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.
  • Adult Soap Box Derby Before there was NASCAR, there was box car. Soap box derbies, at the peak of their popularity in the 1950s, provided all-American kids with an opportunity to mix engineering ingenuity with the need for speed. Today, enthusiastic adults raised on Mario Kart are reviving this wholesome tradition on the..
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  • Urban Golf Certain personal attributes can be advantageous in particular sports. In basketball, height helps. For sprinting, fast twitch muscle fibers...
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  • Aussie Rules Football How many times have you walked away from Monday Night Football musing, "If only this game were more violent..." Meet Australian Rules Football. Aussie ex-pats and their eager American converts are bringing this rowdy, athletically rigorous sport to a city near you. Full contact. No padding. Heavy..
    Culture
  • Dodgeball Anyone who remembers childhood as a time of innocence and joy was never on the wrong side of a dodgeball. If you ever packed a few extra pounds in grade school, chances are the specters of those stinging rubber balls haunt you to this day. But for the past three summers, young Brooklynites have been..
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  • Eco-Gym Chances are you go to the gym because it makes you feel good. But nothing kills that post-workout buzz like contemplating the environmental impact of traditional gyms-the air conditioning, the cardio machines, the thousands of tiny towels that are washed daily. Manuel de Arriba Ares has an alternative:..
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  • Satellites There are more than 3,000 satellites orbiting earth. While we go about our daily lives, these contraptions are hard at work in our stratosphere, beaming the latest episodes of American Idol, snapping photos of black holes, and enabling governments to spy on obscure regions of Afghanistan. Leroy Chiao,..
  • The Hidden Cost of War In 2003, Donald Rumsfeld estimated a war with Iraq would cost $60 billion. Five years later, the cost of Iraq war operations is more than 10...
    Communities
  • Salar de Uyuni With an area about the size of New Jersey, Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni salt flat is known as the flattest place on earth. So when NASA needs to...
    The Planet
  • Lords of the Rings The Japanese have a yen for the gold medal in Judo. Fencing has been an idée fixe for the French. In honor of the XXIX Olympiad, we take a look at a few Olympic events and the countries that love them. An original GOOD Video..
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  • Rooftop Bees With space at such a premium in Manhattan, New Yorkers are accustomed to thinking vertically when it comes to housing. Now bees are getting in on the action. David Graves, an urban beekeeper, tends his hives far above the bustle of New York on rooftops throughout the city. His buzzworthy honey gets rave..
    The Planet
  • Cambodian Sports Decades of war and internal strife have left Cambodia with one of the highest proportions of people disabled by land mines in the world. The...
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  • Urban Aquaculture Professor Martin Schreibman says our oceans have been overfished beyond repair. If we're going to keep eating fish and chips, tuna tartare,...
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