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 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

Our public Digital Life Seminar series resumes Spring 2024 semester. For more info, please see our upcoming Schedule or visit our Reflections page.


DLI Dispatch | Spring Issue

Stay up to date with the latest news from the DLI research community and beyond in our latest issue of DLI Dispatch: Read more >


Critical Reflections I Liberating Data with FOIA

Read about APF journalist and DLI Alum Corin Faife explore general techniques for identifying datasets and databases maintained by government agencies, based on understanding where and how such agencies are required to notify the public about their data collection practices. Read more >


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. 

About Us

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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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