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IEET > Fellows > Evan Selinger

Evan Selinger

Evan Selinger is Associate Professor of Philosophy and MAGIC Center Head of Research Communications, Community & Ethics, both at Rochester Institute of Technology. Evan publishes extensively in the areas of philosophy of technology, privacy, and ethics/policy of science and technology. To enhance public debate about ethics, Evan regularly supplements his peer-reviewed scholarship with outreach articles in places like The AtlanticWiredSlateForbes,The Wall Street Journal, and The Nation.

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"Frank Pasquale unravels the new machine age of algorithms and bots"  Feb 1, 2015

"Philosopher Michael Lynch Says Privacy Violations Are An Affront To Human Dignity"  Oct 24, 2014

"Robot Servants Are Going to Make Your Life Easy. Then They’ll Ruin It"  Sep 5, 2014

"The Trifecta of Roommate Selection Technology: Privacy, Prejudice, And Diversity"   Forbes  Jul 25, 2014

"Why We Should Be Careful About Adopting Social Robots"   Forbes  Jul 18, 2014

"How to Stop Facebook From Making Us Pawns in Its Corporate Agenda"  Jul 1, 2014

"You’ve Been Obsessing Over Your Likes and Retweets Way Too Much"   Ethical Technology  Jun 10, 2014

"Satire’s corporate takeover: Community,Silicon Valley and the entertainment-industrial complex"  May 11, 2014

"Too Titillating For Twitter: Why Outsourcing Social Media Participation Is Disconcerting"  May 8, 2014

"Don’t outsource your dating life"   CNN  May 4, 2014

"Why Goal Tracking Apps Are So Existentially Provocative"   Forbes  Apr 12, 2014

"Outsourcing Your Mind and Intelligence to Computer/Phone Apps"  Apr 8, 2014

"Today’s Apps Are Turning Us Into Sociopaths"   Wired  Feb 27, 2014

"The Outsourced Lover"   The Atlantic  Feb 14, 2014

"Why App Developers May Be Selling Their Souls To Apple And Google"   Forbes  Feb 9, 2014

"Inside Google’s Mysterious Ethics Board"   Forbes  Feb 5, 2014

"5 Ways To Avoid Being Suckered By Unreliable Information"   Forbes  Jan 25, 2014

"Why Grandma Shouldn’t Have Posted Instagram Pics On Facebook"   Forbes  Jan 8, 2014

"Keep On Tweeting, There’s No Techno-Fix For Incivility Or Injustice"   Forbes  Jan 2, 2014

"Why Debating Apple’s ‘Misunderstood’ Ad Is An Amazing Holiday Gift"   Forbes  Dec 25, 2013

"Google’s Creepy Patent to Automate Your Social Media Voice"  Dec 10, 2013

"What You Don’t Say About Data Can Still Hurt You"   Forbes  Nov 22, 2013

"How Not to Be a Jerk With Your Stupid Smartphone"   The Atlantic  Nov 5, 2013

"The Chilling Implications Of Democratizing Big Data: Facebook Graph Search Is Only The Beginning"  Oct 17, 2013

"Humans Are Already More “Enhanced” by Technology Than We Realize"   Slate  Oct 4, 2013

"What’s the Right Balance for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Accountability on the Internet?"   Forbes  Sep 27, 2013

"Should Students Use a Laptop in Class?"   The Wall Street Journal  Sep 7, 2013

"Big Data in Small Hands"   Stanford Law Review Online  Sep 4, 2013

"When Nudge Comes to Shove"   Slate  Jul 10, 2013

"Fighting Facebook, a Campaign for a People’s Terms of Service"   The Nation  May 22, 2013

"Facebook Home Propaganda Makes Selfishness Contagious"   WIRED  Apr 22, 2013

"How We’re Turning Digital Natives Into Etiquette Sociopaths"   Wired  Mar 26, 2013

"Did My Daughter Have to Grow Up Because Selena Gomez Did?"  Mar 17, 2013

"Quitters Never Win: The Costs of Leaving Social Media"   The Atlantic  Feb 15, 2013

"What Sci-Fi Can Teach Us About the Present and Future of Information"  Jan 25, 2013

"SIRI RISING: The Inside Story Of Siri’s Origins—And Why She Could Overshadow The iPhone"  Jan 23, 2013

"Obscurity: A Better Way to Think About Your Data Than ‘Privacy’"  Jan 18, 2013

"I Grip the Gun and the Gun Grips Me"  Dec 23, 2012

"Augmented-Reality Racism"   The Atlantic  Dec 17, 2012

"The Online Funeral"   Wall Street Journal  Nov 7, 2012

"Why We Need New Rights to Privacy"  Nov 5, 2012

"How To Make a Spy Exhibit Boring"   Slate  Oct 16, 2012

"Can a Robot Learn to Cook?"   The Atlantic  Oct 12, 2012

"Saintly Simulation"   3 quarks daily  Sep 18, 2012

"Was Hitler a Bully? Teaching the Holocaust to Kids"   Slate  Sep 14, 2012

"Impatience as Digital Virtue"   Huffington Post  Sep 10, 2012

"Lab Rats in the Social Experiment of Personalized Advertising"   Huffington Post  Sep 4, 2012

"‘But Everybody’s Doing It!’ Lance Armstrong and the Philosophy of Making Bad Decisions"   The Atlantic  Aug 31, 2012

"Future of Privacy Forum Director: Browser Settings should be as Easy To Navigate as a Car"   Slate  Aug 29, 2012

"Why Do We Love To Call New Technologies “Creepy”?"   Slate  Aug 27, 2012

"Climate Change and Inter-Group Cooperation"   This View of Life  Aug 2, 2012

"Nudge, Nudge: Can Software Prod Us Into Being More Civil?"   The Atlantic  Jul 29, 2012

"Ultrasound Technology Can Impede Informed Consent"   3 quarks daily  Jul 27, 2012

"The Philosophy of the Technology of the Gun"   The Atlantic  Jul 24, 2012

"Digital Jiminy Crickets"   Slate  Jul 8, 2012

"What Happens When We Turn the World’s Most Famous Robot Test on Ourselves?"   The Atlantic  Jun 22, 2012

"Are Millenials Less Green Than Their Parents?"   3quarksdaily  Jun 7, 2012

"Peace Prize for Homeless Hotspots"   3 Quarks Daily  Apr 15, 2012

"Why It’s OK to Let Apps Make You a Better Person"   The Atlantic  Apr 9, 2012

"When the Morality Pill Becomes a Thoughtless Experiment"   Ethical Technology  Mar 26, 2012

Recent Multimedia

The Outsourcing Illusion: Why Tempting Technology Can Lead to Dangerous Delegation   2015-04-25

The Naked Future—A World That Anticipates Your Every Move   2013-12-15

Digital Age Etiquette   2013-08-14

The End Of Privacy   2013-01-20

The Online Funeral   2012-11-15


IEET Fellow Evan Selinger, referenced in New York Times (Sep 17, 2014)

IEET Fellow Evan Selinger publishes essay in “The Chronicle of Higher Education” (Oct 02, 2012)

IEET Fellows Selinger and Blackford quoted in NYTimes (Sep 06, 2012)

Evan Selinger is our new IEET Fellow (Sep 04, 2012)


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