Morgan Currie

Morgan Currie

My research broadly probes the way cultural, political, and economic factors interact with the design and development of information infrastructures. My recent research examines the production and circulation of government data, and how these datasets interact with social, political, and economic systems. I start with these data infrastructures’ historical beginnings and follow them through their standardization in policy, their circulation in technical systems, and their reuse by the public. The topic of emerging data infrastructures grows increasingly important as these systems condition the possibility for new economies, forms of governance, civic behavior, and political struggle. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Information Studies at UCLA in 2016, and my MLIS from the same department in 2014. I have a Masters in New Media from the University of Amsterdam (2011). I am currently a lecturer in the School of Media, Culture, and Design at Woodbury University.
  • Part 1: The ABCs of War Bots Technological developments have enabled the evolution of warfare from cavemen bludgeoning each other with blunt objects to career soldiers...
    Design
  • Part 2: Soldiers and Their Bots Unlike soldiers, robots can take the worst of a bomb blast and survive to see another battle. So when an explosive needs to...
    Design
  • Part 3: The Overcrowded Skies There's a problem brewing over the skies of Iraq, and it's not weather related. Thanks to a new generation of cheaper,...
    Design
  • Part 4: Rescue Bots of the Future Not only are robots being used for military offensives, but they are also being deployed to rescue wounded soldiers. These robot medics can evacuate downed servicemen from situations too dangerous for normal reconnaissance missions. Rescue bots, most of which are still in the development phase, ensure..
    Design
  • Part 5: Legs With Brains Robots are assisting soldiers both on the battlefield and off. Some 30,000 men and women have lost limbs over the course of the conflict in Iraq, and the latest in prosthetic technology is helping them readjust to normal life. These cutting edge prostheses are equipped with robotic joints and computer..
    Design
  • Part 6: A God's Eye View The capture of the U2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers was one of the tensest incidents of the Cold War. In modern warfare, high-flying surveillance planes are now totally unmanned, taking espionage literally to new heights. While these robotic drones are good news for the military, they have civil rights..
    Design
  • Part 7: When War Becomes A Video Game We've learned about robots that spy, rescue, aid, survey, and defuse. In the final episode of our "Military Robots" series, we...
    Design
  • Get Your Volunteer On Frustrated by the state of the world? Feeling powerless, but wish you could do something to help? There are numerous worthy non-profits, both in the United States and abroad, in need of energetic volunteers. Consider logging some hours with any of the fine organizations highlighted in our latest Transparency. LEARN..
    Lifestyle
  • Pollen Bots Seasonal allergy sufferers, rejoice! Japanese scientists have deployed an army of anthropomorphic pollen sensors across the country in an...
    Lifestyle
  • Internet Censorship Sex. Ass. Falun gong. Chances are, if you're reading this right now, you don't live in Yemen, Myanmar, or China. Internet censorship can take many forms, from restricting private internet access to blocking searches for politically volatile keywords. Exercise your internet freedom by taking a look..
    Culture
  • Hog Hunting A plague of feral hogs has descended on the American South, leaving a trail of porcine devastation in their wake. To combat the invasion, some hunters are forsaking more traditional prey and training their sights on these destructive, ferocious, decidedly less cute cousins of Babe. Intrigued by a new..
    Communities
  • Circle Rules Football If you've never heard of Circle Rules Football, you're not alone. This whimsical game, played on a circular field with a yoga ball, was...
    Culture
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