more monitoring than ever
Karen Levy, Dec 24, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy was quoted in this Washington Post article discussing electronic monitors of truck drivers. “There is widespread feeling that ELDs crack down on drivers while missing...read more | Read at the Washington Post

Uber can’t be defeated from the outside—but maybe from within
Alex Rosenblat, Dec 10, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat, along with Luke Stark, was quoted in this Maclean’s article discussing how drivers may bring changes to the driving sharing economy. They concluded that the...read more | Read at Maclean's

Another Pointless Study / Law & Order / Tech A Tale of Two Uber Studies: As Lawsuit Expands, Dueling Datasets Ask Whether Drivers Are Happy
Alex Rosenblat, Dec 10, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work in researching the driving sharing economy was mentioned in this San Francisco Weekly article discussing Uber drivers’ attitudes towards participating in Uber. 88 percent...read more | Read at SF Weekly

Never lose your Uber again! New colour changing strips allows cars to ‘flash’ at their passengers
Alex Rosenblat, Dec 03, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work was quoted in this Daily Mail piece discussing Uber’s new strategies to help users find their rides. ‘If a potential passenger opened up the...read more | Read at Daily Mail

When Your Boss Is an Uber Algorithm
Alex Rosenblat, Dec 01, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat is quoted in MIT Technology Review article discussing Uber’s control over its drivers. Alex Rosenblat, a researcher at Data & Society and coauthor of the...read more | Read at MIT Technology Review

RSG030: Alex Rosenblat On How Much Control Uber Really Has Over Its Drivers
Alex Rosenblat, Nov 25, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat is interviewed by the Ride Share Guy, a podcast and blog for rideshare drivers.read more | Listen at The Ride Share Guy

Alex Rosenblat On How Much Control Uber Really Has Over Its Drivers
Alex Rosenblat, Nov 25, 2015

“On today’s podcast, I get to interview Alex Rosenblat, a researcher from the Data & Society Research Institute. Now that name may seem familiar because in addition to spending...read more | Listen at The Rideshare Guy

The Uber Counterculture
Alex Rosenblat, Nov 17, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in researching Uber’s treatment of its drivers was reviewed and discussed in this piece by The Awl. But perhaps the most...read more | Read at The Awl

Can Seattle Launch a Movement for a New Kind of Workers’ Union?
Alex Rosenblat, Nov 11, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in researching Uber’s labor management was discussed in this article by the Stranger. After studying online forums where drivers talked about...read more | Read at The Stranger

Platformation event summary
Data & Society, Nov 04, 2015

On September 9, 2015, the Data & Society Research Institute hosted Platformation, a one-day summit that brought together a diverse group of stakeholders for a multi-disciplinary discussion on platform-based...read more |

At Uber, the Algorithm Is More Controlling Than the Real Boss
Alex Rosenblat, Nov 04, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work was discussed in this Wall Street Journal piece discussing Uber’s control over its workers. The company’s algorithm uses performance metrics, scheduling...read more | Read at WSJ

Uber’s Drivers: Information Asymmetries and Control in Dynamic Work
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Oct 15, 2015

Abstract: This empirical study explores labor in the on-demand economy using the rideshare service Uber as a case study. By conducting sustained monitoring of online driver forums and interviewing...read more | Download from SSRN

Enchanting By Numbers (2015 version)
Tim Hwang, Oct 09, 2015

D&S researcher Tim Hwang was interviewed in Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything podcast. We take another look at algorithms. Tim Hwang explains how Uber’s algorithms generate phantom cars and...read more | Listen on Theory of Everything

The Future of Work: For Uber Drivers, Data Is the Boss
Alex Rosenblat, Sep 10, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat published an essay on remote management in Pacific Standard’s The Future of Work and Workers series: Rather than having managers who listen to them and...read more | Read at Pacific Standard

Gamifying the workplace: is it ethical?
Karen Levy, Sep 05, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy is quoted in this PRI article that discusses how workers respond to tracking technologies. “It sounds like it’s just a way to sort of optimize...read more | Read at PRI

Being edgy and cool doesn’t make tech companies any less exploitative
Alex Rosenblat, Aug 18, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat discusses the ambiguity of service standards in Uber and how that effects drivers. This means that drivers wind up doing extra free labour – above...read more | Read at The Guardian

Have Uber’s ‘phantom cars’ disappeared?
Alex Rosenblat, Aug 07, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted from her Vice article in this Guardian piece describing Uber’s transition from the ‘phantom car’ screen. Rosenblat, a researcher for New York-based thinktank...read more | Read at the Guardian

The Future of Work: What Isn’t Counted Counts
Karen Levy, Aug 03, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy published an essay on measurement in Pacific Standard’s The Future of Work and Workers series: As data analytics and monitoring technologies come to be used...read more | Read at Pacific Standard

It’s incredibly difficult to stop the Internet from knowing you’re pregnant
Janet Vertesi, Jul 31, 2015

D&S affiliate Janet Vertesi was quoted in this Washington Post piece discussing how difficult it is to stop targeted ads from knowing about your personal life. “Those kinds of...read more | Read at the Washington Post

Uber denies its app displays ‘phantom cabs’
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work on Uber’s algorithm-based mapping system for consumers is cited in this Telegraph article. In an article for Vice’s Motherboard, the researchers...read more | Read at the Telegraph

Uber’s app may show phantom cars
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in analyzing Uber’s algorithm-based mapping of drivers’ location. Researchers from Data & Society did some digging of its own, and were...read more | Read at SF Gate

Uber denies there are ‘phantom’ cars in its app
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s research in Uber’s algorithm-based map for consumers was cited in this article by Fortune. In a Vice article, Alex Rosenblat and Luke...read more | Read at Fortune

Uber Denies Showing ‘Ghost Cars’ In App
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in Uber’s algorithm-based maps for consumers is quoted in this piece by Übergizmo. Yesterday a report claimed that Uber shows “ghost...read more | Read at Übergizmo

Cars in Uber App: Real or Phantom Vehicles?
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this piece by PC Magazine about her work with Luke Stark on Uber drivers. “Over a six-month period, my colleague Luke Stark...read more | Read at PC Magazine

Uber: There are no ghost cars in our app
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s Vice article analyzing Uber’s interactions with drivers was quoted in this CNN article. The Vice story, written by two people from research...read more | Read at CNN

Uber Denies Having ‘Phantom Cabs’
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark were cited in this piece by RTT News discussing Uber’s map for passengers. Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark, a pair of researchers...read more | Read at RTT News

Uber denies misleading passengers with ‘phantom cars’ on app
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 30, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work on Uber’s algorithm-based map was quoted in this piece by the Guardian. The claim was made by Alex Rosenblat and Luke...read more | Read at The Guardian

Uber App Uses ‘Phantom Cars’ To Lure Customers, US Researcher Says
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 29, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work researching Uber and its relations with its drivers was quoted in this piece by Huffington Post. As part of a project for Microsoft FUSE...read more | Read the Huffington Post

Uber’s Real-Time Map Shown To Be Fake
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 29, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in researching the validity of Uber’s map for available nearby cars was quoted in this piece by LBC. Employees of think-tank...read more | Read at LBC

Is Uber’s taxi map full of fake cabbies?
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 29, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in an ITProPortal piece discussing Uber map-building. Alex Rosenblat, a New York-based data researcher who studied how Uber drivers interact with the Uber...read more | Read on ITProPortal

The Cars Uber Shows You Before You Hail A Ride Are Bogus
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 29, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work researching Uber was discussed in this article by SFist. However, researchers at Data & Society claim that the supply of Uber drivers is actually...read more | Read at SFist

Uber Is Faking Us Out With ‘Ghost Cabs’ On Its Passenger Map
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 29, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work was quoted in this Gizmodo piece about Uber’s ride availability map. Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark, researchers studying Uber’s user interaction,...read more | Read at Gizmodo

Uber Fudges The Position Of Local Drivers, But They’ve Got A Pretty Good Reason Why
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 29, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was cited in this piece by Fast Company discussing the ethics of Uber’s ‘mirage marketplace’. On Monday, Vice’s Motherboard published an exposé on Uber’s map-based...read more | Read at Fast Company

Uber’s real-time nearby cars map is fake, data experts claim
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 28, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat, along with Luke Stark, were quoted in this Independent article discussing Uber’s car map. Analysts Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark go on to pick apart...read more | Read at Independent

Swarm of Uber on-screen taxis often ‘phantoms’, says investigation
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 28, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this piece by The Independent exploring Uber’s mapping algorithm “If a potential passenger opened up the app and saw no cars around,...read more | Read at The Independent

