Join us in 2018 – 2019 as we contend with Data and Democracy.
As our society navigates shifting definitions of fake news, targeted ad programs, and compromised voting systems, it is essential that we work to understand the complex and often obscured relationship between data and democracy. During the 2018 – 2019 Academic Year, The Humanities Institute will lead a community-wide conversation about this topic through a range of events focused on the ethics of social media, online privacy, big data, and algorithmic bias.
The Humanities are essential in helping us make sense of this changing world.
Let us consider together what it means to be human as technologies advance and transform the world around us. If social media can undermine our fundamental institutions and commodify our personal data to shape civil society, can these tools also spark better forms of civil discourse by connecting communities, building shared spaces, and raising our voices collectively? Can we imagine not only the dangerous consequences of artificial intelligence, but also technologies that lead to a better informed and engaged citizenry where data creates a shared understanding of policy implications, demographic shifts, and economic realities?
As technology increasingly shapes our habits and defines our access to knowledge, it is more important than ever that we understand how we got here and work to imagine a more inclusive, open, and transparent future.
This effort is part of our Expanding Humanities Impact and Publics project.