This book explores how data about our everyday online behaviour are collected and how they are processed in various ways by algorithms powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). The book  investigates the socioeconomic effects of these technologies, and the evolving regulatory landscape that is aiming to nurture the positive effects of these technology evolutions while at the same time curbing possible negative practices. The volume scrutinizes growing concerns on how algorithmic decisions can sometimes be biased and discriminative; how autonomous systems can possibly disrupt and impact the labour markets, resulting in job losses in several traditional sectors while creating unprecedented opportunities in others; the rapid evolution of social media that can be addictive at times resulting in associated mental health issues; and the way digital Identities are evolving around the world and their impact on provisioning of government services. The book also provides an in-depth understanding of regulations around the world to protect privacy of data subjects in the online world; a glimpse of how data is used as a digital public good in combating Covid pandemic; and how ethical standards in autonomous systems are evolving in the digital world.

A timely intervention in this fast-evolving field, this book will be useful for scholars and researchers of digital humanities, business and management, internet studies, data sciences, political studies, urban sociology, law, media and cultural studies, sociology, cultural anthropology, and science and technology studies. It will also be of immense interest to the general readers seeking insights on daily digital lives.

chapter 1|14 pages

Data-centric living

An introduction

part I|151 pages

Challenges of digitization and datafication

chapter 2|14 pages

Algorithms in society

Arbitrage, bias, and culture

chapter 4|22 pages

Continuing cybernetic musing

Behaviour shaping through data-driven feedback

chapter 5|12 pages

Data-driven identities

chapter 6|21 pages

Inclusive digital governance

Reflecting on public value in a food security programme

chapter 7|22 pages

The social meaning of mobile money

Navigating digital payments, savings and credit in the global South

part II|139 pages

Technology and regulatory solutions