Recently, MIT Technology Review published data showing the way people meet is affecting the nature of marriage and society, itself. While we have traditionally found love from within our personal network, keeping us sort of personally siloed, the new reality of online dating has created pairs of absolute strangers, which has, perhaps counter-intuitively, led to stronger marriage bonds. We’re apparently marrying better matches, rather than the best we can find amongst our circle of friends. This is no surprise, surely, to Cornell’s Karen Levy, who keynotes PSR today. She was writing about this phenomenon for the IAPP’s Privacy Perspectives as far back as 2013, and since that point she has been deeply exploring the way the digitization of modern life is actually changing the way we live, from trucker sleeping patterns to online ratings that lead to discriminatory employment outcomes. Read her piece, “Data-Driven Dating: How Data Are Shaping Our Most Intimate Personal Relationships,” to prepare your mind for where her talk will head tonight.
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