Jen Schradie

Jen Schradie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley and the Berkeley Center for New Media. She has a master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. Jen studies social movements, social media and social class. Her broad research agenda is to interrogate digital democracy claims in America. After she published two articles on digital production inequality in Poetics and Information, Communication and Society, the publicity she garnered from these publications earned her the 2012 Public Sociology Alumni Prize at UC Berkeley. With a National Science Foundation Grant, she is studying how the Internet matters for democracy among social movement and labor organizations in the American South. Before entering academia, Jen directed six documentary films, including, “The Golf War – a story of land, golf and revolution in the Philippines.” Most of her films, however, focused on social movements confronting corporate power in the American rural South. Jen’s documentaries have screened at more than 25 film festivals and 100 universities.

by Jen Schradie

The utopian hype over Big Data is being critiqued on many fronts. After all, it isn’t that new. The Romans and the Nazis amassed huge amounts of data on their populations. And then, of course, there is the creepy, Big Brother aspect. However, one problem no one seems to be talking about is that Big Data is [...] more »