'This reimagining of our existing relations to data is much more than saying no. Rejection of the idea that no obstructions must be allowed to the flow of data can be formulated positively as the affirmation of what Janet Vertesi calls the principle of seamfulness. This is the idea that, instead of prioritizing the seamless movement of data, transfers of data must first always be responsible and accountable to those aff ected by that data; otherwise, such transfers should not proceed. To put this at its simplest: if data can cause harm, as we know it can, and if individuals and institutions still care about avoiding harm, then the principle of seamfulness in relation to data is surely more “natural” than seamlessness!'


from Costs of Connection - Ulises Mejias

Karl Moubarak