Algorithms & Data Politics (overview)

Weeks 11-12 (Nov 19 – Dec 2).
Internet use leaves traces of personal information that can be used by other parties for their gain. Our own data is tracked and used in ways we have no control over. As machine-learning algorithms come to shape and dominate decision-making in global society, the pressure to make more personal data available will steadily increase.
Here we take a closer look at this tipping point moment – how does artifical intelligence and data tracking continue to shape the global cultural landscape, and what can we do about it?

Featured activities:

Read & reflect: Safiya Noble on algorithms of oppression. Podcast, article (Engine Failure) and TED videos available

Watch & reflect: Eli Pariser’s Beware online “filter bubbles” (TED Talk)

Listen & reflect: Cathy O’Neill on Weapons of Math Destruction (podcast)

Optional resources & activities:

Video: Jared Lanier on How we need to remake the Internet (TED Talk)


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