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Who Controls the Code Controls the System (online event)
Start Date: 5/2/2023Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 5/2/2023End Time: 7:30 PM
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Spring 2023: The Lilie and Nathan Ackerman Lectures on Equality and Justice in America

In an era of digital surveillance, data profiteering companies have created a surveillance-based economy that uses algorithms to target messages and content that increase social divisions and inequality. This economic model poses an existential threat to democracy and social stability not only because of the amplification but because these algorithms are embedded in social cultural context. The emergence of cheap computing and massive – largely invisible – data collection in every aspect of daily lives has enabled the creation of massive amounts of data on individuals that can be merged and enriched and aggregated. In this lecture Dr. Dawson will focus on how this data can determine various outcomes based on commercial data collection. Given existing and entrenched systems of social inequality, the questions of what gets encoded into data, who controls it, and who has access to it, are key existential questions facing sociology in the coming century and hold the potential to dramatically remake every aspect of society.


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