Watching the last week’s coverage of the trainwreck that is Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in the US elections, I’ve been struck principally by its ethnocentrity. (I research digital data and representation, so unfortunately I wasn’t surprised that our digital selves are, as Julie Cohen has put it, being farmed and essentially sold like cattle to the […]
For anyone who needs to know specifics of the DataJustice project (ERC starting grant at TILT, Tilburg University, NL, beginning in 2018), a brief outline of the project can be found here.
Several times over the last year, researchers have written about the notion of data justice (Heeks and Renken here, Johnson here, and Dencik, Hintz and Cable here). They use this terminology to bring together important concerns about the way that data, and big data in particular, are affecting society, politics and development. These authors all […]
Data protection doesn’t engage with the collective level – is it time for change?
Today I heard about yet another ‘big data’ research project on ‘refugees-and-migrants’ and it became time to write something. The project aimed to interview undocumented migrants in Europe, then combine those interviews with data from mobile phones, bank accounts and national databases, and also with data from the organisations responsible for controlling the presence of […]
I just wrote a paper about claims I’ve heard in the development/humanitarian research world that big data should be treated as a public good. It’s called The ethics of big data as a public good: which public? Whose good? And you can find a pre-print here. I argue that there’s a reason mobile operators are […]