In the first episode of our new season, “Becoming Data,” artist Mimi Onuoha and data journalist Lam Thuy Vo join our host, Natalie Kerby, to consider what is lost when human life becomes translated into data. How do people show up in data, and what are some of the inequalities that can result from data collection?
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- Mimi Onuoha is a media artist who makes work about what it means for the world to take the form of data.
- Lam Thuy Vo is a reporter who digs into data to examine how systems and policies affect individuals. She is an incoming Data-Journalist-in-Residence at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism.
- Natalie Kerby, this season’s host, is a media producer, editor, and researcher who works at the intersection of human rights, digital media, and technology. Currently, she is the digital content associate at Data & Society and a volunteer at Interference Archive, an archive of social movements where she coproduces the podcast series Audio Interference.
- Julia Angwin, “Paying the Privacy Tax,” The Markup (2020)
- Simone Browne, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (Duke University Press, 2015)
- Diana Nucera, Berhan Taye, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Micah Sifry, and Matt Stempeck, “Pathways through the Portal,” Civic Hall (2020)
- Rashida Richardson, Jason Schultz, and Kate Crawford, “Dirty Data, Bad Predictions: How Civil Rights Violations Impact Police Data, Predictive Policing Systems, and Justice,” 94 NYU Law Review Online 192 (2019)
- Lauren Smiley, “The Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill Can’t Believe It Came to This,” The Atlantic, November 1, 2019
- Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis, edited by Katherine McKittrick (Duke University Press, 2015)
Featured image by Yichi Liu