The good data and the bad: visions of the datafied future
In cooperation with The Good Data Project, Institute for Network Cultures and DATACTIVE
In recent years, there has been an explosion in the amount of data collected and automated analysis of information by government and private actors. In response to the totalising datafication of society, there has been a significant critique regarding ‘bad data’ practices. Good Data proposes a move from critique to imagining and articulating a more optimistic vision of the datafied future. Tonight, the speakers look ahead and ask: how to move forward towards the inevitable towards a more optimistic "Good Data" future.
With the datafication of society and the introduction of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and automation, issues of data ethics and data justice are only to increase in importance. In Good Data, edited by Angela Daly, S. Kate Devitt and Monique Mann, ‘good data’ practices, values and principles are examined and proposed from an interdisciplinary, international perspective. From ideas of data sovereignty and justice, to manifestos for change and calls for activism, this edited collection opens a multifaceted conversation on the kinds of futures we want to see. The book presents concrete steps on how we can start realising good data in practice, and move towards a fair and just digital economy and society.
Monique Mann will introduce the book and Stefania Milan (DATACTIVE) will moderate the discussion.
About the speakers
Monique Mann is the Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Technology and Regulation at the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology. Dr Mann is advancing a program of socio- legal research on the intersecting topics of algorithmic justice, police technology, surveillance, and transnational online policing.
Stefania Milan (stefaniamilan.net) is Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Amsterdam. Her work explores the intersection of digital technology, governance and activism, with emphasis on critical data practices and autonomous infrastructure. Stefania is the Principal Investigator of the DATACTIVE project, funded with a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (639379) and exploring the evolution of citizenship and participation vis-à-vis datafication and surveillance (data-activism.net), and of the spin-off ALEX project (ERC Proof of Concept 825974). She is the author of Social Movements and Their Technologies: Wiring Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan 2013/2016) and co-author of Media/Society (Sage 2011).
Miren Gutiérrez holds a PhD in Communication. She is the director of the postgraduate Programme “Data Analysis, Research and Communication” and Lecturer at the University of Deusto. She is also an Associate Researcher at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London and at DATACTIVE at the University of Amsterdam. The central theme of her research has to do with data activism or how people and organisations use data infrastructure, in combination with other technologies, for social change. She is also the author of the book Data activism and social change, Palgrave-Macmillan.
Becky Kazansky is a PhD candidate with the DATACTIVE project at the University of Amsterdam. She researches tactics and infrastructures that resist surveillance and data exploitation, looking specifically at how social movements try to anticipate and preempt threats. Alongside her academic research, Becky has worked for a decade with different human rights and social justice organizations on issues around privacy, digital security, and data governance.
Kersti R. Wissenbach is a researcher and senior consultant working on the crossroads of communication, governance, responsible data, and civic tech since the early 2000s. She is specialised in participatory methods and has worked with activist groups, NGOs, and government institutions in over 15 countries. Kersti lectures in the Communication for Development Master of Malmö University. She is a PhD researcher with the DATACTIVE project where she merges social movement and communication for social change scholarship for her study of power dynamics within transnational civic tech activism
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