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Big Data From The South

I am the cofounder of the "Big Data from the South" Research Initiative that interrogates the diverse practices that subvert the dominant narratives of datafication as theorized and narrated by the global north. I launched this iniative in in July 2017 along with by Stefania Milan (University of Amsterdam) and Emiliano Treré (Cardiff University) and conducted one-day event in Cartagena, Colombia, as a pre-conference to the annual meeting of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Entitled ‘Big Data from the South: From media to mediations, from datafication to data activism’, it interrogated the mythology and universalism of datafication and big data from an epistemology of the South perspective. 

How can citizens participate in, and intervene into, the rapid roll-out of data systems in the public sector? How can we democratise datafied governance? Our report Civic Participation in the Datafied Society explores a variety of strategies, from citizen juries to oversight bodies to civil society campaigns and alternative discourses. It provides findings from our 3-year research project Towards Democratic Auditing

Democratising Datafied Society
Data Justice Lab

The Data Justice Lab is a space for research and collaboration at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC). It seeks to advance a research agenda that examines the intricate relationship between datafication and social justice, highlighting the politics and impacts of data-driven processes and big data. Our research examines the implications of institutional and organizational uses of data and provides critical responses to potential data harms and misuses. 

COVID-19 from the Margins: Pandemic Invisibilities, Policies and Resistance in the Datafied Society is a multilingual conversation that celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity but also de-centers dominant ways of being and knowing while contributing a decolonial approach to the narration of the COVID-19 crisis. It brings researchers, activists, practitioners, and communities on the ground into dialogue to offer timely, critical reflections in near-real time and in an accessible language.

Covid-19 From the Margins
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