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Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is the Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. With the publication of 2016’s Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media, following Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (2006) and Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (2011), Chun completed her trilogy on “how computers emerged as a form of mass media to end mass media by replacing the mass with the new, the ‘we’ with the YOU.” Her latest work, such as her coauthorship in Pattern Discrimination and collaborative piece in e-flux Architecture, traces and challenges the “common sense” network axiom of “homophily,” and its role in data and algorithmic discrimination. She established the Digital Democracies Group at Simon Fraser University to research and foster ground for “alternative data literacies and paradigms for connection.”