Big Data, Sexual Surveillance and Alternative Governance
Focus Area: Health
Research Programs: Institutions
The contested governance of sexual technologies – from apps and platforms to bots and devices – provides a unique case study through which to identify current problems in automated decision-making and to generate new principles, values and approaches. This project will examine existing practices in the collection and use of sexual data by both private and public actors.
It will investigate how algorithms are taught to understand sex, gender and sexuality through digital proxies and their potential to amplify discrimination. It will explore alternative frameworks for governing sexual technologies, including collective approaches to content moderation and data governance.