Randi Heinrichs is working on her dissertation about a conception of algorithmic anonymity at Leuphana University Luneburg, Germany, where she is affiliated with the Digital Cultures Research Lab. She studied Cultural Sciences at the Leuphana from 2007 to 2015 and Sociology, Modern and Contemporary Art and Journalism at the ARCIS University in Santiago de Chile. She received her M.A. in “Culture, Arts and Media”, from the Leuphana with a thesis titled “Whistleblowing and the dangerous Game of Truth”. Her doctoral research project “(Re)Programming Regimes of Anonymity in Digital Culture”, which is supervised by Prof. Dr. Götz Bachmann at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM), examines the negotiations of anonymity at the intersections of technology, practices and regulations. To understand the interdependence of emerging power structures with specific forms of socio-technical knowledge the project evolves an ethnographic study at the level of production – where ‘anonymity’ is governed and (re)programmed by algorithmic actors like software developers, data analysts, designers and marketers. Integrated in to the project consortium ‘Reconfiguring Anonymity. Contemporary forms of Reciprocity, identifiability and accountability in transformation’, the project is supplemented through collaborative forms of knowledge production with legal professionals and a group of affiliated media artists working on the ‘problematization’ of ‘anonymity regimes’. Randi is currently an international research fellow at the Science and Technology Department at UC Davis until the end of June 2017.
Contact: randi.heinrichs AT leuphana.de