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Lesbian Lives in Russia; Big Data

Laurie Taylor explores the changing nature of same-sex relationships since the demise of state communism. Also, the reality and implications of 'big data'.

Lesbian lives in Russia: Laurie Taylor talks to Francesca Stella, Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Glasgow, and author of a study which explores the changing nature of same sex relationships amongst women since the demise of state communism. From the metropolis to the provinces, she finds evidence of women negotiating visible, as well as closeted lives.

Also, is 'big data' leading to the pervasive 24/7 surveillance of every moment of our lives? Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland, argues that unlimited data collection is having unforeseen and risky consequences.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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28 minutes

Frank Pasquale

Professor of Law at the University of Maryland
Find out more about Professor Frank Pasquale

Frank will be giving a talk on how big data affects our lives at the RSA, London Thursday 11th June at 1pm


The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN 9780674368279

Dr Francesca Stella

Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow

Find our more about Dr Francesca Stella 

Lesbian Lives in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia: Post/Socialism and Gendered Sexualities.
Publisher:  Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 9781137321237

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