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 | Fall 2020

Join us for our public Digital Life Seminar series during the Fall 2020 semester in person (or virtually). For more info, view our upcoming Schedule or visit our Reflections page.

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DLI’s Helen Nissenbaum, Ido Sivan-Sevilla and Yan Shvartzshnaider will be showcasing their latest collaborative research at the Federal Trade Commission’s fifth annual PrivacyCon on July 21, 2020. One project develops a contextual understanding of online tracking, while the second interrogates the privacy practices of popular disaster apps. Read more >

Don't miss Yaël Eisenstat's illuminating Critical Reflections piece about her virtual SXSW panel on the Future of Tech Responsibility: "Who bears responsibility for the real-world consequences of technology? This question has been unduly complicated for decades by the 1996 legislation that provides immunity from liability to platforms that host third-party content." Read more >

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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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