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[ecrea] cfp - data power 2017

Sat Jan 14 23:21:39 GMT 2017

*Reminder **DATA POWER 2017 **Call for Papers and Sessions*


A two-day, international conference organized by Carleton and Sheffield universities.

*Dates:* 22^nd  & 23^rd  June 2017

*Venue:* School of Journalism & Communication, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

*Submission deadline: *Friday 27^th  January 2017

*Call for abstracts/proposals*

Increasingly pervasive in our daily lives, data are constituted through converging technologies and practices such as the internet of things, smart cities, drones and precision agriculture; global finance, credit scoring and data brokerage firms; surveillance, predictive policing and customer relation management systems, to name a few. Data are also generated by and flow through applications, software, platforms, and infrastructures that reshape how we play, work, eat, socialise, see ourselves, and know the world. In an era of data power, data have become agentic, especially when input into black-boxed algorithms and systems whose outputs are used to profile and sort us, influence the political economy, and for purposes for which no consent was given. Is this a 'fait accompli'?

To answer this question, the Data Power 2017 conference asks: How can we reclaim some form of data-based power and autonomy, and advance data-based technological citizenship, while living in regimes of data power? Is it possible to regain agency and mobilize data for the common good? To do so, which theories help to interrogate and make sense of the operations of data power? What kind of design frameworks are needed to build and deploy data-based technologies with values and ethics that are equitable and fair? How can big data be mobilized to improve how we live, beyond notions of efficiency and innovation?

This conference follows the successful Data Power 2015 Conference <> held in the UK and creates a space to reflect on these and other critical issues relating to data’s ever more ubiquitous power.

To date, the following keynote speakers and commentators on data power have been confirmed:

  * Helen Nissenbaum <>, New York
    University, co-author of Obfuscation: A User’s Guide to Privacy and
    Protest with Finn Brunton (2015), and PI of the Values in Design
  * Paul N.Edwards <>, University of
    Michigan, author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data,
    and the Politics of Global Warming//(2010);
  * Stefania Milan <>, University
    of Amsterdam, author of /Social Movements and Their Technologies:
    Wiring Social Change/ (2016), and PI of the DATACTIVE project;
  * Frank Pasquale

    University of Maryland, author of /The Black Box Society: The Secret
    Algorithms that Control Money and Information /(2015).

Papers and session/panel proposals are invited on the following - and other relevant - topics:

·The political economy of data

·Data and journalism

·Theorizing data

·The politics of data visualization

·Data labour

·The social life of data and data-driven methods

·The politics of open and linked data

·Data-driven governance, surveillance and control

·Data, discrimination and inequality

·Social, ethical and legal issues

·Data citizens

·Data activism, citizen engagement and advocacy

·Data, genealogy and power

·Data power and violence

·Critical cultural and feminist approaches to data

·Resistance, agency and appropriation.



  * Whilst we welcome papers and sessions of all kinds, please note that
    this conference focuses on critical questions about data’s power and
    also papers that are critical and/or reflective with regards to the
    social and cultural consequences of the rise of data's power.
  * Please submit 250 word paper or panel proposals using the following
    online submission system:
  * The deadline for paper proposals is *Friday 27^th  January 2017*.
  * The conference fee is $225 (CAD) for all, and $90 (CAD) for students.
  * The organising committee will select papers for a special issue on
    Data Power in the following peer reviewed journals: /The Canadian
    Journal of Communication /and /Online Information Review/.
  * Ottawa is Canada’s Capital, and is celebrating its 150^th
      Anniversary in 2017. The City is home to numerous international
    museums and galleries, and Carleton University is set along the
    beautiful Rideau River and the Rideau Canal.

Best wishes,

The Data Power Conference team


/Tracey, Helen, Jo, Ganaele, Ysabel & Merlyna/

/(datapower2017 /at/ <mailto:(datapower2017 /at/>

Tracey P. Lauriault & Merlyna Lim, Carleton University, Canada

Helen Kennedy & Jo Bates, University of Sheffield, UK

Ganaele Langlois, York University, Canada

Ysabel Gerrard, University of Leeds, UK

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