Data Segregation and Algorithmic Amplification: A Conversation with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun


  • Anne Pasek Post-Doctoral Fellow Transitions in Energy, Culture, and Society University of Alberta
  • Rena Bivens Associate Professor Communication and Media Studies Carleton University
  • Mél Hogan Assistant Professor (Environmental Media) Communication, Media and Film Department University of Calgary



media theory, information theory, eugenics, race, gender


Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Simon Fraser University’s Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media in the School of Communication. She has studied both systems design engineering and English literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (Chun, 2006), Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT, 2011), Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media (Chun, 2016), and co-author of Pattern Discrimination (Apprich, Chun, Cramer, & Steyerl, 2018). She has been Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, where she worked for almost two decades and where she is currently a Visiting Professor. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), and she has held fellowships from the Guggenheim, ACLS, the American Academy of Berlin, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She has been a Visiting Professor at AI Now at New York University, the Velux Visiting Professor of Management, Politics and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School, the Wayne Morse Chair for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon, Visiting Professor at Leuphana University (Luneburg, Germany), and a Visiting Associate Professor in the History of Science Department at Harvard, where she is an Associate.