Our data futures

We invite scholars to discuss how the capacities of data technology might be harnessed to promote social justice, new forms of agency, political participation, and collective action.
30 Aug 2017
10:30 - 12:00 / Day 1: Tallinn

Our data futures

Datafication, referring to the conversion of life into digital data, generates new societal opportunities alongside power asymmetries. Initiatives, such as MyData, Open mHealth, MIDATA.coop, Hub of All Things, and Open Humans take datafication as a starting point, but try to steer data flows and data practices in a societally more sustainable direction. These initiatives address asymmetries in terms of data usage and distribution, or inadequacies of existing ethical and regulatory frameworks; they push for the rearticulation of concepts such as participation, sharing, governance, or public good.

This academic workshop invites scholars, participating in and studying such data-driven initiatives, to discuss how the capacities of data technology might be harnessed to promote social justice, new forms of agency, political participation, and collective action. We are also interested in research on data activism and how uses of data challenge accepted norms, assumptions and ideological projects. The aim is to promote debate on the ways forms of data are thought to guide, or shape us as we move into data futures, and whether the data initiatives succeed in promoting new communities of producers and users of data.

Information & submission guidelines

The workshop takes place on Wednesday, 30.8.2017 at Tallinn University. Practical details on the workshop and conference registration are available here.

Please send your abstract in PDF format to academic-ourdata@mydata.org by 2 May 2017. The document should include a title and the author name(s). The abstract body text should not be longer than 300 words. Decisions on accepted abstracts will be communicated by 16 May 2017. The accepted abstracts will be made available in advance of the workshop via the workshop webpage. Full papers are not expected.

Participation in the workshop is subject to an accepted abstract.

Workshop organizers

Minna Ruckenstein, University of Helsinki
Indrek Ibrus, Tallinn University
Tuukka Lehtiniemi, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology

In case of questions, connect us at academic-ourdata@mydata.org

General information on the academic workshops of the conference can be found here.