Review of Politics of Big Data-Friday, 8 May 2015, Kings College, London, United Kingdom

Review of Politics of Big Data

Friday, 8 May 2015 from 09:00 to 18:30 (BST)
London, United Kingdom

Event Details

“Big Data” is a contested term describing the increasing pervasiveness of data generation, gathering and mining in our society. The unprecedented market success Facebook, Google, and related digital, media, and marketing corporations is predicated on Big Data. Furthermore, as demonstrated by the Snowden revelations on the NSA and GCHQ, Big Data also provides new means for mass surveillance. Yet, this is not the whole story. Data is a site of political struggle. Beyond its value to state and capital, Big Data affords myriad opportunities for new forms of creative and political engagement. Open data initiatives, information leaks, and data-driven cultural projects are but early steps toward more democratic uses of the data we generate in our everyday lives. This conference will explore the contested and multifaceted nature of the politics of Big Data, covering both critiques of existing data-driven power dynamics as well as possible alternatives.

Confirmed Speakers include:
Bernhard Rieder, Jennifer Gibson, Phoebe Moore, Jennifer Pybus, Stefania Milan, Btihaj Ajana, Dan Mercea, Nate Tkacz, Michael Dieter, Mercedes Bunz, Mark Coté and Paolo Gerbaudo

Panels include
– Big Data and Digital Politics
– Big Data, the State and Surveillance
– The Politics of the Quantified Self
– Critical Engagements with Big Data


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