11: Our Data

Collective data use and the social value of data

Keywords: our data; collective action; social value; social data; data excess; data frugality

Contact: ourdata@mydata.org

Human-centric personal data use is often discussed in individualistic terms. In this track, we depart from the individualistic framework and focus on the social and societal aspects of the data economy. We promote discussion of how the capacities of data technology might be harnessed to promote social justice, new forms of agency, participation, and collective action. Motivating questions include, but are not limited to: How could collective action be leveraged to counter power imbalances in the data economy? Much of personal data is fundamentally social in nature – how to approach ‘our data’ instead of ‘my data’? How can people share their personal data, creating social and use value for their community, beyond the economic value generated by the mediating platform? What should we do with the ‘data excess’ that we are generating and what are the steps that could lead to ‘data frugality’?

Sessions on this Track

Day 1
30 Aug 2017

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.
Indrek Ibrus
Indrek Ibrus
Ruckenstein Minna
Minna Ruckenstein
Tuukka Lehtiniemi
Day 2
31 Aug 2017

Our Data

Human-centric personal data use is often discussed in individualistic terms. We depart from the individualistic framework and promote discussion of how the capacities of data technology might be harnessed to promote social justice, new forms of agency, participation, and collective action. Motivating questions include, but are not limited to: How could collective action be leveraged to counter power imbalances in the data economy? Much of personal data is fundamentally social in nature – how to approach ‘our data’ instead of ‘my data’? How can people share their personal data, creating social and use value for their community, beyond the economic value generated by the mediating platform? What should we do with the ‘data excess’ that we are generating and what are the steps that could lead to ‘data frugality’?
Peter Wells
Peter Wells
Francesca Bria
Francesca Bria
Ruckenstein Minna
Minna Ruckenstein
Tuukka Lehtiniemi
Valérie Peugeot
Valérie Peugeot
Day 3
01 Sep 2017

Citizens in the Data Economy

In a “consumer Republic”, a society which has consumption at its heart, the citizen cannot be untied from the consumer. Is this data consumer also a data producer ? Will he or her gain in power or is it on the opposite a regression in terms of autonomy, citizens becoming sensors contributing to the IA of huge Chinese and American platforms? Current frameworks for data governance focus on the individual: data ownership and control, individual rights and protection from individual harms. Where is the protection for groups? What change in perspective is necessary to address big data’s collective implications? And what would this mean for the law?
Linnet Taylor
Linnet Taylor
Mika Pantzar
Mika Pantzar
Valérie Peugeot
Valérie Peugeot

Track Hosts

Valérie Peugeot

Valérie Peugeot

Digital studies researcher at Orange, in the social sciences department.