Category: Technology

  • Discussion of Numbered Lives, Ch 2: Counting the Dead (Sarah Richardson)

    This post is part of the HASTAC Scholars Collaborative Book Discussion on Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media (MIT Press, 2018), by HASTAC Co-Director Jacqueline Wernimont. — David Gurman’s installation, The Nicholas Shadow is a “real-time memorial” where the bell at St. Ignatius’s church would ring as a public performance marking every Iraqi […]

  • Numbered Lives Follow-Up Interview with Jacqueline Wernimont (Molly Mann)

    This post is part of the HASTAC Scholars Collaborative Book Discussion on Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media (MIT Press, 2018), by HASTAC Co-Director Jacqueline Wernimont. Jacqueline Wernimont is the author of Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media (MIT, 2018).  MM: You write that “Tabular and numerical media became the professional tools of […]

  • What Counts as a Valuable Body (Discussion of Numbered Lives, Ch 5, by Sarah Ciston)

    This post is part of the HASTAC Scholars Collaborative Book Discussion on Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media (MIT Press, 2018), by HASTAC Co-Director Jacqueline Wernimont. — In “From Surveying Land to Surveilling Man,” Numbered Lives connects the tracking of land and bodies at the level of nation-state to the personal tracking devices […]

  • HASTAC 2019

    HASTAC 2019

    I decided to reflect on HASTAC 2019 experience by focusing on a major theme that emerged for me over the course of the conference: De-programming and humanizing education. Several, but not all, of the talks that fall into this category were addressing issues in engineering and computer programming education. Some of these ideas have been implemented […]

  • Informed Experiences, Designing Consent

    Informed Experiences, Designing Consent

    Designs, whether implicitly or explicitly, cite core values that influence their development, marketing, and use. All too often, technology and interactive media are designed around profit, efficiency, objectivity, and other similar values that contribute to normalizing certain bodies, cultures, identities, and communities over others.  Informed Experiences, Designing Consent was an event conceptualized and organized to bring […]

  • Invasion of Privacy… or not?

    Invasion of Privacy… or not? Social Responsibility The connection being made between one’s online activity and how the internet takes this online activity and tailors’ the information you see on your media pages is happening in our everyday lives. Liking a page on Facebook turns into more pages like these being recommended to you and […]

  • Online Giving: How Social Media has changed the Game, and the Name

    Online Giving: How Social Media has changed the Game, and the Name

     In the past, nonprofits and fundraisers had to establish connections with donors through mail, or on the phone, or even in person! Yes, I said in person! I know, crazy right? Slowly, people, businesses, and nonprofits started creating social media accounts. This changed EVERYTHING! This connected everyone and connected people to all sorts of causes. […]

  • Attention Women’s Rights Advocates! Be Aware of Filter Bubbles.

    Social media has become a useful tool for advocating for women’s rights.  However, the landscape of the digital age is changing. Have you noticed how, when browsing your social media, you tend to only see content with ideas that you agree with? Recently, this is how most people have been experiencing their online activity. Social […]

  • Anonymity: A Destruction of Justice

    Anonymity: A Destruction of Justice

    Introduction  Due to the complex structural conditions of the online sphere, such as anonymity, individual online actions may become more disinhibited and less restrained by traditional norms. Thus, meaning that individuals have the ability to abuse this structure in order perform criminal activities. Anonymity is a pinnacle in Internet culture that helps move forward this […]

  • Bots and Their Potential

    Bots and their Potential What are bots? Bots are tools that follow a coded script of instructions to complete a process. Bots can be algorithms designed to accomplish a certain task that is repetitive and could be done faster if a human were to do the same action. Some bots do not even need to […]