Author Archives: linnettaylor

In the digital world we are all developing countries: what Cambridge Analytica can tell us about limited statehood in the West

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 being sold like cattle to the highest bidder.) Sure, it has been clear for a […]

Data Justice: project brief

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.

My new project: Data Justice

I’ve had some good news: I heard this summer that I am going to receive an ERC grant from the European Research Council. This means I get to do five years’ work on the idea of data justice (the link leads to a paper that explains in more detail what this might be). There are […]

Boiling whales and burning forests: If data is the new oil, what’s our alternative energy plan?

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 […]

Group Privacy: the next generation of privacy problems

Data protection doesn’t engage with the collective level – is it time for change?

Refugees, migrants and data science: it’s not just research.

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 […]

Why data’s not a public good

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 […]