We are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for our next conference at the Data Justice Lab themed:

 

Civic Participation in the Datafied Society

 

Date: May 28-29, 2020  

Location: Cardiff University in Cardiff, UK.

Host: Data Justice Lab

 

As the generation, collection and analysis of data continues to transform key aspects of our society across economics, politics and culture, the question of participation has rarely been so pertinent. Democratic processes and traditional avenues for participation are facing challenges as state-citizen relations are increasingly shaped through data analytics and automation at the same time as alternative visions for participatory democracy and decision-making have proliferated. As citizens, we are said to be both coerced and active participants in this shift, both liberated and exploited in the use of digital tools, both more visible and more obscured in data-driven systems. How, then, should we understand civic participation in the datafied society? In what ways are we positioned as citizens in the advancement of datafication? How are decisions made, governance carried out, and systems created? What possibilities exist to intervene in, influence, create and resist power? Who gets to participate and on what terms? How might our institutions and government practices need to change? What are strategies for democratising the emergent datafied society? And what are avenues for enhancing citizen and community participation?

 

This two-day event explores the relationship between datafication and participation. Hosted by the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC), it will bring together international scholars, practitioners, activists, and community groups to discuss the possibilities and challenges of civic participation in a datafied society. Speakers include:

 

Carly Kind (Ada Lovelace Institute)

Mark Andrejevic (Monash University, Australia)

Nanjira Sambuli (World Wide Web Foundation)

Natalie Fenton (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

Rashida Richardson (AI Now)

Tawana Petty (Detroit Digital Justice Coalition)

 

The conference will include both scholarly contributions and workshops with civil society, practitioners and impacted communities in order to facilitate and advance knowledge exchange. We therefore welcome alternative formats and ideas. Themes for submissions include (but are not limited to):


 

Submissions

Deadline for 500-word abstracts: 15th of December, 2019

Submit via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=datajustice2020

All submissions must include a title, author name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and full contact information (mailing address, email address). If you propose a workshop or practical demonstration, please provide a clear statement of purpose and a detailed description of activities, as well as any infrastructure requirements. Please note that time-slots for sessions are 90 minutes. If more is needed, please include an explanation.

 

How to get there

Cardiff is a 2-hour train journey west of London and Heathrow airport. The closest airports are Cardiff and Bristol.


Conference fee

Full fee: £75 (early bird) / £100

Reduced fee for students and civil society: £50 (early bird) / £75


Conference organizing committee: Lina Dencik, Arne Hintz, Joanna Redden and Emiliano Treré (Data Justice Lab, Cardiff University, UK)


For information about the Data Justice Lab, see: http://www.datajusticelab.org

Online CfP: https://datajusticelab.org/data-justice-2020/

Hashtag: #DataJustice2020

Contact for further information: https://datajusticelab.org/contact/


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Dr Lina Dencik

Reader / Co-Director Data Justice Lab

PI Data Justice: Understanding datafication in relation to social justice (DATAJUSTICE) ERC Starting Grant 2018-2023

School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University

Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff CF10 1FS

Email: [log in to unmask], Tel: +44 (0)29 208 75461

Twitter: @LinaDencik 

Fellow, Center for Media, Data and Society, Central European University


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