sava is a postdoctoral fellow with the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. she is currently working on a knowledge translation project for the Big Data Surveillance research project, which involves producing three near-future fiction short films based on research and current issues around the effects of big data surveillance on society. she completed her PhD in 2017 from New York University’s Educational Communication and Technology program. her dissertation, titled “Academic Twitter: Pushing the Boundaries of Traditional Scholarship”, addresses how 21st century academics negotiate their professional identities as a complex form of emotional, intellectual, and academic labor and the ways in which this helps and hinders their academic and personal lives. her current research interests include educational surveillance; digital labour and surveillance capitalism; and critically examining the effects of technology and techno-utopianism on society.
Chris Gilliard has a PhD from Purdue University’s Rhetoric and Composition Program and currently teach at Macomb Community College. His early work focused on the ways that narratives about black athletes constructed blackness along a narrow and limiting spectrum. Gilliard shifted that focus a bit, and for the last several years his scholarship has concentrated on privacy, institutional tech policy, digital redlining, and the re-inventions of discriminatory practices through data mining and algorithmic decision-making, especially as these apply to college students. He is currently developing a project that looks at how popular misunderstandings of mathematical concepts create the illusions of fairness and objectivity in student analytics, predictive policing, and hiring practices.