Conference Programme

Programme at a glance:

Day 1

8.00 – 9.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.30 Welcome
9.30 – 11.00 Keynote Plenary 1: Data and Social Transformations
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.00 Parallel Sessions
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Parallel Sessions
15.30 – 15.45 Coffee Break
15.45 – 17.15 Parallel Sessions
17.30 – 18.15 Keynote
18.30 – 20.30 Reception at National Museum of Wales

Day 2

9.00 – 10.30 Keynote Plenary 2: Data and Discrimination
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 Parallel Sessions
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Parallel Sessions
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 – 17.00 Parallel Sessions
17.00 End

Detailed programme


8.00 – 9.00


9.00 – 9.30


9.30 – 11.00

Keynote Plenary I: Data and Social Transformations

Panel: Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths), Rob Kitchin (Maynooth University), David Lyon (Queen’s University)
Chair/respondent: Seda Gürses (KU Leuven)

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Parallel Sessions A

Data and ethics

Making Data Ethics actionable
Aline Franzke (University of Oslo) and Iris Muis (Utrecht Data School)
On the Ethicality of Data Ethics: Cases from Utrecht and Singapore University
Ingrid Hoofd (Utrecht University)
What we mean when we say ‘ethics’?
Maya Indira Ganesh (Leuphana University)
Everyday justice in data science: what can ethics do?
Marguerite Barry (University College Dublin) and Aphra Kerr (National University of Ireland Maynooth)
What gives? Sharing the reality of research data ethics
Kelly Shephard (Institute of Development Studies)

Data and politics

Datafication, Feedback Loops and Social Reproduction
William Jaques (York University)
Organisations and Data Justice: Reflections on Political Organisation from the Information Freedom Movement
Julian von Bargen (York University)
Antiracism apps and the politics of data: Antiracism, evidence and the persistence of state violence
Alana Lentin (Western Sydney University), Justine Humphry (The University of Sydney) and Tanja Dreher (The University of New South Wales)
Is lack of data protection law in Nigeria contributing to decreasing spaces for freedom of speech?
Amapamoere Ere (Montford University)
Artifical Intelligence in news production and distribution: How to deal with bias and trust in media and technology
Pieter Verdegem and Mercedes Bunz (University of Westminster)

Data and labour

Data justice meets digital labour studies in the age of platform economy
Yujie Chen (University of Leicester)
Platform Labour: The Invisible Boss and the Datafied Worker
Alessandro Gandini (King’s College London)
Is Uber Really Everywhere? Analyzing Driver Supply & Strategies in Los Angeles
Sanna Ali (Stanford University) and Gloria Mark (University of California, Irvine)
Airbnb and the Internet of Things: An infrastructure of exclusion?
Karen Gregory (University of Edinburgh)
Digital Labour, fandom and the platformisation of politics
Penny Andrews (University of Sheffield)

Data politics in a global context

The datafication of anti-poverty programmes
Silvia Masiero (Loughborough University)
Urban Data Justice: Inequality, Exclusion and Datafication in the Global South
Richard Heeks (University of Manchester) and Satyarupa Shekhar (Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group)
Resisting unaccountable state dataveillance: activist learnings from the global South
Jane Duncan (University of Johannesburg)
Data privacy in the networked state: the technological mediation of selfhood in India
Usha Raman (University of Hyderabad) and Pawan Singh (Deakin University)
Data Policies and Surveillance in Non-Democratic Countries: The Case of Iran
Azadeh Akbari (Heidelberg University)


Critical Datafication: A Practical Demonstration of tools for critical data making about invisible infrastructures
Alessandra Renzi, Fenwick McKelvey, Tom Hackbarth (Concordia University) and Evan Light (York University)

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.30

Parallel Sessions B

Data activism

From Agonism to a Politics of Refusal: Three Political Theories of Data Activism
Morgan Currie (Stanford University)
HISTORY OF _RT: arts-based data activism dissecting the ‘official’ Art History
Gabriel Pereira (Aarhus University) and Bruno Moreschi (Unicamp)
Hacktivism and the hacker ethic in the data society
Silvia Semenzin (University of Milan)
Our data futures: towards non-data-centric data activism
Minna Ruckenstein (University of Helsinki) and Tuukka Lehtiniemi (Aalto University)
Data Activism and Infrastructural Imagination
Jonathan Gray (King’s College London)

