Today we’re joined by Karen Levy, assistant professor in the department of information science at Cornell University.
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Karen’s research focuses on how rules and technologies interact to regulate behavior, especially the legal, organizational, and social aspects of surveillance and monitoring. In our conversation, Karen gives us a few examples of how data tracking and surveillance can be used in ways that can be abusive to various marginalized groups, including detailing her extensive research into truck driver surveillance. We also discuss her thoughts on how the broader society will react to the increase in surveillance, examples of unintended consequences of these surveillant systems, and the questions surrounding hybridization of jobs and systems.
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Mentioned in the Interview
- The Contexts of Control: Information, Power, and Truck-Driving Work
- Paper: The Surveillant Consumer
- Virginia Eubanks, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor
- NYT: The IDs Were Meant to Protect Immigrants. Are They a Liability?
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