Uber Offers an Explanation For Those ‘Phantom Cars’
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 28, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s article for Vice discussing Uber’s mirage marketplace was quoted in this article by Inc. Passengers looking to catch an Uber may see more cars chugging...read more | Read at Inc

Uber’s real time car map is fake
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 28, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work was quoted in this Wired article discussing Uber’s projected, rather than real-time, analysis of rider demand. The marketplace Uber has created for the world,...read more | Read at Wired

Is Uber Populating Its Map with Ghost Cars?
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 28, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in researching Uber’s ride availability map was discussed in this piece by WebProNews.read more | Read at WebProNews

Uber Fakes Its Real-Time Taxi Map
Alex Rosenblat, Luke Stark, Jul 28, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark were quoted in this Gizmodo piece discussing Uber’s map-building algorithm. Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark of New York think tank Data &...read more | Read at Gizmodo

Uber’s Phantom Cabs
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 27, 2015

“Uber’s access to real-time information about where passengers and drivers are has helped make it one of the most efficient and useful apps produced by Silicon Valley in recent...read more | Read on VICE Motherboard

The Mirage of the Marketplace
Tim Hwang, Madeleine Clare Elish, Jul 27, 2015

“Increasingly, what underlies the debate over the so-called sharing economy is a nascent, bigger battle about how society wants machines coordinating and governing human activity. These apps don’t match...read more | Read at Slate

Override
Gideon Lichfield, Jul 26, 2015

Data & Society’s Intelligence and Autonomy initiative commissioned authors to envision future scenarios for intelligent systems in four domains: medicine, labor, urban design, and warfare. The future scenario around...read more |

Read at Quartz

Police body cams, accountability and injustice
Alex Rosenblat, Jun 28, 2015

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat was interviewed for a CBC Radio segment concerning her work researching police body cameras. Over the past few years, there has been an increased call...read more | Read at CBC

The office is watching you
Karen Levy, May 22, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy was quoted in this Fast Company piece discussing surveillance of workers. Some research suggests that excessive monitoring can itself curb productivity and innovation, says Karen...read more | Read at Fast Company

How big data could reshape the American workforce
Alex Rosenblat, May 06, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this piece by Vice detailing how big data can change the American workforce. “There’s no such thing as raw data,” says Alex...read more |

Managers Turn to Computer Games, Aiming for More Efficient Employees
Karen Levy, Mar 15, 2015

“Karen Levy, a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute…recently completed a three-year study on performance tracking in a decidedly old-line business: trucking. Over the last two decades,...read more | Read at NYT

Data & Civil Rights: Employment Primer
Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

The complexity of hiring algorithms which fold all kinds of data into scoring systems make it difficult to detect and therefore challenge hiring decisions, even when outputs appear to...read more |

Future of Labor: Networked Employment Discrimination
Alex Rosenblat, Tamara Kneese, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

As businesses begin implementing algorithms to sort through applicants and use third party services to assess the quality of candidates based on their networks, personality tests, and other scores,...read more |

Future of Labor: Technologically Mediated Artisanal Production
Tamara Kneese, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

From 3D printing to maker culture, there’s a rise of technical practices that resist large industrial and corporate modes of production, similar to what is occurring in artisanal food...read more |

Future of Labor: Understanding Fair Labor Practices in a Networked Age
Tamara Kneese, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

Unionization emerged as a way of protecting labor rights when society shifted from an agricultural ecosystem to one shaped by manufacturing and industrial labor. New networked work complicates the...read more |

Future of Labor: Workplace Surveillance
Alex Rosenblat, Tamara Kneese, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

Employers have long devised techniques and used new technologies to surveil employees in order to increase efficiency, decrease theft, and otherwise assert power and control over subordinates. New and...read more |

Future of Labor: Understanding Intelligent Systems
Alex Rosenblat, Tamara Kneese, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

Science fiction has long imagined a workforce reshaped by robots, but the increasingly common instantiation of intelligent systems in business is much more mundane. Beyond the utopian and dystopian...read more |

Enabling Connected Learning

The Legacy of inBloom
Monica Bulger, Patrick McCormick, Mikaela Pitcan, Feb 02, 2017

D&S researcher Monica Bulger, with Patrick McCormick and D&S research analyst Mikaela Pitcan, writes this working paper detailing the “Legacy of inBloom”. Although inBloom closed in 2014, it ignited...read more |

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Student Data & Mental Health: What the Blank Spots Say
Mikaela Pitcan, Oct 17, 2016

D&S research analyst Mikaela Pitcan discusses how missing data can impact how students with mental health conditions. The areas in which data are lacking communicate priorities. However, without concrete...read more | Read on Points...

Facebook-backed school software shows promise — and raises privacy concerns
Monica Bulger, Oct 11, 2016

D&S researcher Monica Bulger was quoted in this Washington Post piece discussing edtech and how it might impact students’ privacy. Even as Basecamp and countless other tech-centered programs have...read more | Read on Washington Post...

Advertising in Schools
Maxwell Foxman, Alexandra Mateescu, Monica Bulger, Sep 08, 2016

Debates over digital advertising in schools have inherited the frames through which older, pre-digital forms of advertising have been conceptualized, and have also been characterized as departing from them...read more |

What role do “power learners” play in online learning communities?
Monica Bulger, Sep 07, 2016

D&S researcher Monica Bulger analyzes how ‘power learners’ utilize and contribute to online learning communities with researchers Cristobal Cabo, Jonathan Bright, and Ryan den Rooljen. We propose two fundamental...read more | Read on SSRN...

Parent Choice: Using Data to Justify Decisions that Perpetuate Segregation?
Claire Fontaine, Aug 29, 2016

D&S researcher Claire Fontaine writes a compelling piece analyzing whether or not school performance data reinforces segregation. Data is great at masking its own embedded bias, and school performance...read more | Read on DML Central...

Disentangling the real and potential risks of advertising in schools
Alexandra Mateescu, Aug 25, 2016

In “Disentangling the real and potential risks of advertising in schools” D&S research analyst Alexandra Mateescu teases apart the difference between real and hypothetical risks of advertising in schools....read more | Read on Medium...

How can educational researchers better communicate the value of our work to the people we study?
Monica Bulger, Aug 25, 2016

D&S researcher Monica Bulger discusses her participation in a meeting of experts held by the National Academy of Education. She concludes with a series of observations, including: The main...read more | Read on Medium...

Class or Race: The Factor that Matters More for Equity
Mikaela Pitcan, Aug 24, 2016

In “Class or Race: The Factor that Matters More for Equity,” D&S research analyst Mikaela Pitcan tackles the question of whether racial or class diversity should be considered the...read more | Read on Medium...

The Myth of Accountability: How Data (Mis)Use is Reinforcing the Problems of Public Education
Claire Fontaine, Aug 08, 2016

In this primer, D&S researcher Claire Fontaine examines the construct of accountability as it functions in discussions around education reform in the American public education system. The paper considers the...read more |

Personalized Learning: The Conversations We’re Not Having
Monica Bulger, Jul 26, 2016

In this primer, D&S researcher Monica Bulger defines the boundaries of “personalized learning,” explores the needs that various personalized learning systems aim to meet, and highlights the tensions between...read more |

Student Data Privacy: An Overview
Mikaela Pitcan, Jul 13, 2016

D&S research analyst Mikaela Pitcan wrote a brief overview discussing student data privacy. Student data privacy conversations center on concerns regarding the safeguarding of data collected in educational settings....read more | Read on Medium...

Real Life Harms of Student Data: Moving Beyond the Hypothetical
Mikaela Pitcan, Jun 13, 2016

In this Points piece “Real Life Harms of Student Data,” D&S researcher Mikaela Pitcan argues that assessing real harms connected with student data forces us to acknowledge the mundane, human...read more | Read on Points...

Student Data & Equity News Round-Up
Mikaela Pitkan, Mar 30, 2016

D&S Research Analyst Mikeala Pitcan gives us a round-up of news events from January through March 2016 addressing data and equity in schools with a focus on efforts to...read more | Read on Medium

Does data-driven learning improve equity?
Mikaela Pitcan, Mar 18, 2016

Student data can and has served as an equalizer, but it also has the potential to perpetuate discriminatory practices. In order to leverage student data to move toward equity...read more | Read on Points

Student Data Privacy News Round-up
Mikaela Pitcan, Mar 17, 2016

D&S Research Analyst Mikaela Pitcan gives a brief recap of student data & privacy related news from January – March 2016. Special attention is given to the Every Student Succeeds Act.read more | Medium

Analytics in K-12 Schools: Big Data, or Big Brother?
Elana Zeide, Jan 11, 2016

D&S Affiliate Elana Ziede discusses the potential harms to collecting private data in educational systems. In the meantime, parents and citizens should be aware of possible harms, said Elana...read more | Read at EdWeek

Digital Rights of Children | DML Trust Challenge Webinar
Monica Bulger, Nov 30, 2015

D&S researcher Monica Bulger participated in a Trust Challenge webinar dedicated to the digital rights of children.read more | Read on HASTAC...