Data and theories of justice

Big Data and the Question of Justice
Nadine Sutmöller (Europa Universität Flensburg)
Toward a Conception of Data Violence: Data Justice Beyond Distributions
Anna Lauren Hoffmann (University of Washington)
Towards data justice: what kind of justice for what kinds of data practices
Raphael Gellert (Tilburg University)
Understanding the risk of data constructivism: Achieving justice by incorporating risk governance
Tobias Scholz and Volker Stein (University of Siegen)
In Pursuit of Data Justice: Rights Claims and the Submissive Data Citizen
Guy Hoskins (York University)

Data in the city

The Geography of Our Digital Rights to the City
Mark Graham and Martin Dittus (University of Oxford)
Experimentality in Data-Driven Governance
Leah Horgan (University of California, Irvine)
State-led Gentrification of London and the Case of the Missing Data on Displacees
Sue Easton and Loretta Lees (University of Leicester)
Smart cities, data infrastructures and social difference in a new town
Alan Miguel Valdez and Nick Bingham (The Open University)
Visibilities in the city: Defining parameters for big data usage regarding vulnerable urban populations
Jason Pridmore, Liesbet van Zoonen (Erasmus University) and Alessandro Bozzon (Delft University of Technology)

Data on the border

Migration research and control in the era of big data
Linnet Taylor (Tilburg University)
Visualising Love: Disrupting Migrant Datafication
Emma Agusita (University of the West of England)
Border Probes: Experiences with the new Canadian-American Frontier
Evan Light (University of York)
Datafication of Mobile Lives: Discrimination through Algorithmic Selection
Anu Masso (ETH Zürich/University of Tartu)
Phones or Fingerprints? Seeking asylum in an age of Big Data
Philippa Metcalfe (Cardiff University)


Trust by Design: Foregrounding User Concerns in Emerging Internet of Things
Ansgar Koene, Stefan Larsson, Derek McAuley, Virginia Portillo, Per Runeson and Lachlan Urquhart (University of Nottingham and Lund University)

15.30 – 15.45

Coffee break

15.45 – 17.15

Parallel Session C

Datafication of public life

Surveillance State by Stealth? The Case of the Public Services Card and Data Privacy in Ireland
Cristin O’Rourke and Aphra Kerr (Maynooth University)
Public spaces in government data use
Emily Rempel, Julie Barnett and Hannah Durrant (University of Bath)
Data/infrastructure ownership, and the future of public services in the smart city
Gunes Tavmen (Birkbeck, University of London)
Data Ethics: A critical analysis on ‘big mother’ in datafied nurseries
Bei Chen (University of Sheffield)
In Laotianye We Trust: Big Data, Social Credit, and Chinese Governance
Adam Knight (University of Oxford)

Colonising and decolonising data

From colonial archives to (post)colonial databases – assembling Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) in Sub-Saharan Africa and post-Soviet Central Asia
Sarah Fichtner (independent) and Nelli Piattoeva (University of Tampere)
Decolonial computing, data colonialism and the rise of the social media internet
Wendy Willems (London School of Economics)
Decolonising ‘Datafication’ Discourse
Syed Mustafa Ali (The Open University)
Decolonising Techno-Utopias: Human Failings, Digital Remedies
Emma Harrison (University of Sussex)
Data Colonialism and Data Protection Reform: Transnational Advocacy Networks in Latin America
Rebekah Larsen (University of Cambridge)

Auditing, explaining and accountable data

Justification and understanding of algorithmic decisions – what can explanations bring?
Francien Dechesne (Leiden University)
Auditing Classifiers
William Seymour (University of Oxford)
Towards Good Data Practice: Making Network Visualisation in Gephi Accountable
Daniela van Geenen (University of Applied Sciences Utrecht), Maranke Wieringa and Karin Van Es (Utrecht University)
From data driven profiling to digital stereotyping to new forms of discrimination – a matter of law?
Romy Daedelow (Basel University)
Can a Human Rights-Based Approach Add Value to Algorithmic Accountability
Lorna McGregor, Daragh Murray and Vivian Ng (University of Essex)


