Life and the Law in the Era of Data-Driven Agency
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Life and the Law in the Era of Data-Driven Agency

Edited by Mireille Hildebrandt and Kieron O’Hara

This ground-breaking and timely book explores how big data, artificial intelligence and algorithms are creating new types of agency, and the impact that this is having on our lives and the rule of law. Addressing the issues in a thoughtful, cross-disciplinary manner, leading scholars in law, philosophy, computer science and politics examine the ways in which data-driven agency is transforming democratic practices and the meaning of individual choice.
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Chapter 5: Smart technologies and our sense of self: Going beyond epistemic counter-profiling

Sylvie Delacroix and Michael Veale


Interaction with data-driven services and technology-rich environments poses challenges to our ability to understand the implications of our decisions or to give meaningful consent that can constrain or legitimise the actions of these systems that increasingly surround us. In this chapter, we draw on examples from the Web, related contemporary data-driven services, and existing concepts from Human-Computer Interaction such as human-centered design, affordance and seamfulness, to establish concepts that can help to shape technologists’ and policy makers’ efforts to build an apparent, transparent and accountable Internet of Things. We focus in particular on the opportunities HCI-oriented designers have to support this vision.

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