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A color graphic showing the book cover for 'Data Driven' by Karen Levy


Levy’s ‘Data Driven’ receives three Best Book awards

September 25, 2023

Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance” – penned by Cornell’s Karen Levy – recently received a third award since its publication late last year. 

In August, “Data Driven” received the Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association in the Section on Communications, Information Technology, and Media Sociology. The book had previously received the Best Information Science Book Award, given by the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the 2022 McGannon Book Award, given by Fordham University’s McGannon Center for best book addressing media policy, activism, and social justice.

Levy – an associate professor of information science in the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science and an associate member of the Law School faculty – explores the legal, organizational, social, and ethical aspects of data-intensive technologies.

In “Data Driven,” Levy examines how digital surveillance is changing the trucking industry and raises crucial questions about the role of data collection in broader systems of social control.

Published by Princeton University Press in December 2022, “Data Driven” has been praised by the likes of the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and scholars like danah boyd, who called the book a “must-read for both those who think AI is our salvation and those who see automation as the devil.”