In 2011, while advocating for policies to increase broadband adoption in marginalized communities, Seeta Peña Gangadharan began asking questions about digital inclusion, surveillance, privacy, and data profiling. Today, Gangadharan works as a scholar interested in how data-driven technologies exclude people, and how people exclude themselves from these systems.
Through Our Data Bodies, a research collective she co-founded, Gangadharan collaborates with organizers to understand what it means, and what it takes, to refuse and transform data-driven systems of coercion and control. Our Data Bodies bears witness to the unique, enduring pain of predatory data collection and targeting, but also to the universality of people’s motivations for refusal and reinvention.
Gangadharan is Assistant Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science; Visiting Scholar, The New School; Affiliate, Data & Society Research Institute; and Affiliated Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School. She previously served as principal investigator for the Justice, Equity, and Technology Project, as well as the Digital Privacy Project. Seeta Peña Gangadharan was born in New Jersey to a Filipino mother and Indian father and currently lives in London with her twin daughters and husband.
Favourite TED Talk:
The era of blind faith in big data must end