‘Technologies of the self and other’: how self-tracking technologies also shape the other

K. Gabriels, Mark Coeckelbergh

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Although there is ample literature on the quantified self, considerably less attention is given to how our relation with the other is being shaped by self-tracking technologies that allow data sharing (e.g. wearables or apps such as Strava or RunKeeper). This paper seeks to fill this gap by providing a conceptual framework for discussing ‘technologies of the self and other’, by showing that, in most cases, self-tracking also involves other-tracking. We elaborate on two cases and practical domains to illustrate and discuss this mutual process: first, the quantified workplace and, second, quantification by health apps and wearables in a non-clinical and self-initiated context. We argue that these shapings are never (morally) neutral and have ethical implications.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventETHICOMP 2018 - Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (PJAIT) and SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities Tricity, Sopot, Poland
Duration: 24 Sep 201826 Sep 2018


ConferenceETHICOMP 2018


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