Essays, research & more
DataBody Futures is home for original research, artwork and resources that explore the connection between digital intrusions and our well-being, and offer solutions to protect our digital integrity.
Data protection is overdue for an upgrade
Since it is so easy to learn our deepest secrets from just about anything we share online, I argue for CIGIOnline that our definitions around sensitive data need to change drastically. But proposed new legislation like the EU's Digital Services Act isn't radical enough.
The unwanted touch of the digital age
Digital footprints of our bodies aren’t simply content anymore - they are the extension of our will and agency. Respect for our bodily integrity may be the norm in the physical world, but our digital systems are built on widely different (coercive, controlling and abusive) dynamics.
Bodies of data or databodies?
Predatory technologies became our digital default because of the naive assumption that the Internet would keep our bodies invisible. As a result we now have a largely unregulated technology industry, with data protection regimes that cannot guarantee the integrity of our physical bodies.
Predation or innovation?
In this essay for GenderIT, I compare clinical medicine to digital innovation – two areas where new technologies brought forth tension between what science can achieve, versus what is considered just and fair, and recommend that digital interactions should be guided by norms mimicking medical ethics.
Technology in the service of justice
Writing for The Engine Room, I define justice-focused technologies as computer-assisted tools, systems, methods and processes that intentionally weave anti-oppression strategies into all stages of their creation, maintenance and uptake.
Predictive analytics for children
In this paper we at The Engine Room examined the potential ethical issues, including benefits and risks, associated with predictive analytics in child specific contexts. The goal of this study was to help readers gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and harms of deploying predictive analytics.
Justice and digital rights
Practitioner research by The Engine Room to map the landscape of digital rights during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially as it relates to social justice activism, with practical recommendations to funders on how to decrease the digital divide in activist communities.