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Message posted on 02/09/2019

Early announcement: Seminar on the political economy of health data, August 24, 2020

Dear collegaues,

August 24, 2020, we will be hosting a seminar with a great list of prominent
experts on the political economy of health data. Please save the date if you
are interested in these issues! See official announcement attached.

The political economy of health data:
infrastructures, flows and power

Seminar organized by Klaus Hoeyer (University of Copenhagen) and Alan Petersen
(Monash University)

Contributors include:

Mark Andrejevic (Monash U)
Ulrike Felt (U of Vienna)
Nina Hallowell (Oxford U)
Mette Hartlev (U of Copenhagen)
Linda Hogle (Madison-Wisconsin)
Jane Kaye (Oxford U)
Samuel Lengen (U of Virginia)
Moira Paterson (Monash U)
Barbara Prainsack (U of Vienna)
Tamar Sharon (Raboud U)
Sarah Wadmann (VIVE),
Brit Winthereik (IT University of Copenhagen)
Sally Wyatt (Maastricht U)

With pervasive digitalization of everyday activities, our social, professional
and political life now unfold under new conditions. All forms of digitally
mediated activity potentially generate data and that data can be exchanged on
the platforms facilitating the activity. It has led some scholars to talk
about the emergence of a platform society. The platform society potentially
transgresses national boundaries and create new global data flows - but not
all data flow freely, and different national and supranational regimes are
emerging and they demarcate data use differently. If the Internet was once
said to make all information equally accessible for all, we today know that
new forms of data divides are developing. As data gain commercial value, they
become guarded by trade secrets and both commercial, political and national
security interests generate new divisions between those with access and those
The new data divides influence how data is produced and used. This seminar
investigates the political economy of health data in light of the new division
of data access. Old distinctions between health data and other data seem to be
emerging and others eroding. If health data used to be seen as particularly
sensitive and guarded by special rules in various jurisdictions, it is today
the platform as much as the nature of the information that determines the
level of sensitivity - and in some jurisdictions whether they even count as
health data. There is a need to understand better the emerging global
political economy of health data and to explore how global variations create
very different power effects and involve very different potentials for data
subjects and data users.
The seminar compares data infrastructures in different geospheres by pursuing
the following cross-cutting themes of comparison:

Which actors build, control and use the data infrastructures for
healthcare and health-related research?
What counts as health data? Are they guarded or defined in any
particular way?
When infrastructural platforms are used for health data exchange, how
are they then connected and which geographical ties do they involve?
How do technical, economic, regulatory and geographical features affect
the purposes to which data are put and by whom?
* How do policymakers construe and engage the affected publics?

Participation in the seminar is free, but registration is required.
Details will be announced in January, 2020

The seminar will take place on August 24, 2020, at the University of
Copenhagen, Denmark

Funded by Australian Research Council and the European Research

Klaus Lindgaard Hyer

Kbenhavns Universitet
Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet
Afdeling for Sundhedstjenesteforskning

ster Farimagsgade 5A, Lokale 10.0.09
DK-1014 Kbenhavn K

T: 3532 7996
F: 3532 7629
M: 2625 6342
S: k.hoeyer

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