Is using technology for learning a good idea?
Monica Bulger, Nov 11, 2015

D&S researcher Monica Bulger introduces better ways to measure edtech usage with children, including the following: Ask the children. As part of the demographic data collected by PISA tests,...read more | Read on LSE Blog...

Tools for Tailored Learning May Expose Students’ Personal Details
Natasha Singer, Aug 30, 2015

Incoming D&S fellow Natasha Singer reports for the New York Times on the glut of recently proposed legislation aimed at restricting the collection and use of student data.read more | Read at NYT

The real component of virtual learning: motivations for face-to-face MOOC meetings in developing and industrialised countries
Monica Bulger, Jonathan Bright, Cristóbal Cobo, Jul 27, 2015

D&S researcher Monica Bulger, Jonathan Bright, and Cristóbal Cobo investigate why some Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) users organize face-to-face meetings, exploring the hypothesis that meetup invites would reflect...read more | Read at Information, Communication & Society

Can the internet make a better contribution to children’s opportunities and well-being?
Monica Bulger, Jun 25, 2015

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Are We Training Our Students to be Robots?
danah boyd, Apr 07, 2015

In this piece, D&S founder danah boyd considers the interwoven political and social goals of education and, in light of these goals, the different ways one can interpret the personalized...read more | Read on Medium...

Media Literacy & Data Literacy discussion with Renee Hobbs & Monica Bulger
Monica Bulger, Mar 10, 2015

D&S researcher Monica Bulger participated in a discussion about Media Literacy & Data Literacy.read more | https://vimeo.com/121852691

Data & Civil Rights: Education Primer
Andrea Alarcon, Elana Zeide, Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu, Oct 30, 2014

Many education reformers see the merging of student data, predictive analytics, processing tools, and technology-based instruction as the key to the future of education and a means to further...read more |

Web We Want Festival | The Myth Of The Digital Native
Monica Bulger, Oct 01, 2014

D&S researcher Monica Bulger appeared in the Myth of the Digital Native panel for the Web We Want Festival.read more | Read on YouTube...

Intelligence and Autonomy

Discriminating Tastes: Customer Ratings as Vehicles for Bias
Alex Rosenblat, Karen Levy, Solon Barocas, Tim Hwang, Oct 19, 2016

D&S researchers Alex Rosenblat and Tim Hwang and D&S affiliates Solon Barocas and Karen Levy examine how bias may creep into evaluations of Uber drivers through consumer-sourced rating systems:...read more |

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Regional Diversity in Autonomy and Work: A Case Study from Uber and Lyft Drivers
Alex Rosenblat, Tim Hwang, Oct 13, 2016

D&S researchers Alex Rosenblat and Tim Hwang explore “the significant role of worker motivations and regional political environments on the social and economic outcomes of automation” in this new...read more |

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An AI Pattern Language
Madeleine Clare Elish, Tim Hwang, Sep 29, 2016

D&S researchers Madeleine Clare Elish and Tim Hwang discuss the social challenges of AI in a new collection of essays, An AI Pattern Language. In A Pattern Language, the...read more | Read more...

The Wisdom of the Captured
Alex Rosenblat, Tim Hwang, Sep 16, 2016

D&S researchers Alex Rosenblat and Tim Hwang analyze how widely captured data of technologies, which enable these technologies to make intelligent decisions, may negatively impact users. More broadly, how...read more |

The future of designing autonomous systems will involve ethnographers
Madeleine Clare Elish, Jun 28, 2016

D&S researcher Madeleine Clare Elish asserts ethnography and anthropology’s role in studying automation and intelligent systems. Cultural perceptions of the role of humans in automated and robotic systems need...read more | Read on Ethnography Matters...

Letting autopilot off the hook
Madeleine Clare Elish, Jun 16, 2016

D&S researcher Madeleine Clare Elish discusses the complexities of error in automated systems. Elish argues that the human role in automated systems has become ‘the weak link, rather than...read more | Read on Slate

The Truth About How Uber’s App Manages Drivers
Alex Rosenblat, Apr 06, 2016

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat examines how Uber’s app design and deployment redistributes management functions to semiautomated and algorithmic systems, as well as to consumer ratings systems, creating ambiguity around...read more | Harvard Business Review

AlphaGo and AI Fears
Madeleine Clare Elish, Mar 22, 2016

D&S fellow Madeleine Clare Elish was quoted in a Future of Life Institute piece discussing public fear of AI. “When the media focuses on AI in this way, it...read more | Read at Future of Life

Moral Crumple Zones: Cautionary Tales In Human-Robot Interaction
Madeleine Clare Elish, Mar 20, 2016

In this Working Paper from We Robot 2016, D&S Researcher Madeleine Elish employs the concept of “moral crumple zones” within human-machine systems as a lens through which to think about...read more | Download from SSRN

How Politicians Should and Shouldn’t Use Twitter Bots
Tim Hwang, Samuel Woolley, Mar 08, 2016

D&S Researcher Tim Hwang and Samuel Woolley consider the larger trend toward automated politics and the likely future sophistication of automated politics and potential impacts on the public sphere...read more | Read at Slate...

Finding the Line Between Data Collection and Authenticity
Tim Hwang, Dec 16, 2015

D&S researcher Tim Hwang was interviewed by PSFK in the series, The Future of Digital Safety & Security: A Consumer Guide, to discuss policymaking around intelligence systems. “The issue...read more | Read at PSFK

Weapons of Mass Persuasion
Tim Hwang, Sep 18, 2015

“Just as the software and hardware of the internet has been militarized by the imperatives of a mostly secret ‘cyberwar,’ so too are online social spaces being weaponized in...read more | Read at VICE Motherboard

Uber’s Phantom Cabs
Alex Rosenblat, Jul 27, 2015

“Uber’s access to real-time information about where passengers and drivers are has helped make it one of the most efficient and useful apps produced by Silicon Valley in recent...read more | Read on VICE Motherboard

The Mirage of the Marketplace
Tim Hwang, Madeleine Clare Elish, Jul 27, 2015

“Increasingly, what underlies the debate over the so-called sharing economy is a nascent, bigger battle about how society wants machines coordinating and governing human activity. These apps don’t match...read more | Read at Slate

Override
Gideon Lichfield, Jul 26, 2015

Data & Society’s Intelligence and Autonomy initiative commissioned authors to envision future scenarios for intelligent systems in four domains: medicine, labor, urban design, and warfare. The future scenario around...read more |

Read at Quartz

“Moral Crumple Zones”: When your self-driving car crashes, you could still be the one who gets sued
Madeleine Clare Elish, Tim Hwang, Jul 25, 2015

“In a self-driving car, the control of the vehicle is shared between the driver and the car’s software. How the software behaves is in turn controlled — designed —...read more | Read at Quartz

Sleights of Machine
Tim Hwang, Jun 12, 2015

D&S fellow Tim Hwang participated in a session on “Memory Holes and Security Blankets,” a discussion focusing on the legal and policy consequences of systems that process audio, at...read more | Download slide deck

Might Intelligent Machines One Day Convince Us It’s Time to Die?
Tim Hwang, Madeleine Clare Elish, May 27, 2015

Data & Society’s Intelligence and Autonomy initiative commissioned authors to envision future scenarios for intelligent systems in four domains: medicine, labor, urban design, and warfare. The future scenario around...read more | Read at VICE Motherboard

The Counselor
Robin Sloan, May 25, 2015

Data & Society’s Intelligence and Autonomy initiative commissioned authors to envision future scenarios for intelligent systems in four domains: medicine, labor, urban design, and warfare. The future scenario around...read more |

Read at VICE Motherboard

Bring on the Bots
Samuel Woolley, Tim Hwang, May 14, 2015

In this piece for Civic Hall’s Civicist, Samuel Woolley and D&S fellow Tim Hwang argue that “he failure of the ‘good bot’ is a failure of design, not a...read more | Read at Civicist

The Presentation of the Machine in Everyday Life
Karen Levy, Tim Hwang, Apr 11, 2015

“As policy concerns around intelligent and autonomous systems come to focus increasingly on transparency and usability, the time is ripe for an inquiry into the theater of autonomous systems....read more | Watch at We Robot 2015

Back Stage at the Machine Theater
Karen Levy, Tim Hwang, Apr 10, 2015

D&S fellows Karen Levy and Tim Hwang ask after the ethics of design theater. Excerpt: “A machine’s front stage performance gets enacted through design. Just as a human provides...read more | Read at re:form

