David Carroll Parsons School of Design
David Carroll is an Associate Professor of Media Design and former Director of the MFA Design and Technology graduate program at the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design at The New School. He is known for legally challenging Cambridge Analytica and related companies in the U.K. courts to recapture his 2016 voter profile using European data protection law. Featured in The Great Hack (2019) on Netflix, his data quest has appeared in WIRED, The Guardian, Motherboard, The Boston Review, Slate, Mother Jones, and the international press more widely. Formerly CEO of a failed tech startup backed by Hearst and incubated at NYC Media Lab and NY Media Center by IFP, Carroll visually organized digital archives using machine learning and social content recommendation engines. This experience helped form the basis of his research, legal efforts, and public engagement on data rights. His earlier scholarship on mobile media funded by research grants included support from the Pearson Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and Nokia Research Centers.