Minna Ruckenstein
  • PL 16 (Snellmaninkatu 10)

    00014

    Finland

  • PL 24 (Unioninkatu 40)

    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

    Finland

20072023

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Curriculum vitae

Minna Ruckenstein works as professor of Emerging Technologies in Society at the Consumer Society Research Centre. She directs The Datafied Life Collaboratory that studies processes of digitalization/datafication by highlighting emotional, social, political and economic aspects of data and algorithmic practices. The disciplinary underpinnings of the work range from anthropology of technology, science and technology studies and media and communication to consumer economics.

Currently funded research projects focus on public values in algorithmic futures, re-humanizing automated decision-making, repair and renewal of algorithmic systems and everyday engagements with digital technologies in Helsinki and in Shanghai and Hangzhou. Case studies in these projects deal with everyday and organizational aspects of datafication, in fields ranging from content moderation and advertising to digital health, insurance, and social work.

Some of this work is reported in the co-edited book Everyday Automation: Experiencing and anticipating emerging technologies (open access). See also my recent book The Feel of Algorithms.

Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • Emerging technologies in society
  • Anthropology of technology
  • Science and technology studies
  • Consumer society research
  • Digital culture
  • 518 Media and communications
  • Algorithmic systems
  • Algorithmic folklore

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