Sarah Kember is Professor of New Technologies of Communication at Goldsmiths, and Director of Goldsmiths Press. She works on gender and artificial intelligence and has written several articles on face recognition technology. She also writes science fiction.
Data is often described as the new oil. Technology companies are the gatekeepers of this wealth of information; many also own the algorithms and artificial intelligence required to extract and refine it. In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, is “surveillance capitalism” simply the business model of the internet? What is its effect on journalism and democracy, and our understanding of truth itself?