The series consists of two parts: articles about the uses of data all around us, and a regular column—The Decoder—that looks into reader-submitted questions about personal data and algorithmic encounters. I go into the goals and inspiration for the series here: Introducing the Living With Data series.
Check out the first in The Decoder series: Stalked by Socks. The Decoder follows a familiar advice or explainer column format. Here's a preview:
Read more from Stalked by Socks.
I’m really excited to work with Al Jazeera on this project, given their dedication to being “with the people — we tell real stories.”
But I need your help! This series starts with you. Share your personal stories, your questions and your encounters with data.
Do you have screen captures of weird ads or algorithmic flukes? What were you doing, what caught your attention, and what’s your best guess for what’s going on? For example, what sites were you visiting just before the strange ad showed up? Submit with your name (you’ll be anonymous if you prefer), email address and phone number so I can follow up with you for details.
I am indebted to all my friends and family who helped me get this off the ground with their feedback, brainstorming, connections, and support. Thank you!