Tackling data challenges with AI
Natalie Widmann and Jaume Cardona (Huridocs)


Data Policies: Policy Hackathon
Arne Hintz and Jess Brand (Cardiff University)

17.30 – 18.15

Keynote: Anita Gurumurthy (IT for Change)

18.30 – 20.30

Reception at National Museum for Wales


9.00 – 10.30

Keynote Plenary II: Data and Discrimination

Panel: Solon Barocas (Cornell University), Sasha Costanza-Chock (MIT), Seeta Peña Gangadharan (London School of Economics)
Chair/respondent: Helen Kennedy (University of Sheffield)

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30

Parallel Sessions D

Questioning data

Questioning Data Universalism
Stefania Milan (University of Amsterdam) and Emiliano Treré (Cardiff University)
Of Data Cultures and Data F[r]ictions: Notes on Training, Transformation, and the Decentering Data Futures from Latin American Startup Ecologies
Anita Say Chan (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Data as Evidence: Towards new ontologies and approaches to provenance
Suneel Jethani (University of Melbourne)
Data Ontology: Semantic Bias in Knowledge Representation Languages
Andrew Iliadis (Temple University)
Making Up People with Data: Dynamic Nominalism and Algorithmic Human Kinds
Reuben Binns (University of Oxford)

Politics of infrastructure and design

Ownership and Distributive Justice in Blockchain-based Value Transfers
Mattis Jacobs (University of Hamburg)
Control and sovereignty via blockchains
Oliver Leistert (Leuphana University)
Is design enough? A worked example of privacy and ethics by design in data technology
David Barnard-Wills, Rachel Finn and Anna Donovan (Trilateral Research)
Data Feminism & Design
Catherine D’Ignazio (MIT) and Lauren Klein (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Exclusion by design: Exploring the links between social, digital and data exclusion
Sora Park (University of Canberra), John Campbell (Australian National University), Justine Humphry, and Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney)

What and whose data?

Of Data, Relationships and Legal Protection
Nadezhda Purtova (Tilburg University)
Use of Non-personal Data in Profiling
Thomas Struett and Elif Sert (Istanbul Bilgi University)
Towards a unifying taxonomy of personal data, data ownership, and digital privacy
Yenn Lee (SOAS)
Varieties of Consumer Credit Data Regimes: Conceptualization and Classification
Inbar Mizrachy Borohovich and David Levi-Faur (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Recording data harms
Joanna Redden (Cardiff University)

Civil society and data

Between data and discrimination. European civil society practices in the context of data-driven technologies
Jedrzej Niklas (London School of Economics)
Understanding the evolution of civil society strategies against new technologies of surveillance and profiling; Or, the art of managing persistent problems against a shifting horizon
Becky Kazansky (University of Amsterdam)
The Danish Labour Movement, Social Media and Big Data Analytics
Torsten Geelan (Leicester University)
Contention and Control: Protest in the age of datafication
Thomas Poell (University of Amsterdam)
Questioning participatory action research (PAR) in an era of datafication
Lynn Schofield Clark (University of Denver)


How to save a home: Housing databases, regeneration, and activism
Tom Keene (Goldsmiths)

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.00

Parallel Sessions E

Data and the environment

Climate Justice and Data Justice: Environmental hackathons and the politics of data
Adrienne Russell (University of Washington) and Matt Tegelberg (University of York)
Nature and networked space: conceptual lessons for data justice from environmental literature
Shazade Jameson (Tilburg University)
Towards an Environmental Data Justice Framework
Lourdes Vera (Northeastern University) and Dawn Walker (University of Toronto)
Algorithmic Integrity, Data Provenance and Land Use in Kenya
James Lowry (Liverpool University)
Planting seeds for a more equitable future: Data governance in agriculture
Rian Wanstreet (University of Washington)

