Hello! I am Wendy Wong, Professor of Political Science and Principal's Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. I recently published We, the Data, a powerful case for putting human rights at the center of our public conversations about datafication, big data, and AI. Here's proof it's me! We live in a data-intensive world, so pervasive that to safeguard ourselves and our future, we must extend human rights beyond our physical selves. We need to become data stakeholders, to understand what it means to be a data source, how important this role is, and why, even in a sea of data sources, we don’t have to lose to powerful data collectors like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, and Meta. For a taste of what I cover in my book, here’s an excerpt on our digital afterlives. We, the Data was recently shortlisted for the Gelber Prize for the best book in international affairs written in English, and was included in the Journal of Democracy’s 2023 “Favorite Books” list.
Please feel free to ask me anything, including data collection and tracking; big data; data literacy; being a dog mom; balancing family life with work life; nonprofits and NGOs; and what it’s like have a career as an academic.
You can get the hardcover of We, the Data through your local bookstore or wherever books are sold!
THANKS ALL FOR YOUR THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTIONS. Signing off, for now!