Artist-Engineer Marc Böhlen aka RealTechSupport designs speculative machinery that surfaces technical and material challenges, and brings them into real-life existence. His art work has been recognized in awards including the VIDA/ALIFE award (2004) and the VILCEK digital arts award (2013). Böhlen is Professor of Media Study at the University at Buffalo. His work can be found at www.realtechsupport.org.
Geoffrey C. Bowker is Professor at the School of Information and Computer Science, University of California at Irvine, where he directs a laboratory for Values in the Design of Information Systems and Technology. Recent positions include Professor of and Senior Scholar in Cyberscholarship at the University of Pittsburgh iSchool and Executive Director, Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara. Together with Susan Leigh Star Bowker wrote Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences; his most recent book is Memory Practices in the Sciences.
Sophie Day is Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, London. She is currently working on relations of care in the UK National Health Service as Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health, Imperial College London. Much of her work focuses on health as a lens into “problem spaces,” with a particular interest in new methodologies. She has worked in Europe and Ladakh (India) on relations of care, labor, and kinship across the lifecourse.
After six years developing and launching products at Google—from the original Nexus One to the Google Art Project—Anna de Paula Hanika returned to her passion for innovating in health at Open mHealth, leading product strategy and marketing. She studied neurophysiology and experimental psychology at Oxford University, UK.
(p.232) Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech in New York City and a Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is founder of the Healthier Life Hub and directs the Small Data Lab at Cornell Tech, which develops new personal data APIs and applications for individuals to harvest the small data traces they generate daily. Estrin is also cofounder of the nonprofit startup, Open mHealth.
Brittany Fiore-Gartland is a postdoctoral fellow in the eScience Institute and the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington working as a data science ethnographer. Her research focuses on the social and organizational dimensions of data-intensive transformations in arenas such as scientific research, health care, global development, and design and construction. Using an ethnographic approach, she explores the challenges and opportunities for communication and collaboration during moments of technological change.
Dana Greenfield, PhD, is a medical student in the MD/PhD program at UC San Francisco, where she also earned her doctorate from the Joint Program in Medical Anthropology (UCSF/UC Berkeley) in 2015. She received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, in Anthropology and Biology. Her work takes an ethnographic approach to understanding the socio-cultural implications of digital health technologies and personal health data.
Judith Gregory is a Co-Director of the EVOKE & Values in Design of Information Systems and Technology Laboratory, Informatics, University of California at Irvine. She has long been concerned with personal genomics and more recently with Quantified Self technologies related to themes of “Living Algorithmically” and “Privacy and Trust.”
Mette Kragh-Furbo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. Her work focuses on personal genomics as practice and its entanglements with digital culture and experimentation. She is interested in socio-cultural issues of biomedicine and the social life of health data. She works at the intersections of science and technology studies, sociology of health and illness, and digital culture.
Celia Lury is Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick. Her recent research is concerned with the ways in which “live” methods enact social worlds. Current investigations involve looking the role of methods: in brand valuation, ranking influence in (p.233) social media, tracking and surveillance, and personalization. Recent publications include Inventive Methods (coedited with Nina Wakeford, Routledge, 2012), Measure and Value (coedited with Lisa Adkins, Blackwell, 2012), and a Special Issue of Theory, Culture and Society on “Topologies of Culture” (coedited with Luciana Parisi and Tatiana Trinova).
Adrian Mackenzie (Professor in Technological Cultures, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University) has published work on technology: Transductions: Bodies and Machines at Speed (2006 ), Cutting Code: Software and Sociality (2006), and Wirelessness: Radical Empiricism in Network Cultures (2010). He is currently working on an archeology of machine learning and its associated transformations. He codirects the Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster University, UK.
Rajiv Mehta leads strategy and design consultancy Bhageera Inc, and is an expert in family caregiving, consumer health, and emerging health technologies. He has led pioneering research on family caregiving, and the development of innovative consumer technologies. Earlier, he modeled atmospheric turbulence at NASA, sparked the digital camera revolution at Apple, and led innovation for Adobe, Symbol, and numerous startups. Mehta is a board member, Family Caregiver Alliance, and co-organizer, Quantified Self. He holds degrees from Columbia (MBA), Stanford (MS), and Princeton (BSE).
Maggie Mort is Professor in the Sociology of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Lancaster University, UK. She coordinated the EC FP7 Science in Society project, Ethical Frameworks for Telecare Technologies for older people at home (EFORTT). She teaches and supervises in disaster studies, health policy and practice, patient safety, and medical uncertainty. She has published widely on technological change, most recently in health care, and on technological legitimations of public policy in defense, medicine, social care, and emergency planning.
Dawn Nafus is a Senior Research Scientist at Intel Labs, where she conducts anthropological research to inspire new products and services. She has published widely on experiences of time, gender and technology, ethnography in industry, and most recently, quantification. With Lama Nachman, she also co-led the Data Sense project, which created data processing and visualization tools for nonexpert use (www.makesenseofdata.com). She is the co-author of Self-Tracking (MIT Press 2016) with Gina Neff. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
(p.234) Gina Neff is associate professor of communication at the University of Washington. She is author of Venture Labor (MIT Press 2012) and with Dawn Nafus Self-Tracking (MIT Press 2016). With Carrie Sturts Dossick she codirects the Collaboration, Technology and Organizational Practices research group that studies how construction teams work together with data for better buildings. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Intel, and Microsoft Research.
Helen Nissenbaum, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication and Director of the Information Law Institute at New York University, is author and editor of seven books, including Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest, with Finn Brunton (MIT Press 2015). Privacy has been a central focus of her research, alongside big data, bias in computer systems, politics of search engines, accountability, values in design, and other issues in the societal dimensions of information technologies.
Heather Patterson is a cognitive scientist and legal scholar who investigates how people conceptualize and manage privacy and information flows when navigating emerging socio-technological systems. She is a Senior Research Scientist at Intel Labs and an Affiliate Scholar at New York University’s Information Law Institute.
Celia Roberts is the Co-Director of the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University. She works on sex and sexuality, health technologies, and aging and feminist theory, and is the author of Puberty in Crisis: The Sociology of Sexual Development (Cambridge University Press 2015).
Jamie Sherman is a cultural anthropologist (PhD Princeton) and research scientist at Intel Corporation. Her research background is in techniques and technologies of self-transformation, inequality, and the body. Since joining Intel in 2012, her work has focused on emerging technology objects and practices including wearable technologies, personal data tracking, and relational computing.
Alex Taylor is a sociologist working at Microsoft Research Cambridge. He has undertaken investigations into a range of routine and often mundane aspects of everyday life. For instance, he’s developed what some might see as an unhealthy preoccupation with hoarding, dirt, clutter, and similar seemingly banal subject matter. Most recently, he’s begun obsessing over computation and wondering what the compulsion (p.235) for seeing-data-everywhere might mean for the future of humans and machines. His work can be found at http://ast.io and the twitter handle @alx_tylr.
Gary Wolf is the cofounder of the Quantified Self, a global collaboration among users and makers of self-tracking tools exploring “self-knowledge through numbers.” Wolf is also a contributing editor at Wired magazine. His work has appeared in The Best American Science Writing (2009) and in The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2009). In 2010, he was awarded the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism prize. In 2005–2006 he was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. (p.236)