Most of us don’t realise how much digital systems govern access to our basic public services, like education, health and housing. Even more terrifying is how much data is collected about us and used without our knowledge. In 2011, while advocating for broadband adoption policies, Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan began asking questions about surveillance, privacy, and data profiling. As she reveals a frightening picture of how data profiling works against us, Seeta highlights how people are resisting and why being a good digital citizen means rejecting technological systems that mistreat us. Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan is an Assistant Professor at London School of Economics and Political Science. She has written widely on the topics of digital inclusion, privacy, surveillance, data profiling, and social justice. Seeta co-leads Our Data Bodies, a research collective that explores the impacts of data collection and data-driven systems on the lives of marginalised people. Our Data Bodies is interested in what it means and what it takes to refuse and transform data-driven systems of coercion and control. Seeta is also a Visiting Scholar at The New School, an Affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute, and Affiliated Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Seeta Peña Gangadharan

Digital, media and communications scholar

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