Series on Justice and Content Governance: Infrastructures, Assemblages, and Ecosystems
Nick Seaver and Julie Cohen
Sponsored by the Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity Group (AFOG).
This third panel in AFOG’s Justice and Content Governance Panel Series will explore how infrastructures, assemblages, and ecosystems spread and contribute to harm and how justice can work in complex, interconnected systems.
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Nick Seaver is an anthropologist who studies how people use technology to make sense of cultural things. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Tufts University, where he also directs the program in science, technology, and society. His first book is about the people who make music recommender systems and how they think about their work. The book is titled Computing Taste: Algorithms and the Makers of Music Recommendation. He is currently studying the rise of attention as a value and virtue in machine learning worlds, from the new tech humanism to the infrastructure of neural networks.
Julie Cohen teaches and writes about surveillance, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, information platforms, and the ways that networked information and communication technologies are reshaping legal institutions. She is the author of Between Truth and Power: The Legal Constructions of Informational Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2019), Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice (Yale University Press, 2012), and numerous articles and book chapters, and she is a co-author of Copyright in a Global Information Economy (Wolters Kluwer, 5th ed. 2020). She is a faculty co-director of the Institute for Technology Law and Policy, a faculty advisor of the Center on Privacy and Technology, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.