I am Anna Lauren Hoffmann, a scholar and writer working at the intersections of data, technology, culture, and ethics. I am currently an Assistant Professor with The Information School at the University of Washington. Before that, I worked as a postdoctoral scholar with the UC Berkeley 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. 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 undermining the development of self-respect of some, especially through the infliction of symbolic and discursive violences. In addition, I’m interested in the development and application of research ethics and professional codes of ethics.
You can read more about my research and project areas here. I also try to engage in broader public conversations on data, technology, and ethics – you can find that work here. If you’re interested in knowing more, you can contact me personally or keep up with me on Twitter.
“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)