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Data has become a social and political issue because of its capacity to reconfigure relationships between states, subjects, and citizens. This book explores how data has acquired such an important capacity and examines how critical interventions in its uses in both theory and practice are possible.
Data and politics are now inseparable: data is not only shaping our social relations, preferences and life chances but our very democracies. Expert international contributors consider political questions about data and the ways it provokes subjects to govern themselves by making rights claims. Concerned with the things (infrastructures of servers, devices, and cables) and language (code, programming, and algorithms) that make up cyberspace, this book demonstrates that without understanding these conditions of possibility it is impossible to intervene in or to shape data politics.
Aimed at academics and postgraduate students interested in political aspects of data, this volume will also be of interest to experts in the fields of internet studies, international studies, Big Data, digital social sciences and humanities.
Chapter 1: Data Politics
Didier Bigo, Engin Isin and Evelyn Ruppert
PART 1: Conditions of Possibility of Data Politics
Chapter 2: Knowledge Infrastructures under Siege: Climate Data as Memory, Truce, and Target
Chapter 3: Against Infrasomatisation: Towards a Critical Theory of Algorithms
Chapter 4: Surveillance Capitalism, Surveillance Culture and Data Politics
PART 2: Worlds
Chapter 5: Mutual Entanglement and Complex Sovereignty in Cyberspace
Ronald J. Deibert and Louis W. Pauly
Chapter 6: Digital Data and the Transnational Intelligence Space
Didier Bigo and Laurent Bonelli
Chapter 7: From Fake to Junk News, the Data Politics of Online Virality
Chapter 8: Seeing Like Big Tech: Security Assemblages, Technology, and the Future of State Bureaucracy
PART 3: Subjects
Chapter 9: Towards ‘data justice’: Bridging Anti-Surveillance and Social Justice Activism Lina Dencik, Arne Hintz and Jonathan Cable
Chapter 10: Theses on Automation and Labour
Brett Neilson and Ned Rossiter
Chapter 11: Data’s Empire: Postcolonial Data Politics
Engin Isin and Evelyn Ruppert
PART 4: Rights
Chapter 12: The Right to Data Oblivion
Chapter 13: Data Citizens: How to Reinvent Rights
Chapter 14: Data Rights: Claiming Privacy Rights through International Institutions
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