Praise the Machine! Punish the Human! The Contradictory History of Accountability in Automated Aviation
Madeleine Clare Elish, Tim Hwang, Feb 24, 2015

Abstract: What will happen to current regimes of liability when driverless cars become commercially available? What happens when there is no human actor—only a computational agent—responsible for an accident?...read more |

Future of Labor: Understanding Intelligent Systems
Alex Rosenblat, Tamara Kneese, danah boyd, Oct 08, 2014

Science fiction has long imagined a workforce reshaped by robots, but the increasingly common instantiation of intelligent systems in business is much more mundane. Beyond the utopian and dystopian...read more |

Ethics in “Big Data” Research

Where are Human Subjects in Big Data Research? The Emerging Ethics Divide
Jake Metcalf, Kate Crawford, May 14, 2016

D&S Researcher Jake Metcalf and D&S Affiliate Kate Crawford examine the growing discontinuities between research practices of data science and established tools of research ethics regulation. Abstract: There are...read more | Read at Big Data and Society

Accountable Algorithms: Reflections
Joshua A. Kroll, Joanna Huey, Solon Barocas, Edward W. Felten, Joel R. Reidenberg, David G. Robinson, and Harlan Yu, Apr 05, 2016

Reflections from D&S Affiliate Solon Barocas and Advisors Edward W. Felten and Joel Reidenberg on the recent “Unlocking the Black Box” Conference held on April 2 at Yale Law School: Our work on...read more | Read at Balkinization Blog

Case Study: “It Was A Matter of Life and Death”: A YouTube Engineer’s Decision to Alter Data in the ‘It Gets Better Project’
Laurie Honda, Apr 04, 2016

In this case study, a YouTube engineer contemplates whether to subvert engineering best practices to bypass storage capacity limits on videos created for the It Gets Better Project, which...read more |

Accountable Algorithms
Joshua A. Kroll, Joanna Huey, Solon Barocas, Edward W. Felten, Joel R. Reidenberg, David G. Robinson, and Harlan Yu, Mar 02, 2016

D&S Affiliate Solon Barocas and Advisors Edward W. Felten and Joel Reidenberg collaborate on a paper outlining the importance of algorithmic accountability and fairness, proposing several tools that can...read more | Read at SSRN

No Encore for Encore? Ethical questions for web-based censorship measurement
Arvind Narayanan, Bendert Zevenbergen, Sep 14, 2015

Arvind Narayanan is a computer scientist at Princeton. He advised a Master’s thesis, described in Section 2, that utilized a similar methodology to the Encore project. Bendert Zevenbergen is...read more |

Social Media Ethics
danah boyd, Jan 09, 2015

“Some social media companies—including Facebook—have run experiments to learn what influences user behavior. Many of these experiments have troubled both social media users and privacy advocates, who worry that...read more | Watch at PBS

Privacy

Re: “Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem”
Data & Society, May 27, 2015

Data & Society submitted comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in response to their “Request for Comment on Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem.”...read more |

Data, Human Rights & Human Security

Tech Companies Should Speak Up for Refugees, Not Only High-Skilled Immigrants
Mark Latonero, May 16, 2017

D&S researcher Mark Latonero provides an overview of the role of large tech companies in refugee crises. While the 40-page brief is filled with arguments in support of immigration, it hardly...read more | Read on HBR...

Tech folk: ‘Move fast and break things’ doesn’t work when lives are at stake
Keith Hiatt, Michael Kleinman, Mark Latonero, Feb 02, 2017

D&S affiliate Keith Hiatt, Michael Kleinman, and D&S researcher Mark Latonero think critically about the usage of technology as a all-encompassing solution in human rights spaces. It’s important to acknowledge...read more | Read on The Guardian...

Victims Are Not Virtual: Situation assessment of online child sexual exploitation in South Asia
Mark Latonero, Monica Bulger, Bronwyn Wex, Emma Day, Kapil Aryal, Mariya Ali, Keith Hiatt, Nov 30, 2016

D&S researchers Mark Latonero and Monica Bulger, with Bronwyn Wex, Emma Day, Kapil Aryal, Mariya Ali, and Keith Hiatt, completed a thorough study on online child sexual exploitation in...read more | Read on UNICEF...

Human rights data used the wrong way can be misleading
Mark Latonero, Sep 01, 2016

D&S researcher Mark Latonero’s primer, ‘Data, Human Rights, and Human Security’, was mentioned in this analysis of how human rights indicators are constructed and utilized in development.read more | Read on openDemocracy...

Assessing Changes in Attitudes, Awareness, and Behavior in Indonesian Youths
Mark Latonero, Sheila Murphy, Patricia Riley, Prawit Thainiyom, May 25, 2016

D&S Fellow Mark Latonero produced a working paper presenting research done in collaboration with Sheila Murphy, Patricia Riley, and Prawit Thainiyom at the University of Southern California under USAID’s C-TIP...read more | Download the full paper from the Institute for International Education...

An App to Save Syria’s Lost Generation?
Mark Latonero, May 23, 2016

D&S fellow Mark Latonero considers recent attempts by policymakers, big tech companies, and advocates to address the deepening refugee and migrant crisis and, in particular, the educational needs of...read more | Read at Foreign Affairs

For Refugees, a Digital Passage to Europe
Mark Latonero, Feb 08, 2016

D&S Fellow Mark Latonero considers the digital infrastructure for movement of refugees — the social media platforms, mobile apps, online maps, instant messaging, translation websites, wire money transfers, cell...read more | Read at Responsible Data Forum...

Refugees’ New Infrastructure for Movement
Mark Latonero, Feb 01, 2016

A Digital Passage Phones, social media, mobile apps, online maps, instant messaging, translation websites, wire money transfers, cell phone charging stations, and Wi-Fi hotspots have created a new infrastructure...read more | Read on Points...

How mobile communication helps refugees…and smugglers
Mark Latonero, Jan 31, 2016

D&S Fellow Mark Latonero participated in this episode of CBC Radio discussing how mobile tech can help refugees and also smugglers. Researcher Mark Latonero argues that all manner of...read more | Listen at CBC

Tech-savvy sex traffickers stay ahead of authorities as lure teens online
Mark Latonero, Nov 15, 2015

D&S fellow Mark Latonero was quoted in this Reuters piece detailing how human traffickers can use technology to further commit crimes. “Traffickers are using the scale and popularity of...read more | Read at Reuters

Mark Latonero: Data-Driven Tensions in Human Rights
Mark Latonero, Aug 20, 2015

D&S fellow Mark Latonero spoke at a GovLab Idea Lunch to discuss the complexities of human rights-related data collection. Latonero used his last six years of work in investigating...read more | Read at GovLab

Emerging Responsible Data Questions for Human Rights and Human Security
Mark Latonero, Jun 22, 2015

In this guest blogpost for the Responsible Data Forum, D&S fellow Mark Latonero provides an overview of the issues and tensions addressed by the Data, Human Rights & Human...read more | Read at Responsible Data Forum

Data, Human Rights & Human Security
Mark Latonero, Zachary Gold, Jun 22, 2015

“In today’s global digital ecosystem, mobile phone cameras can document and distribute images of physical violence. Drones and satellites can assess disasters from afar. Big data collected from social...read more |

Re: “Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem”
Data & Society, May 27, 2015

Data & Society submitted comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in response to their “Request for Comment on Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem.”...read more |

Big Data and Human Rights, a New and Sometimes Awkward Relationship
Mark Latonero, Jan 28, 2015

“‘The application of big data in the human rights domain is still really in its infancy,’ said Mark Latonero, research director and professor at the USC Annenberg Center on...read more | Read at AAAS news

The Trafficking-Technology Nexus
Jennifer Lynne Musto, danah boyd, Sep 12, 2014

Within some public policy and scholarly accounts, human trafficking is increasingly understood as a technological problem that invites collaborative anti-trafficking solutions. A growing cohort of state, non-governmental, and corporate...read more | Read in Social Politics

Why big data has some big problems when it comes to public policy
Mark Latonero, Aug 28, 2014

Excerpt: “ Mark Latonero, who heads up the University of Southern California’s Technology & Human Trafficking project, spoke about the work his team is doing to try and...read more | Read at GigaOm

Cities of Data

Digital Master Planning: An Emerging Strategic Practice in Global Cities
Anthony Townsend, Stephen Lorimer, Jul 24, 2015

D&S fellow Anthony Townsend coauthored an NYU Marron Institute working paper. Abstract: The 21st century is being shaped by two global trends: the near-total urbanization of the world’s population,...read more | Download from Marron Institute

Making Sense of the New Urban Science
Anthony Townsend, Alissa Chisholm, Jul 07, 2015

