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Message posted on 24/06/2021

invite: Data Activism Futures & Art as Data Activism (June 29-30)

Dear friends, dear colleagues

it is my pleasure to invite you all to join us for thetwo (online) events that celebrate the ERC-funded DATACTIVE (data-activism.net) research project, which since 2015 has been exploring the relation between citizens and the datafied society broadly defined.

On June 29, 1-5.30pm we will reflect on “Data Activism Futures”, in collaboration with the DATACTIVE team: Niels ten Oever, Becky Kazansky, Guillen Torres, Davide Beraldo and Lonneke van der Velden, as well as a number of other cool colleagues (including Maxigas and Fieke Jansen).

On June 30, 5-6.30pm we will instead explore “Art as data activism”, with the help of a number of cool artists of the likes of Many Luksch, Joana Moll, Karla Zavala and Adriaan Odendaal.

See more and sign up athttps://data-activism.net/2021/06/june-29-30-datactive-final-event/ . More info is available below.

A good portion of the event has been professionally produced in a fancy tv studio—so we promise a slightly better and more colorful experience than your regular zoom😉

Hope to see you there! Best, Stefania

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Stefania Milan(she/her) Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam | https://stefaniamilan.net Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University Principal Investigator, DATACTIVE (ERC Starting Grant 639379) | https://data-activism.net Project Leader, Citizenship and standard-setting in digital networks (IN-SIGHT) (NWO Responsible Innovation Grant MVI.19.032) | https://in-sight.it Co-Principal Investigator, e-LADDA (MSCA 857897) | https://e-ladda.eu @annliffey | @data_ctive| @bigdatasur +31627875425 | +31(0)205252416 Fingerprint: 5A7B  6330  5684  FC39  3DC0 67D7  08B3  50AE  6AF5  1B63

We are nearing the end of the ERC-funded DATACTIVE project and we have many accomplishments to celebrate!

For almost six years now, we have worked together to investigate the complex and multifaceted field of data activist imaginaries and practices. We have had a wonderful time bringing together academics, practitioners, hackers and artists from around the world. We have engaged in numerous interviews, focus groups, participant observation of activist events, and we have even developed our own open-source tools to support our research. Together, we have traced the evolution of a global network of data activists and tried to figure out how institutions are reacting to their mobilization. We have explored the various ways in which publics engage with surveillance regimes and how notions of risk articulate strategies to resist it. We have shed light on the workings of the algorithms that power big tech platforms and located how human rights considerations painstakingly make their way into the infrastructure of the internet. With the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also devoted our attention to the politics of counting in the first pandemic in a datafied society, the inherent forms of exclusion and the risks of techno-solutionism.

Throughout these six years, the 'we' of DATACTIVE has been neither static nor stable. DATACTIVE has been home to no less than 26 people in its core team, plus the many other research associates, interns, and collaborators who visited for period of time and enriched our work with their expertise and unique contributions.

Although the project is coming to an end, we are well aware that our work is not done. We will take our data-activist approach to research to other venues and groups, and continue asking critical questions wherever we will land.

But it is now time for thanks and celebrations! Please join us on Tuesday the 29th of June 2021 (13.00-17.30 CEST)*for the DATACTIVE closing event entitled DATA ACTIVISM FUTURES*, to celebrate looking back and ponder about the future. We have our Principal Investigator Stefania Milan reflecting on five years of data activism, after which the PhD candidates will take central stage. Becky Kazansky will shed light on threat modelling within civil society and grassroots resistance to surveillance, Guillén Torres will present his work on institutional resistance to transparency efforts by citizens, and Niels ten Oever will take us through the politics of infrastructure. Guest speakers include Maxigas (University of Amsterdam), Fieke Jansen (Data Justice Lab, Cardiff University), Claudio Agosti (Algorithms Exposed), and Svitlana Matviyenko (Digital Democracies Institute). Davide Beraldo will engage in a discussion with artists Joana Moll, Manu Luksch, Karla Zavala and Adriaan Odenzaal about how art can contribute to the data activism agenda by fostering critical data literacy

The DATACTIVE final event will be followed by a public roundtable discussion on ART AS DATA ACTIVISM scheduled on the next day, Wednesday the 30th of June 2021 (17.00-18.30 CEST). Note that each event has its own separate registration process.


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