Book Talk: The Secret Life of Data by Aram Sinnreich and Jesse Gilbert

April 25, 2024

Presented in collaboration with the Georgetown University Center for Digital Ethics.

Join the Tech Institute and the Center for Digital Ethics for a discussion of data surveillance, digital forensics, and generative AI with Professor Aram Sinnreich of American University, interdisciplinary artist Jesse Gilbert, and Professor Laura DeNardis of Georgetown University.

Sinnreich and Gilbert are the authors of The Secret Life of Data: Navigating Hype and Uncertainty in the Age of Algorithmic Surveillance. The book explores the many unpredictable, and often surprising, ways in which data surveillance, AI, and the constant presence of algorithms impact our culture and society in the age of global networks. The authors build on this basic premise: no matter what form data takes, and what purpose we think it’s being used for, data will always have a secret life. How this data will be used, by other people in other times and places, has profound implications for every aspect of our lives — from our intimate relationships to our professional lives to our political systems.

The book talk will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 2:00–3:00 pm in room 311 of the Car Barn on Georgetown University’s Main Campus (3520 Prospect Street NW, Washington).