We are living in the age of cities. It is an urgent time, and an uncertain one. Never before have human beings built so much with such haste. Yet...read more | Download PDF

Re: “Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem”
Data & Society, May 27, 2015

Data & Society submitted comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in response to their “Request for Comment on Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem.”...read more |

Would You Share Private Data for the Good of City Planning?
Anthony Townsend, Jan 27, 2015

“As the data accumulates, these traffic schemas acquire a third dimension: They show a city changing not just from day to night, but from year to year. Using cellphone...read more | Read at Next City

Smart Cities Will Take Many Forms
Anthony Townsend, Nov 18, 2014

“What does a city taken over by computers—or perhaps smartphones—look like? “ ‘A city that’s taken over by computers designed by a big technology company is...read more | Read at MIT Tech Review

They’re Tracking When You Turn Off the Lights
Anthony Townsend, Oct 20, 2014

Excerpt: “Municipal sensor networks offer big opportunities, but they also carry risks. In turning personal habits into digital contrails, the technology may tempt authorities to misuse it. While academics...read more | Read at WSJ

Uber Settles with FTC Again, This Time over 2014 Privacy Breach
Wired, Aug 15, 2017

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat was interviewed about Uber for Klint Finley’s article in Wired Tuesday’s agreement may not be the end of Uber’s problems with the FTC either. Hartzog... read more | Read on Wired

Know how fake your news is with this lexicon of lies
Quartz, Aug 14, 2017

Quartz cites D&S Postdoctoral Scholar Caroline Jack in their guide to Lexicon of Lies: Problematic information comes in various forms, each uniquely irksome. Yet people are quick to blast... read more | Read at Quartz

What is the Alt-Right?
Teaching Tolerance, Aug 13, 2017

D&S Researcher Becca Lewis discusses the recruiting methodologies of the Alt-Right in Teaching Tolerance ‘Social media can be very powerful in shaping outlooks, but it doesn’t operate in a... read more | Read on Teaching Tolerance

Developing AI apps free from bias crucial to avoid analytics errors
TechTarget, Jul 07, 2017

D&S Researcher Madeleine Clare Elish discusses the implications of biased AI in different contexts. She said when AI is applied to areas like targeted marketing or customer service, this... read more | Read at TechTarget

Harvard Rescinds Admission Of 10 Students Over Obscene Facebook Messages
NPR, Jun 06, 2017

D&S researcher Monica Bulger discusses the recent Harvard rescinded admission offers in the context of youth transgressive behavior on social media. says that researchers like herself are increasingly... read more | Read on NPR...

To Serve the National Interest
Rhizome, Apr 05, 2017

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington, with Josh Begley and Seth Freed Wessler, created an installation on presentation at the Ace Hotel. Building on Wessler’s journalistic investigation into privately run immigrant-only... read more | Read on Rhizome...

Calling Uber-Like Businesses the ‘Sharing Economy’ Masks Reality
Fortune, Mar 13, 2017

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Ryan Calo’s recent work, The Taking Economy: Uber, Information, and Power, was profiled in this Fortune piece. One part of the argument that stuck... read more | Read on Fortune...

Algorithms Learn From Us, and We Can Be Better Teachers
NBC News, Mar 10, 2017

D&S affiliates Solon Barocas and Suresh Venkatasubramanian discuss the implications of machine-learning algorithms in real life. What if someone is refused a loan and suspects it had something to... read more | Read on NBC News...

The Latest Victim of Uber’s Disruption May Be Itself
TIME, Mar 09, 2017

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Ryan Calo’s recent work in “The Taking Economy: Uber, Information, and Power” was featured in this TIME article. At a minimum, Greyball makes apparent... read more | Read on TIME...

How to Talk to Your Facebook Friends about Fake News
The Open Notebook, Feb 21, 2017

D&S fellow Alice E. Marwick was quoted in this piece discussing fake news, confirmation bias, and social media. When it comes to politics, we “take a personal stake,” says... read more | Read on The Open Notebook...

On Our Reading List: A Detailed History, Autopsy and Legacy of inBloom
EdSurge, Feb 07, 2017

D&S researcher Monica Bulger, with D&S research analysts Mikaela Pitcan and Patrick Davison, recently had their new work, The Legacy of inBloom, discussed in EdSurge. The intentions, misunderstandings, concerns... read more | https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-02-07-on-our-reading-list-a-detailed-history-autopsy-and-legacy-of-inbloom

Watchworthy Wednesday: Podcast Examines Human Rights Data Analysis
Dmlcentral.net, Jan 18, 2017

D&S friend Patrick Ball’s episode of D&S’s new podcast, Listen, was featured in this profile by DML Central. read more | Read on DML Central...

Fake Pop-Up Exposes the Dark Side of the Information Age
The Creators Project, Jan 17, 2017

D&S affiliate Surya Mattu and fellow Tega Brain’s artwork was featured in Tactical Tech’s The Glass Room. In Unfitbit by Surya Mattu and Tega Brain, a FitBit is attached... read more | Read more on The Creators Project...

Trump’s Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Fuels Data Concerns
Education Week, Jan 13, 2017

D&S researcher Monica Bulger was quoted in this piece discussing how immigrant families may feel fearful about school data. “My concern is that right now there is a lot... read more | Read on Education Week...

PULSE offers ‘Stranger Visions’ into our DNA
ConnectSavannah.com, Jan 11, 2017

D&S artist-in-residence Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s work has been profiled in Connect Savannah. “For me, it was this moment of revelation of human vulnerability,” she recalls. “It was this question of... read more | Read on Connect Savannah...

MIT Media Lab to participate in $27 million initiative on AI ethics and governance
MIT News, Jan 10, 2017

D&S advisor Joi Ito was quoted in this MIT Media Lab press release about the AI joint initiative with the Berkman Center. “AI’s rapid development brings along a lot... read more | Read on MIT News...

In Macedonia’s fake news hub, teen shows AP how it’s done
AP, Dec 02, 2016

D&S researcher Robyn Caplan was interviewed by AP about fake news, specifically in regards to the fake news industry in Macedonia. “Telling real from fake is difficult when people... read more | Read on AP...

Simulating Enron: the undead corpus of emails from a massive corporate fraud
Rhizome, Nov 21, 2016

D&S fellow Tega Brain’s work with Sam Lavigne was featured in Rhizome. The Good Life (Enron Simulator) by Sam Lavigne and Tega Brain was awarded a 2016 Rhizome Net... read more | Read on Rhizome...

Do Uber ratings let passengers discriminate against drivers?
New Scientist, Oct 12, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat expands on the work of “Discriminating Tastes: Customer Ratings as Vehicles for Bias if Uber ratings discriminate against drivers” in this New Scientist piece. The... read more | Read on New Scientist...

The projects from these 3 Eyebeam fellows are all really interesting
technical.ly, Oct 11, 2016

D&S affiliate Mimi Onuoha’s art was featured at Eyebeam this week. Onuoha discusses her interest in missing data. I think we’re getting to a moment where people are starting... read more | Read on Technical.ly Brookyln

Facebook-backed school software shows promise — and raises privacy concerns
The Washington Post, Oct 11, 2016

D&S researcher Monica Bulger was quoted in this Washington Post piece discussing edtech and how it might impact students’ privacy. Even as Basecamp and countless other tech-centered programs have... read more | Read on Washington Post...

Machine logic: our lives are ruled by big tech’s ‘decisions by data’
The Guardian, Oct 08, 2016

D&S affiliate Kate Crawford discusses the amount of power tech companies hold. Crawford says there are very practical reasons why tech companies have become so powerful. “We’re trying to... read more | Read on The Guardian...

US Government No Longer In Charge Of Global Internet Address Book
CBS Local San Francisco, Oct 01, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington was quoted in this article discussing who owns the internet. “Ted Cruz is under the impression that we owned the Internet to begin with, and... read more | Read on CBS Local...

The Bizarre Second Life of the Utopian “Facebook Killer”
Backchannel, Sep 30, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd’s research was quoted in this Backchannel piece exploring Ello. Black and Latino teens, for example, are more likely than white teens to use pseudonyms on... read more | Read on Backchannel...

To Make AI Less Biased, Give It a Worldview
Motherboard, Sep 27, 2016

D&S affiliate Sorelle Friedler’s work with Carlos Scheidegger and Suresh Venkatasubramanian was explored in this piece by Motherboard Vice – Venkatasubramanian was further quoted discussing their work. “In a... read more | Read on Motherboard...

Satellite Images Of Data Centers And Military Bases Become Lenticular Works Of Art
Fast Company CoCreate, Sep 16, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington’s exhibition Reconnaissance was profiled in this piece by Fast Co.Create. DJ PANGBURN 09.16.16 2:30 PM To call a virtual globe the god’s-eye view implies a... read more | Read on Fast Co.Create...

