I am Anna Lauren Hoffmann, a scholar and writer working at the intersections of data, technology, culture, and ethics. I am currently a postdoctoral scholar with the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley.
My work centers on issues in information, data, and ethics, with particular attention to the ways in which discourses, design, and uses of information technology can promote or hinder the pursuit of important human values like respect and justice. In particular, I am interested in how the standards and categories imposed on the world through data, information, and technological systems (or the ways we talk about them) can discriminate by supporting the development of self-respect for some and hindering its development for others. In addition, I’m interested in the history and development research ethics and professional codes of ethics.
Sometimes, I write about these things in scholarly contexts; other times, I write about them in popular outlets. You can also learn a bit more about me – and my thoughts on data, technology, and ethics – here.
Beyond the academy, I spend what free time I have listening to records, binging shows on Netflix, perfecting my pourover coffee technique, and playing basketball whenever I can. If you’re interested in knowing more, you can contact me personally or keep up with me on Twitter and Instagram.
“For our self-respect, which mirrors our sense of our own worth, depends in part upon the respect shown to us by others; no one can long possess an assurance of his own value in the face of enduring contempt or even the indifference of others.” -John Rawls, 1968. (Distributive Justice: Some Addenda, American Journal of Jurisprudence, v13, n1)
“Categorize me / I defy every label” -Janelle Monáe, 2013. (Q.U.E.E.N, from the album The Electric Lady)