24 Apr 17

Media theorist Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, a spring 2017 Holtzbrinck Fellow, is working on a monograph and a series of digital projects entitled “Discriminating Data: Neighborhoods, Individuals, Proxies,” in which she investigates the persistence and transformation of categories of race, gender, class, and sexuality in the era of network analytics. Examining the ways in which allegedly neutral machine-learning algorithms merge methods to identify specific individuals with those that target social identities, her project reveals that users are characters in a universe of dramas putatively called Big Data. By desegregating algorithms, the study seeks to produce a practice and theory of networked actions-as-speech, weaving our captured actions into a larger grammar.