Using DNA, dirt and feces, international artists merge science and art to answer life questions
Buffalo.edu, Sep 14, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s work in SELL/BIO was profiled in this piece by the University of Buffalo. SELL/BIO will investigate the transformation of human bodies into corporate profits, specifically,... read more | Read on University of Buffalo...

Inside 311, the City’s ‘Front Door’ to Government
Gotham Gazette, Sep 13, 2016

D&S affiliate Noel Hidalgo was quoted discussing the current model of NYC city government referring citizens to 311 for complaints. This is an imperfect model, according to Noel Hidalgo,... read more | Read on Gotham Gazette...

Mapping the Hidden Structures of New York City’s Internet Networks
Atlas Obscura, Sep 08, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington’s new book Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure was profiled in this Atlas Obscura piece. “One of the things... read more | Read on Atlas Obscura...

Human rights data used the wrong way can be misleading
OpenDemocracy.com, Sep 01, 2016

D&S researcher Mark Latonero’s primer, ‘Data, Human Rights, and Human Security’, was mentioned in this analysis of how human rights indicators are constructed and utilized in development. read more | Read on openDemocracy...

Civil Rights and Tech Advocates Sound Alarm on Racial Bias in ‘Predictive Policing’
CivilRights.org, Aug 31, 2016

Data & Society, with 16 other organizations, signed “a sweeping rebuke to the use and misuse of predictive policing products by police departments as the technology and policy firm... read more | Read on civilrights.org...

Legal question: How do you cross-examine a computer?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug 29, 2016

D&S resident Rebecca Wexler was interviewed for a piece discussing why the source code of TrueAllele, a probabilistic DNA program, is necessary to provide due process for a defendant.... read more | Read on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...

New Field Guide Explains NYC’s Weird Antennae, Wiring and Some of Its Cameras
The Observer, Aug 28, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington’s new book Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet was profiled in this piece by The Observer. Fifteenth Street used to... read more | Read on The Observer...

Uber Drivers Under Algorithmic Management: Study
Information Week, Aug 02, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this Information Week analyzing Uber’s algorithmic management model. “Overall, the risk and costs are redistributed to drivers, through a combination of communications... read more | Read at Information Week

How Uber punishes drivers who refuse to use UberPool
CNN, Jul 28, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this CNN piece describing an Uber tactic called timeouts meant to discourage drivers from turning down rides. The timeouts have also reignited... read more | Read on CNN...

Data & Society to help foster public understanding of the effects of data-driven technologies with $250,000 from Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation blog, Jul 27, 2016

NEW YORK – July 27, 2016 – Data & Society, a research institute focused on the social and cultural issues arising from data-driven technology, will promote greater understanding of... read more | Read at Knight Foundation

The inspiring way hundreds of Asian Americans are teaching their families about Black Lives Matter
The Washington Post, Jul 08, 2016

D&S advisor Christina Xu discussed the creation of an open Google document devised to help Asian Americans discuss why Black Lives Matter is important to relatives. “When people were... read more | Read on Washington Post...

Asian Americans are crowdsourcing a letter to explain Black Lives Matter to their families
The Next Web, Jul 08, 2016

D&S advisor Christina Xu was quoted about her initiation of an open Google Document made by and for Asian Americans to explain why they support Black Lives Matter to... read more | Read on The Next Web...

Fort Greene comedian delivers Independence Day talk on slavery
Brooklyn Paper, Jul 06, 2016

D&S advisor Baratunde Thurston performed Frederick Douglass’ speech ‘What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?’ on Independence Day. “I though it was tremendous,” said Thurston. “I’m not... read more | Read on Brooklyn Paper...

Google Is Transforming NYC’s Payphones Into a ‘Personalized Propaganda Engine’
Village Voice, Jul 06, 2016

D&S fellow Surya Mattu was quoted in this piece by The Village Voice analyzing New York City’s LinkNYC kiosk and how it may collect user data. “From a user... read more | Read on the Village Voice...

Men can test their sperm count at home with new device Trak
The Guardian, Jul 05, 2016

D&S fellow Karen Levy was quoted in this piece detailing the implications of fertility tracking devices. “Scoring and quantifying aspects of sexual health has the potential to be empowering,... read more | Read on The Guardian...

Facebook, a News Giant That Would Rather Show Us Baby Pictures
New York Times, Jun 29, 2016

D&S research analyst Robyn Caplan was quoted in this NYT piece examining Facebook’s role in the news industry. “This is a funny kind of transparency,” said Robyn Caplan, an... read more | Read at NYT

We’re Obsessed With Our Credit Scores
Slate, Jun 29, 2016

D&S fellow Martha Poon was quoted in this Slate piece discussing credit scores. Two decades ago, barely anyone outside the lending industry had even heard of a credit score.... read more | Read at Slate...

How Facebook could rig the election
Thrillist, Jun 20, 2016

D&S researchers Robyn Caplan and Bonnie Tijerina were quoted in this Thrillist piece discussing Facebook’s capability in influencing elections. “There’s a lack of training to really question ‘what are... read more | Read at Thrillist

The Facebook “trending” controversy is really about the perception of objectivity, argue commentators.
Medium, May 19, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd was quoted in this piece on Medium that analyzes Facebook’s trending news list. The second, more interesting complaint, as Stanley puts it, isn’t about legal... read more | Read at Medium

Facebook’s Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching
The New York Times, May 11, 2016

D&S research analyst Robyn Caplan was quoted in this NYT piece criticizing Facebook’s approach to curating trending news. “Algorithms equal editors,” said Robyn Caplan, a research analyst at Data... read more | Read on NYT...

Facebook’s Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching
New York Times, May 11, 2016

D&S researcher Robyn Caplan is quoted in The New York Times article Facebook’s Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching. “Algorithms equal editors,” said Robyn Caplan, a research analyst at... read more | Read at The New York Times

De Blasio pushes online engagement in new Digital Playbook
Politico, May 09, 2016

D&S Fellow Noel Hidalgo was quoted in this Politico piece discussing the DeBlasio administration’s launch of the NYC Digital Services Playbook. “With the launch of the NYC Digital Services... read more | Read at Politico

Computer gleans chemical insight from lab notebook failures
Nature, May 04, 2016

D&S Fellow Sorelle Friedler’s work in developing an algorithm to map out failed chemical reactions was discussed in this piece in Nature. The Haverford team of materials scientists, co-led... read more | Read at Nature

Duet Ex Machina
Psychology Today, May 02, 2016

D&S fellow Karen Levy discusses her research with truckers, how they work with heightened surveillance, and how they protest surveillance methods in this Psychology Today article None of this... read more | Read at Psychology Today

How Uber conquered London
The Guardian, Apr 27, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was quoted in this piece by the Guardian discussing Uber’s influence in London. According to Rosenblat, there is very little about Uber which is light-touch,... read more | Read at The Guardian

Facebook Isn’t the Social Network Anymore
Slate, Apr 24, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd’s work was referred to in this Slate article discussing the future relevancy of Facebook. Facebook has seen a decline in “original sharing”—posts by people about... read more | Read at Slate

How Uber’s big settlement may make things worse for its drivers
The Los Angeles Times, Apr 22, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s article for the Harvard Business Review was cited in the LA Times in its discussion of Uber’s workforce. The settlement still leaves Uber... read more | Read at LA Times

Researchers struggle with the ethical dilemma of using hacked data
Daily Dot, Apr 21, 2016

Dr. Roei Davidson and Dr. Nathaniel Poor of the Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society discuss the ethics of utilizing data from a hacked database, even if the data... read more | Read at Daily Dot

Amazon doesn’t consider the race of its customers. Should it?
Bloomberg, Apr 21, 2016

D&S Fellow Sorelle Friedler was quoted in this piece in Bloomberg discussing Amazon’s choice to provide same-day services to some neighborhoods, but not to others. “As soon as you... read more | Read at Bloomberg

Facebook is worried about users sharing less – but it only has itself to blame
The Guardian, Apr 19, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd’s discussion of collapsed contexts was cited in the Guardian in Anna Lauren Hoffmann’s piece on how users are sharing less data on Facebook. “danah boyd... read more | Read at The Guardian

A Toxic Web: What the Victorians Can Teach Us about online abuse
The Guardian, Apr 18, 2016

D&S Researcher Amanda Lenhart’s was interviewed in this piece by the Guardian that ties online harassment to social campaigns in the Victorian era to govern safe food. “Media coverage... read more | Read at The Guardian

Does social media make gangs more violent?
Fusion, Apr 13, 2016

D&S Affiliate Desmond Patton was interviewed in Fusion’s article about online gang violence. “People compared online gang violence to cyberbullying, but it felt different,” told . “If [a... read more | Read at The Fusion

