Data of Difference/ The Difference of Data is an online collection of visual essays on the history of personal data by Jason Ludwig. It is the digital companion to my dissertation, "Automating Blackness: Race, Computing, and Politics in the Postwar United States,” which examines how government officials, computer experts, and activists sought (and often failed) to advance racial equality through computing in the postwar United States, and how this history can help advance understanding of digitized statecraft and algorithmic discrimination.

To browse through individual data cards and images, please visit the online archive.

This work has been supported by a Graduate Fellowship in Digital Humanities sponsored by Cornell University Library & Society for the Humanities. The visual essays in this collection were created using Juncture, an open-source tool for digital humanities scholarship developed by JSTOR Labs. More information can be found on the Juncture web site and in the online User guide.