[Humanist] 28.908 events: Politics of Big Data

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Fri Apr 24 07:32:21 CEST 2015

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 908.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:05:46 +0000
        From: "Goddard, Kevin" <kevin.goddard at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Politics of Big Data Conference - May 8th 2015 - KCL,  Strand Campus - Politicsofbigdata.net
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Dear All,

You are kindly invited to the Politics of Big Data conference on May 8th 2015 at KCL, Strand Campus, discussing the dangers and opportunities of the current trend towards datafication with leading international experts. Details below.

Best Regards,


Politics of Big Data

King’s College London, Strand Campus, May 8th 2015

“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.

Conference Website: http://www.politicsofbigdata.net

Registration: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/politics-of-big-data-tickets-15741681794

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We have eventually finalised the programme of the Politics of Big Data conference. The conf website is live here http://www.politicsofbigdata.net/

Conference Programme

REGISTRATION AND COFFEE – 9:30-10:00 – River Room


Big Data Power – 10:00-11:20 – Edmund Safra Theatre

Bernhard Rieder (University of Amsterdam)

Jennifer Gibson (Reprieve)

Respondent: Paolo Gerbaudo (King’s College London)


Panel 1: Big Data, State and Surveillance – Room K1.28

Chair: Btihaj Ajana (King’s College London)

Daniel Trottier (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Christopher Till (Leeds Beckett University)

Barbara Prainsack (King’s College London)

David Barnard-Wills (Trilateral Research)

Panel 2: Big Data Methods and Political Research – River Room

Chair: Paolo Gerbaudo (King’s College London)

Dhiraj Murty (Goldsmiths)

Dan Mercea (City University London)

Martin Moore (Media Standards Trust)

LUNCH – 13:00 – 14:00

BREAKOUT SESSIONS II – 14:00 – 15:30

Panel 3: Open/Data/Activism – River Room

Chair: Clare Birchall (King’s College London)

Phoebe Moore (Middlesex University)

Stefania Milan (University of Tilburg)

Jonathan Gray (Royal Holloway/University of Amsterdam)

Panel 4: Critical Engagements with Big Data – K1.28

Chair: Mark Coté (KCL)

Nate Tkacz (Warwick University)

Mercedes Bunz (University of Westminister)

Michael Dieter (Warwick University)


Big Data Alternatives – 16:00 – 17:30  – Edmund Safra Theatre

Moderator: Mark Coté (KCL)

Carolin Gerlitz (University of Amsterdam)

Jennifer Pybus (University of the Arts London)

Farida Vis (University of Sheffield)

WINE RECEPTION – 17:30-18:30 – River Room

Dr Paolo Gerbaudo,
Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society,
Culture, Media and Creative Industries Department,
Room 217A, 2nd Floor,
Norfolk Building,
King's College London,
London WC2R 2LS, England
Phone: +44 (0)20 78481576

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