Unfit Bits: How to hack your fitness data
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Apr 08, 2016

D&S Fellow Surya Mattu’s collaboration with artist Tega Brain, Unfit Bits, was discussed in this piece by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). “For one, it seems that privacy is... read more | Read at Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Packet Sniffing in the Subway
Medium, Mar 28, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington’s internet infrastructure field guide was linked to in this Medium piece discussing Wi-Fi service in New York City’s subways. These relationships—which represent hundreds of millions... read more | Read at Medium

Architectural History of Computing Workshop
James Acklin, Mar 26, 2016

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington was profiled in this piece by James Acklin, who participated in her workshop on the Architectural History of Computation. ENIAC was designed to calculate artillery... read more | Read at James Acklin

Protecting Employees’ Health Data
New York Times, Mar 26, 2016

D&S affiliates Ifeoma Ajunwa and Kate Crawford with Jason Schultz had their work, Limitless Worker Surveillance, linked to in this New York Times article discussing health data and privacy.... read more | Read at NYT

The Sharing Economy’s Dirty Laundry
Jacobin, Mar 23, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in the sharing economy was discussed in Jacobin Magazine. “For example, Uber has successfully created the impression that their surge-pricing policies... read more | Read at Jacobin Magazine

‘Fitbit for your period’: the rise of fertility tracking
The Guardian, Mar 23, 2016

D&S fellow Karen Levy discusses apps that monitor fertility in this piece by the Guardian. “People trying to get pregnant are a very marketable segment,” Karen Levy, a professor... read more | Read on The Guardian...

AlphaGo and AI Fears
Future of Life Institute, Mar 22, 2016

D&S fellow Madeleine Clare Elish was quoted in a Future of Life Institute piece discussing public fear of AI. “When the media focuses on AI in this way, it... read more | Read at Future of Life

The Inherent Bias of Facial Recognition
Vice, Mar 21, 2016

D&S fellow Sorelle Friedler was quoted in Vice’s online magazine, Motherboard, in an article discussing how biased decision-making can impact facial recognition systems. “It’s one of those things where... read more | Read at Vice

Uber business model does not justify a new ‘independent worker’” category
Economic Policy Institute, Mar 17, 2016

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work on researching the sharing economy, and particularly Uber, was quoted in this piece by the Economic Policy Institute. “According to Rosenblat and Stark (2015),... read more | Read at Economic Policy Institute

Can Computer Programs Be Racist And Sexist?
NPR, Mar 15, 2016

D&S Fellow Sorelle Friedler was interviewed for an NPR piece discussing algorithms and bias. says other studies show that women are more likely to be shown lower-paying jobs... read more | Read at NPR

City tech approach gets mixed grades two years in
Politico, Mar 11, 2016

D&S Fellow Noel Hidalgo was quoted in a Politico article discussing technology’s role in DeBlasio’s administration. “I think that for the most part the highest reaches of the administration... read more | Read at Politico

Could Cops Use Facebook Reactions to Target Criminals?
New York Magazine, Mar 07, 2016

D&S affiliate Desmond Patton was quoted in this New York Magazine piece about on how police can use new Facebook reactions to measure sentiment in crime cases. “The ways... read more | Read at NY Mag

Technology exacerbates cultural divides
The University Star, Feb 24, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd’s book, “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”, was discussed in this piece by the University Star. Society tends to uphold technology as a... read more | Read at the University Star

Science on Salt Is Polarized, Study Finds
Mailman School of Public Health, Feb 18, 2016

D&S fellow David Merritt Johns was quoted in the Mailman School of Public Health announcement discussing his analysis of scientific citations. “There are two almost distinct bodies of scholarship—one... read more | Read at the Mailman School of Public Health

Latest research could be a blow to city’s sodium case
Politico, Feb 17, 2016

D&S Fellow David Merritt Johns’ work, along with other researchers, was cited in this Politico article, discussing how researchers cited their articles in public health research on sodium. Sandro... read more | Read at Politico

How Much Is Too Much When It Comes To Salt Intake? A Meta Analysis Reveals No One Is Sure
Medical Daily, Feb 17, 2016

D&S fellow David Merritt Johns was cited in this Medical Daily piece discussing his article about primary reviews in health research. The researchers found many of the systematic reviews... read more | Read at Medical Daily

Scientists can’t agree whether salt is killing us. Here’s why.
The Washington Post, Feb 17, 2016

D&S fellow David Merritt Johns’ work, in conjunction with other researchers, was cited in a Washington Post article discussing how scholars cite their findings. “We found that the published... read more | Read at Washington Post

At Berkeley, a New Digital Privacy Protest
New York Times, Feb 01, 2016

D&S affiliate Elana Zeide was quoted in this piece by the New York Times discussing digital privacy in schools. “We’re really just starting to sort out the risks and... read more | Read at NYT

How mobile communication helps refugees…and smugglers
CBC, Jan 31, 2016

D&S Fellow Mark Latonero participated in this episode of CBC Radio discussing how mobile tech can help refugees and also smugglers. Researcher Mark Latonero argues that all manner of... read more | Listen at CBC

Sorelle Friedler Wins Knight News Challenge On Data
Haverford College, Jan 28, 2016

D&S Fellow Sorelle Friedler won the Knight News Challenge on Data, a $35,000 prize, that will help fund research in data discrimination. “We’re not assigning motive or malicious intent... read more | Read at Haverford College's Website

Why Monitoring Workers Could End Up Backfiring
Huffington Post, Jan 21, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd was quoted in this Huffington Post piece discussing the impacts of higher rates of surveilling workers. “Pushing for efficiency is destabilizing low-wage workers.” And thus,... read more | Read at Huffington Post

The Hidden Environmental Cost Of Almost Everything You Do Online
Huffington Post, Jan 21, 2016

D&S founder danah boyd was quoted in the Huffington Post discussing the environmental impact of the cloud. “If you think about it, why are you keeping around every notification... read more | Read at the Huffington Post

Hilary Mason: Fast Forward Labs CEO. One-time aspiring taxi driver. Your nerd best friend.
Tech Republic, Jan 15, 2016

D&S affiliate Hilary Mason was interviewed in a piece for Tech Republic about her work in founding Fast Forward Labs and how she became involved in data science. “That... read more | Read at Tech Republic

Analytics in K-12 Schools: Big Data, or Big Brother?
Education Week, Jan 11, 2016

D&S Affiliate Elana Ziede discusses the potential harms to collecting private data in educational systems. In the meantime, parents and citizens should be aware of possible harms, said Elana... read more | Read at EdWeek

Two Years Behind Bars or 20? One Day, a Computer Formula May Have a Say
Truth Dig, Jan 07, 2016

D&S Fellow Angèle Christin was quoted in this piece on TruthDig dissecting biased sentencing algorithms. “Because these algorithms are using past data to build the algorithm, and past data... read more | Read at Truth Dig

Person of the Year- The Short List – No. 6 – Travis Kalanick
TIME, Dec 31, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work was mentioned in Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s Time Person of the Year shortlist profile. A study done by another nonprofit group,... read more | Read at TIME

New federal rules will subject truck drivers to more monitoring than ever
The Washington Post, Dec 24, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy was quoted in this Washington Post article discussing electronic monitors of truck drivers. “There is widespread feeling that ELDs crack down on drivers while missing... read more | Read at the Washington Post

Finding the Line Between Data Collection and Authenticity
PSFK, Dec 16, 2015

D&S researcher Tim Hwang was interviewed by PSFK in the series, The Future of Digital Safety & Security: A Consumer Guide, to discuss policymaking around intelligence systems. “The issue... read more | Read at PSFK

Uber can’t be defeated from the outside—but maybe from within
Maclean's, Dec 10, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat, along with Luke Stark, was quoted in this Maclean’s article discussing how drivers may bring changes to the driving sharing economy. They concluded that the... read more | Read at Maclean's

Another Pointless Study / Law & Order / Tech A Tale of Two Uber Studies: As Lawsuit Expands, Dueling Datasets Ask Whether Drivers Are Happy
SF Weekly, Dec 10, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work in researching the driving sharing economy was mentioned in this San Francisco Weekly article discussing Uber drivers’ attitudes towards participating in Uber. 88 percent... read more | Read at SF Weekly

Never lose your Uber again! New colour changing strips allows cars to ‘flash’ at their passengers
Daily Mail, Dec 03, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat’s work was quoted in this Daily Mail piece discussing Uber’s new strategies to help users find their rides. ‘If a potential passenger opened up the... read more | Read at Daily Mail

