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About Me

I am Anna Lauren Hoffmann, a scholar and writer working at the intersections of data, technology, culture, and ethics. I am currently an Assistant Professor with The Information School at the University of Washington.

My work centers on issues in information, data, and ethics, with particular attention to the ways in which discourses, design, and uses of information technology can promote or hinder the pursuit of important human values like respect and justice. I am interested in how the standards and categories imposed on the world through data, information, and technological systems (or the ways we talk about them) can discriminate by undermining the development of self-respect of some, especially through the infliction of symbolic and discursive violences. In addition, I’m interested in the development and application of research ethics and professional codes of ethics.