Border Quants

Border Quants is a collective of artists and scholars conducting research related to digital human rights, personal data protection, and decolonial approaches to data use. The collaborating artists and scholars include Jessica Rajko (ASU), Marisa Elena Duarte (ASU), Jacqueline Wernimont (ASU), Patricia Garcia (Michigan), Heather Ross (ASU), and Marika Cifor (Bowdin).

Our motivating questions include:

  • What is the long history of uses of data with regard to cycles of oppression and discrimination?
  • What are decolonizing approaches to using and creating data, algorithms, and interfaces?
  • How do we perform data and how does data perform us?

The collective is currently at work on a collaboratively-authored monograph based on our research and performing with self-tracking devices.

Border Quants was launched with a seed grant from the ASU Transborder Studies Program and has received support from the Human Security Collaboratory, a unit of the ASU Global Security Initiative.