When Your Boss Is an Uber Algorithm
MIT Technology Review, Dec 01, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat is quoted in MIT Technology Review article discussing Uber’s control over its drivers. Alex Rosenblat, a researcher at Data & Society and coauthor of the... read more | Read at MIT Technology Review

Sociology Alumna Asks: Where is Data-Driven Society Steering Us?
Queen's University, Dec 01, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat was profiled by her alma mater, Queen’s University, about her work researching Uber, data and civil rights, and the future of labor. Looking back at... read more | Read at Queen's University

RSG030: Alex Rosenblat On How Much Control Uber Really Has Over Its Drivers
TheRideShareGuy.com, Nov 25, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat is interviewed by the Ride Share Guy, a podcast and blog for rideshare drivers. read more | Listen at The Ride Share Guy

Can Women Build A Better Tinder?
Backchannel, Nov 19, 2015

Anil Dash was quoted in this Backchannel piece discussing how founders impact the apps they create, particularly with dating apps. But as users, we need to consistently think about... read more | Read at Backchannel

The Uber Counterculture
The Awl, Nov 17, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in researching Uber’s treatment of its drivers was reviewed and discussed in this piece by The Awl. But perhaps the most... read more | Read at The Awl

Recap: Machine Eatable with Mimi Onuoha
Microsoft New York, Nov 16, 2015

D&S fellow Mimi Onuoha was spotlighted at Microsoft NY’s Machine Eatable, where she discussed her methods of data collection and what she sees in the relationship between data and... read more | Read at Microsoft NY

Tech-savvy sex traffickers stay ahead of authorities as lure teens online
Reuters, Nov 15, 2015

D&S fellow Mark Latonero was quoted in this Reuters piece detailing how human traffickers can use technology to further commit crimes. “Traffickers are using the scale and popularity of... read more | Read at Reuters

Here are 3 legal cases from the future
Fusion, Nov 13, 2015

D&S researcher Tim Hwang participated on a panel at Fusion’s Real Future Fair, where he debated how future laws will need to solve possible cases utilizing future data analysis... read more | Read at Fusion

What Happens to Childhood When You Start Counting Steps?
New York Times, Nov 13, 2015

D&S researcher Amanda Lenhart was interviewed for this New York Times piece discussing how children may respond to fitness tracking apps. The risk is that children may be discouraged... read more | Read at NYT

Can Seattle Launch a Movement for a New Kind of Workers’ Union?
The Stranger, Nov 11, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work in researching Uber’s labor management was discussed in this article by the Stranger. After studying online forums where drivers talked about... read more | Read at The Stranger

Partner “spy” apps make it easy to snoop, but should you?
CBC, Nov 08, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy was interviewed on this CBC Radio segment discussing intimate surveillance. Apps are just one way spouses monitor each other, Levy says. Practices also include “checking... read more | Listen at CBC Radio

At Uber, the Algorithm Is More Controlling Than the Real Boss
The Wall Street Journal, Nov 04, 2015

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark’s work was discussed in this Wall Street Journal piece discussing Uber’s control over its workers. The company’s algorithm uses performance metrics, scheduling... read more | Read at WSJ

The Infrastructure Tourist – Tim Hwang wants to show you how the world works.
California Sunday Magazine, Oct 29, 2015

D&S researcher Tim Hwang was profiled in California Sunday Magazine and spoke about the Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory. “I think when you learn about infrastructure,” Hwang says, “you end... read more | Read at California Sunday Magazine

The Dark Side of Algorithms
WGBH, Oct 23, 2015

D&S affiliate Seeta Peña Gangadharan discusses biases that can be reinforced through algorithm-based technologies. “The use of algorithmic analysis on big data or vast amounts of information really enables... read more | Read at WGBH

The Great Silicon Valley Bubble Machine
The Atlantic, Oct 20, 2015

D&S founder danah boyd was quoted in this Atlantic article discussing valuations of tech firms and start-ups. The mega valuations tech firms are getting these days are absurd—and there’s... read more | Read at The Atlantic

Norway’s Capital To Ban Private Cars From City Center By 2019
Huffington Post, Oct 20, 2015

D&S affiliate Anthony Townsend discusses Oslo’s move to ban private cars from its city center by 2019. Banning cars is “not a new idea, but doing it on this... read more | Read at Huffington Post

Data for Humanity: An Open Letter
Frankfurt Big Data Lab, Oct 14, 2015

D&S founder danah boyd, researchers Claire Fontaine and Alissa Chisholm, and affiliate Tricia Wang signed this petition from the Frankfurt Big Data Lab. Goal: To bring people and institutions... read more | Read at Frankfurt Big Data Lab

Scores of Scores: How Companies Are Reducing Consumers to Single Numbers
The Atlantic, Oct 14, 2015

D&S fellow Natasha Singer was quoted in this article by The Atlantic discussing ratings and measurements given by companies to consumers. Natasha Singer, a tech reporter for The New... read more | Read at The Atlantic

Hilary Mason: Use data science and machine intelligence to build a better future
Tech Republic, Oct 14, 2015

D&S affiliate Hilary Mason was the opening keynote speaker at the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference 2015. …in a subtle nod to the #ILookLikeAnEngineer movement, Mason introduced herself... read more | Read at Tech Republic

Enchanting By Numbers (2015 version)
The Theory of Everything, Oct 09, 2015

D&S researcher Tim Hwang was interviewed in Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything podcast. We take another look at algorithms. Tim Hwang explains how Uber’s algorithms generate phantom cars and... read more | Listen on Theory of Everything

When Social Media Fuels Gang Violence
NPR, Oct 07, 2015

D&S affiliate Desmond Patton was quoted in this piece by NPR discussing ‘cyber banging’. “One idea is that if we can decode the language, then perhaps we can send... read more | Read at NPR

The User-Centered Library: Digital UX Workshop Preview
Library Journal, Oct 01, 2015

D&S researcher Bonnie Tijerina was quoted in this piece by the Library Journal that discussed how to integrate online user experience into libraries. “Libraries exist in the digital world... read more | Read at Library Journal

How to Fake Your Workout
The Atlantic, Sep 28, 2015

D&S fellow Surya Mattu’s joint work with Tega Brian on Unfit Bits was discussed in this piece by The Atlantic. The engineers Tega Brain and Surya Mattu have a... read more | Read at The Atlantic

Privacy Has to Begin at Home
Inside Higher Ed, Sep 24, 2015

D&S affiliate Elana Zeide was quoted in this piece by Insider Higher Ed that explores privacy at universities. Elana J. Zeide, a privacy research fellow at the New York... read more | Read at Inside Higher Ed

We Don’t Even Know How Best to Use Body Cameras—Let Alone Regulate Them
The Nation, Sep 23, 2015

D&S founder danah boyd and D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat were quoted in this article by the Nation discussing police body cameras. and Alex Rosenblat suggested in The... read more | Read at the Nation

Making data work for individuals and communities
Knight Foundation blog, Sep 14, 2015

Data & Society was mentioned in this piece by the Knight Foundation discussing the Knight News Challenge on Data. The Knight News Challenge on Data, put forth by the... read more | Read at the Knight Foundation

Designing the future – Tech Weekly podcast
The Guardian, Sep 10, 2015

D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington participated in Tech Weekly’s podcast discussing technological designs. read more | Listen at the Guardian

How copyright is killing your favorite memes
The Washington Post, Sep 08, 2015

D&S researcher Tim Hwang responds to corporations copywriting memes in this article by the Washington Post. “Culture is remixing content, borrowing ideas, accessing ideas to make something new,” said... read more | Read at Washington Post

Gamifying the workplace: is it ethical?
PRI, Sep 05, 2015

D&S fellow Karen Levy is quoted in this PRI article that discusses how workers respond to tracking technologies. “It sounds like it’s just a way to sort of optimize... read more | Read at PRI

Arctic Climate Change, Pot Pesticides, and Student Data
ScienceFriday.com, Sep 04, 2015

D&S fellow Natasha Singer participates in this episode of Science Friday discussing learning apps and collecting student data. read more | Read at Science Friday

When Big Data Becomes Bad Data
ProPublica, Sep 02, 2015

D&S fellow Sorelle Friedler and D&S affiliate Solon Barocas were both cited in an article in ProPublica discussing when data collection results in discriminatory business decisions. Software that makes... read more | Read at ProPublica

Tech Tuesday: Cell Phone Etiquette, Student Data Privacy Concerns
NPR, Sep 01, 2015

D&S fellow Natasha Singer was interviewed about student data privacy. read more | Read at NPR

Mark Latonero: Data-Driven Tensions in Human Rights
GovLab, Aug 20, 2015

D&S fellow Mark Latonero spoke at a GovLab Idea Lunch to discuss the complexities of human rights-related data collection. Latonero used his last six years of work in investigating...