Data is the word of the century. Big data is the future. How we perceive, think about, and accept data will determine the world we live in. I am interested in data as a tool for identifying and providing insights into problems and how to solve them. I am also interested in how data is being used – in coordination with communication systems – to manipulate; furthering existing exploitative systems.
Technology and Globalization
Technology has increased the speed and scope of connectivity. This is the essence of globalization. Globalization is not inherently bad. However, the actual benefits of globalization have never matched the rhetoric. Economists have always known that globalization is a set of trade-offs, which if well managed could result in benefits for the common good, while being dislocative for certain communities. The politics of globalization has led to unacceptable levels of inequality and communities which have yet to recover from the loss of jobs due to automation and global competition.
Challenging the Narrative
“When you are accustomed to privilege, equality can feel like oppression.”
What the United States needs is the creation of a ‘Just’ society. Yet somehow this feels like oppression to those who hold privilege? The problem continues to be one of controlling the narrative. The dominant argument is that we are playing a zero sum game. One group wins. The other loses. Yet as Jim Hightower likes to say, “When everyone does better, everybody does better.”