Beneath and Beyond Big Data: Helen Nissenbaum, Kazys Varnelis, and Trebor Scholz

Recorded: April 28, 2012

In April 2012, the League presented Beneath and Beyond Big Data, a symposium — co-organized by Omar Khan, Trebor Scholz, and Mark Shepard — to celebrate the publication of the final issue in the Situated Technologies Pamphlets Series. The half-day event addressed current issues surrounding situated technologies and the increasing entanglement of data, technology, and the built environment, and identified future trajectories for their evolution.

The afternoon began with a conversation between pamphlet authors Helen Nissenbaum and Kazys Varnelis, moderated by Trebor Scholz, addressing the redefinition of privacy in the age of big data and the networked, geo-spatial environment, and questioning the implications for the construction of contemporary subjectivity.