The cyber space is a non-neutral space of constant contestation. Multiple dualisms ensue; the individual and the space, the individual and the platform and the individual with their own self-image. It becomes really important, then, to critically engage with the space, decolonize it and reclaim it. The hyper presence of the algorithm in our daily lives means our awareness and engagement need to be active as much as it is theoretical. This reading group ensures just that.

During the course of this reading group, we will look at the (in)justice which this contestation brings. Since the algorithm and its ensuing injustice are both ubiquitous, we will look at the various areas of human experience which they touch. The 10 areas detailed below grant us 10 sessions of discussion, and 10 opportunities to build a creative manifesto of the ideas discussed. The results of the discussion and the creative process will then be on display.

This reading group On Algorithmic (in)equality is initiated and curated by Abdel-Rahman Hassan, as part of the Future based platform.

Reading Session #2 HEALTH

Well-being and Technologies of the ‘self’

Theories: From structural insecurity to state depression, quantified self.

From sleep tracking, measuring the number of steps to analyzing our online behavior: we continuously monitor ourselves, and we are watched. With only one goal: to get the most out of our lives. The quantified self refers both to the phenomenon of self-tracking with technology and to a community of users and creators of self-tracking tools who share an interest in self-reflection by numbers. But to what extent can ‘being human’ be expressed in numbers? In what ways does self-tracking contribute to depression and anxiety? In other words: What are the advantages and disadvantages of a quantified self?

Practical information:

Date: 17th December / Location: Walter Bookshop Arnhem Looierstraat 43 / Start: 19:30 sharp/ Duration: 90 minutes.

Awesome graphic storytelling: Dana Dijkgraaf Design