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Digitizing Bodies: the Politics of Evidence and Avenues for Sociotechnical Change

January 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Talk overview:
Paris’ talk draws from her research around the politics of evidence manifest in incomplete data with state statistics on police perpetrated homicide, vulnerable data seen in the disappearance of official information on climate change and environmental injustice, and manipulated data in AI-generated deepfakes to discuss the state of play of audiovisual manipulation, both AI-generated and those produced with more unsophisticated means to show that there are many different methods and intentions behind the production of digitized bodies. In so doing, this talk raises questions about broad issues of the harms of algorithmic technology that pushes false, misleading, and misrepresented data as fact, and suggests how we can mitigate these harms with political, not technical solutions.


Britt S. Paris is a critical informatics scholar using methods from discourse analysis and qualitative social science to study how groups build, use, and understand information systems according to their values, and how these systems influence evidentiary standards and political action. She is currently thinking about new Internet infrastructures and current debates over artificial intelligence-generated information objects. 

She has her MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York City and her PhD in Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She joined the faculty at Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science in Fall 2019.



Britt S. Paris


January 25
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm