Beyond Data

Beyond Data Reclaiming Human Rights at the Dawn of the Metaverse

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Ever-pervasive technology poses a clear and present danger to human dignity and autonomy, as many have pointed out. And yet, for the past fifty years, we have been so busy protecting data that we have failed to protect people. In Beyond Data, Elizabeth Renieris argues that laws focused on data protection, data privacy, data security and data ownership have unintentionally failed to protect core human values, including privacy. And, as our collective obsession with data has grown, we have, to our peril, lost sight of what's truly at stake in relation to technological development-our dignity and autonomy as people. Far from being inevitable, our fixation on data has been codified through decades of flawed policy. Renieris provides a comprehensive history of how both laws and corporate policies enacted in the name of data privacy have been fundamentally incapable of protecting humans. Her research identifies the inherent deficiency of making data a rallying point in itself-data is not an objective truth, and what's more, its "entirely contextual and dynamic" status makes it an unstable foundation for organising. In proposing a human rights-based framework that would centre human dignity and autonomy rather than technological abstractions, Renieris delivers a clear-eyed and radically imaginative vision of the future. At once a thorough application of legal theory to technology and a rousing call to action, Beyond Data boldly reaffirms the value of human dignity and autonomy amid widespread disregard by private enterprise at the dawn of the metaverse.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262047821
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 302.231
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 514g
Height: 161mm
Width: 236mm
Spine width: 27mm