Digital Life Initiative | Cornell Tech | New York



 DLI | Digital Life Initiative  

We explore societal perspectives surrounding the development and application of digital technology, focusing on ethics, policypolitics, and quality of life.

> Digital Life Seminar | Every Thursday

Join us for our public Digital Life Seminar series on most Thursdays during the Spring 2020 semester. For more info, view our upcoming Schedule or visit our Reflections page.

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Fellowship Applications 

We're hiring Postdoctoral Fellows! Learn more and apply here > 

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DLI is very excited to announce that Postdoctoral Fellow Jake Goldenfein has released Monitoring Laws: Profiling and Identity in the World State with Cambridge University Press. This dynamic book traces the history of government profiling from the invention of photography through to emerging applications of computer vision for personality and behavioral analysis. Goldenfein asks what dimensions of profiling have provoked legal intervention in the past, and what is different about contemporary profiling that requires updating our legal tools. This work should be read by anyone interested in how computation is changing society and governance, and what it is about people that law should protect in a computational world. Book info >

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Embedded within the progressive teaching mission of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island, the Digital Life Initiative (DLI) was launched in 2017 to analyze the societal tensions arising from existing and emergent digital technologies. Inspired by the core values of justice, democracy, privacy, responsibility, security, and freedom, we support collaborative research projects that explore ethics, policy, politics and quality of life within prevailing socio-technical systems. See below to gain greater insight into the breadth of our research, our visiting fellowships and postdoctoral opportunities, our weekly Digital Life seminar series, and the unique collective of scholars, practitioners and innovators that constitute the DLI Team. 

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Domain Interests

>   Privacy and digital technologies 

>   AI, automated decision-systems and machine learning

>   Big data, big platforms, private enclosure of public data

>   Media, polarization, civility, fragmentation, content filtering, automated reputation systems

 Social networks

 Labour, workplace, robotics

>   Warfare, automated weapons systems, cyber warfare

>   Digital health and well-being

>   Ethics and immersive technologies



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