Recent & upcoming news, work in media, conferences, etc.
I have a new preprint available, for a mixed-methods paper we submitted to CSCW this year arguing that Ring Neighbors is used to racially gatekeep communities in Los Angeles and beyond.
I released a report showing that Shipt's new "black box" payment algorithm is paying 40% of their workers less, using a texting bot that aggregated pay data from workers
I gave an hour-long talk at HOPE 2020 on how I "hacked" the Ring Neighbors app to partially uncover the breadth of Amazon Ring's growing surveillance network
I presented early results using statistical methods to estimate which U.S. counties are more likely to use the Ring Neighbors platform at IC2S2 2020. You can find a PDF of the extended abstract here.
I wrote an article for Gizmodo arguing that we need to have a more public discussion about using surveillance to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. If we don't approach these tools right, we might end up with a stronger surveillance state lingering well after the pandemic ends.
A map I made as part of an ongoing research project to understand how communities surveil themselves was featured in a piece in Gizmodo by Dell Cameron and Dhruv Mehrotra. Also covered in Cory Doctorow's newsletter.
A mixed-media exhibition I created as part of our Atlas of Inequality project was exhibited for a month in the National Museum of China. It featured four large-format prints and an interactive exhibit.
National Museum of China
This year I'll be hosting a session at MozFest on the location data market, and how the use of "private" location data for public good is a bit problematic. We'll also be brainstorming alternate data governance mechanisms!