Ph.D. project: Tracking the female body - the impact of self-tracking with a smartphone.
How is surveilling and quantifying our bodies affecting us? We develop unconscious algorithms that can drive cars and diagnose better than we can, and we tend to trust data over embodied knowledge. With self-tracking applications for smartphones, we generously share sensitive data – both in terms of algorithmic processing (sharing with the service) and to a social media interface through which we can visualize and share our results. In my Ph.D. I focus on how self-tracking practices are embedded in women’s everyday lives and potentially affects their embodied experience.