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Surveillance capitalism and the future of data activism

za 1 feb, 2020 : 15:30 - 16:45

Surveillance capitalism is grounded on the transformation of human actions, interactions and emotions into data points which can be quantified, analysed and monetised. It accelerates the crisis of liberal democracies, and changes the role of information and technology in the constitution of our societies. 
People may react by fighting the aggressive intermediation of the industry, including social media platforms, and the snooping of the state, for example through “smart city” projects. Others may leverage the possibilities for transformative collective action harboured by big data. 
This talk explores how citizens, social change activists, and variably skilled users engage with datafication looking at emerging practices of “data activism”. It takes stock of the main tendencies we observe on the field, and surveys emerging areas such as algorithmic activism and device activism.


za 1 feb, 2020
15:30 - 16:45
2.Dh5 Festival:
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Auditorium (BAK)
Pauwstraat 13A
Utrecht, Netherlands


Stefania Milan (UvA, DATACTIVE, Algorithm Exposed)

Stefania Milan's (@annliffey) work explores the intersection of digital technology, activism and governance. I divide my energies between DATACTIVE, the University of Amsterdam, and the Algorithm Exposed project. Here you can find out what keeps me busy.
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