DATA POWER: global in/securities
Two-day international conference
Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor; Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in Scientific American, The Nation, Harper’s, and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. She was a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a Fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY.
Peking University, Wuhan University
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
University of Southern California
- Information & communication technologies (ICTs)
- Social Class
- Chinese society
- Communication Policy
- Communication and Development
- Global and Chinese Communication
- New Media and Social Change
Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.
Before joining the Department in 2015, she was Senior Research Fellow at New America’s Open Technology Institute, addressing policies and practices related to digital inclusion, privacy, and “big data.” Before OTI, she was a Postdoctoral Associate in Law and MacArthur Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. She received her PhD from Stanford University and holds an MSc from the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Currently, she serves as a Program Fellow at New America’s Open Technology Institute and Affiliate Fellow of Data & Society Research Institute. Her research has been supported by grants from Digital Trust Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, U.S. Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, Ford Foundation, and Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.
Nimmi Rangaswamy is currently Associate Professor at the Kohli Centre on Intelligent Systems, Indian Institute of Information Technology, IIIT, Hyderabad. She will be bringing an anthropological lens in understanding the impacts of AI research and praxis. She is also Adjunct Professor at the Indian institute of Technology, IIT, Hyderabad where she teaches courses at the intersections of society and technology.
Formerly, she was a senior research scientist and lead the Human Interactions research area at the Xerox Research Center India. She worked in the building of technologies in the areas of consumer-centric heath care and urban mobility. Previously, her job at Microsoft Research was a combination of theoretical analysis and ethnographic field research to understand technology use in developing countries. These are studies of patterns of technology adoption in various social contexts and spaces in India, ranging from middle-class consumption of domestic media, the business models of cyber cafés and the use of mobile internet and Facebook among urban slum youth.