Lina Dencik: Justice in the Datafied Society
Start 18:30, End 22:00
The use of data and algorithmic processes for decision-making are a growing part of social life. Digitally monitoring, tracking, profiling as well as predicting human behaviour and social activities is at the core of the information order often described as surveillance capitalism. Increasingly, it also determines decisions that are central to our ability to participate in society, such as welfare, education, crime, work, and if we can cross borders. How can we grasp what is at stake in such developments?
Recently, there is a growing focus on questions of bias, discrimination and fairness in this debate. In her lecture, Lina Dencik will take stock of these concerns and present research that examines the implementation of data-driven systems in practice across pertinent sites of governance. She is making the case that in order to contend with crucial issues of justice in a datafied society, we need to understand data systems as part of broader societal transformations. She argues that we need to give greater importance to the question of why these technologies are developed and implemented in the first place and how data practices relate to a wider political economy.
The lecture, which is also part of the festival “Spy on Me #2 – Artistic Maneuvers for the Digital Present”, will be followed by a moderated discussion with the artist Jonas Staal, who will present his work “Collectivize facebook” in the context of the festival.
Lina Dencik is Associate Professor (Reader) at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University, UK where she is researching the interplay between media developments and social and political change, with a particular focus on globalisation and resistance. Dencik is the author of four books including “Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society“ with Arne Hintz and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, published in 2018. Together with Arne Hintz and Joanna Redden she founded and now directs the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University.