Rodrigo Ochigame


My research examines the contemporary ethical crisis of artificial intelligence and machine learning. As an anthropologist, I follow scientists, engineers, lawyers, policymakers, businesspeople, and activists as they negotiate computational and legal regimes to regulate concerns of bias, discrimination, secrecy, opacity, and unaccountability.

I conduct this research as a PhD student in the Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to MIT, I studied computer science and social sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.

Research interests

Anthropology of reason and ethics; computation, data, and the human sciences; artificial intelligence; machine learning; complexity and modeling


Filtering Dissent: Social Media and Land Struggles in Brazil (with James Holston), New Left Review 99 (2016): 85-108.