About Alexander Fine

Author | Alexander Fine
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil, Crown Random House (2016)

Is Big Data Ruining Your Life?

By Alex Fine Big data may be ruining your life is the thesis of Cathy O’Neil, a former Wall Street financier, in Weapons of Math Destruction. Big data is the buzzword for everyone in tech, which is no wonder, considering just how much data even one person generates. From your social media posts, to your emails, […]

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Toward Algorithmic Criticism

“How can computers make our lives better?” is a question asked routinely by computer scientists, engineers, and the enigmatic entrepreneurs who bankroll the digital world. The answers they arrive at often point to monumental changes: after all, the personal computer, the cell phone,  and any number of other technological achievements that have brought on new […]

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Reply All and the Internet’s Humanity

I was in fourth grade sitting at my family’s computer. I turned my head toward my mom in the living room and shouted, “What does muff mean?” Someone I was playing Pictionary with online was using the handle Muff Diver Mike. I wasn’t allowed back on the computer for a week. In between the time […]

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Call for Proposals: Central Pennsylvania Consortium’s Africana Studies Conference: #Envisioning Black Digital Spaces

source: https://networks.h-net.org/node/24029/discussions/96986/call-proposals-central-pennsylvania-consortium’s-africana-studies CFP:  Central Pennsylvania Consortium’s Africana Studies Conference:  #Envisioning Black Digital Spaces Keynote speaker: Alicia Garza, Social Activist & Co-Creator of the viral Twitter Hashtag And Movement, #BlackLivesMatter April 8-9, 2016 Dickinson College, Carlisle PA Call for Proposals: October 5, 2015 Deadline for proposal submissions: December 4, 2015 Digital networks have increasingly become primary sites for the […]

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Events | November 17th | Digitization: What is Lost and What is Found?

November 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor We are getting ever greater access to cultural works online through digital representations, but how far are those representations hindered by data losses and the processes of translation into the digital? Conversely, to what extent might they enable us not […]

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Event | November 13th | Writing History Seminar with Nathan Connolly

November 13 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Klein Conference Room (Room A510) at Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall Nathan D.B. Connolly is Visiting Associate Professor of History, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University. He writes about the interplay between racism, capitalism, politics, and the built environment in the twentieth century. His work pays special attention to people’s […]

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Event | November 10th | Appetite For Distraction: Social Media And Today’s Attention-Economy

The Liberal Studies department at the New School for Social Research and the Culture & Media Department at Eugene Lang College are jointly presenting “Appetite for Distraction: Social Media and Today’s Attention-Economy,” an evening lecture by Chair and faculty member Dominic Pettman, which also marks the publication his forthcoming book Infinite Distraction (Polity Press, 2016). […]

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Event | November 9th | Shifting Social Contracts

November 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Orozco Room (Room A712) at Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall This event is part of the Shifting Social Contracts Seminar Series. In recent decades, institutions of social provisioning around the world have undergone complex transformations, with shifts in regimes and technologies of access to social welfare goods, changing demands for […]

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Social Media for Social Justice

On Saturday October 24th, #RiseUpOctober’s Anti Police Violence Rally in New York City drew media coverage from around the country. Quentin Tarantino and Cornel West were among speakers addressing the audience of thousands. The event was largely organized around social media, similar to many other anti-police actions. Organizers in the Black Lives Matter movement and […]

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Metrography launches Map of Displacement

On Tuesday, October 13th from a lecture hall at the University Center at the New School Metrography launched their multimedia web project, The Map of Displacement. Metrography is the first Iraqi photojournalism agency and was created with the intention of training Iraqi photographers so that they could sell their photos at the international market which […]

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