Data, affect and everyday life

Surveillant Anxiety: The Datafication of Affect
Adam Kingsmith (York University)
Feeling datafication: self-tracked ICTs, mirrored digital traces, and affective intensities of data mining
Minna Saariketo (Aalto University)
The Child as a Datafied Citizen? Datafication, Messiness and Algorithmic Inaccuracy in Family Life
Veronica Barassi (Goldsmiths)
Social construction of algorithms: Advocating users within the discourse
Katrin Fritsch (London School of Economics)
Literacy: the best concept for understanding how we make sense of data and its visualisation?
Lulu Pinney (University of Sheffield)

Predicting crime

Predictive Policing as Preemption?
Simon Egbert (University of Hamburg)
New surveillance technologies in Brazil: the policing of social movements
Eduardo Fernandes (Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul/Scuola Normale Superiore)
Justice, Surveillance and Hybrid Policing in Resource Extraction
Julie Uldam (Roskilde University) and Hans Krause Hansen (Copenhagen Business School)
Police Data as Paradox
Stacy Wood (University of Pittsburgh)
Automated justice’: predictive analytics in criminal justice settings
Ales Zavrsnik (Collegium Helveticum Zurich/Institute of Criminology Ljubljana)

Roundtable: Data Justice in the Workplace (co-organised by DATAJUSTICE and Data & Society)

Aiha Nguyen (Data & Society)
Mark Graham (Oxford Internet Institute)
Stefan Baskerville (New Economics Foundation)
Victor Figueroa (International Transit Workers’ Federation)
Christina Colclough (UNI Global Union)


Data Investigations
Fieke Jansen (Cardiff University) and Christo Buschek (independent)

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00

Parallel Sessions F

Data and citizen participation

Datafication of citizen participation in Madrid and Taiwan through Open Source Software-enabled Platforms – towards a better democracy, or a hackable one?
Yu-Shan Tseng (Durham University)
Me, my data and I: The future of the personal data economy
Tom Symons and Theo Bass (Nesta)
Design for data justice: Building civil engagement through participatory technologies
Dawn Walker (University of Toronto)
Enforcing Equal Benefit and Application of the Law: Turning the Tables on Corporate and Government Accountability through Collective Legal Action and Civilian Data Analysis
Joanna Lehrer (J Lehrer Law)
Citizen social science for data justice
Alexandra Albert (University of Manchester)

Data, indigenous communities and activism

Indigenous responses to datafication: Indigenous Data Sovereignty movements
Donna Cormack, Tahu Kukutai, Stephanie Rainie-Carroll, Maggie Walter (Data Sovereignty Network)
Challenging Knowledge-making in the Extractive Zone
Dorothy Kidd (University of San Francisco)
The potential of drones’ monitoring for Indigenous communities at risk
Anna Berti Suman (Tilburg University)
Creating Barriers to Determination of Structurally Cohesive Subgroups
Yasmeen Mussard-Afcari and Adam Eck (Oberlin College)

Political economy of datafication

The political economy of invisible infrastructures
Rasmus Helles, Signe Sophus Lai and Stine Lomborg (University of Copenhagen)
The Limits of Relevance: Location Analytics, Geodemographic Targeting, and the Production of Valuable Subjects
Harrison Smith (Newcastle University)
Costing the Limits of Surveillance: Rethinking Foucault & Deleuze
Greg Elmer (Ryerson University) and Bahar Nasirzaeh (University of York)
Finance and Digital Infrastructure: Tax (and) Climate Considerations
Patrick Brodie (Concordia University)
Doing Time: The Temporalities of Data
Anne Kaun (Södertörn University)


Museum of Random Memory: An experimental, pedagogical and activist research practice for data literacy
Annette Markham, Gabriel Pereira, Sarah Schorr (Aarhus University), Dalida Maria Benfield and Christopher Bratton (Center for Arts, Design & Social Research)


Mining Back: Data Skills for Researching Corporations and Governments
Anna Feigenbaum and Tom Sanderson (Bournemouth University)