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

Join us for our public Digital Life Seminar series during the Fall 2021 semester. For more info, view our upcoming Schedule or visit our Reflections page.

Nissenbaum Receives Prestigious Covey Award

We are very proud to announce that the International Association for Computing and Philosophy has conferred our director, Helen Nissenbaum, with the 2021 Covey Award for her field-defining contributions to computing, ethics, and philosophy. Helen joins an august group of recipients, including John Weckert, Deborah G. Johnson, Raymond Turner, Margaret Boden, Luciano Floridi, and John R. Searle. 

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A Game-Changing Gift from Peggy Koenig

The Digital Life Initiative is thrilled to announce a    $2 million gift from Peggy Koenig, allowing us to advance several core goals. A new Fellowship in Technology Law & Policy has been launched to bridge DLI's exceptional research on the societal impact of digital technologies with law and policy-making at city, state, and national levels.  

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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