IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Participatory Data Design: Acting in a digital world
The last few decade’s dramatic advances in digital technologies have been followed by equally dramatic and surprising developments in how we live and organize ourselves with data. Some of the emerging forms of datafield life are quite sinister, such as the American surveillance capitalism, the Chinese social credit scores, or the mobilization of data for the purposes of audit regimes and new public management. But there are also alternatives aiming at more local and progressive uses of the new data opportunities. This lecture presents one such approach - Participatory Data Design (PDD) - which Professor Torben Elgaard Jensen and his colleagues have been developing in a series of recent projects in the Techno-Anthropology Lab at Aalborg University. This lecture describes how the PDD approach draws inspiration from the Scandinavian tradition of participatory design, it explains how Professor Jensen (and colleagues) collaborate with stakeholders in developing data practices, and it finally discusses some of the issues and unintended consequences that have arisen in these types of experiments.
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