A research project


“alpha60” is a data science/computational humanities research project by Abigail De Kosnik (Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley) and Benjamin De Kosnik (software engineer and artist). alpha60 is a data scraper that quantifies and maps BitTorrent traffic—the number and location of downloaders (or “peers”) and of uploaders (or “seeds”)—around specific digital media files (“torrents”). In other words, alpha60 is a “piracy ratings” system.

Initial funding for this project was generously provided by the Berkeley Center for New Media through a Faculty Seed Grant.