'Big Data' from the South

How would datafication look like seen... ‘upside down’? What questions would we ask if we adopt a ‘Southern’ perspective? What concepts, theories, and methods would we embrace or have to devise? What do we miss if we stick to the Western perspective? This new project is a cooperation between myself, Emiliano Treré (Cardiff University) and Anita Say Chan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

It all started with a call for papers to join Emiliano and I for a one-day event titled Big Data from the South: From media to mediations, from datafication to data activism, on July 15, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia, right before the annual conference of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Over fifty between academics, activists and practitioners joined us for a full day of amazing exchange.

Collectively decided to start a dedicated blog, featuring weekly guest posts exploring various aspects of 'Big Data from the South', and a mailing list.

Watch this space for the next steps!

Check out my presentation of 'Big Data from the South' (in Spanish) at the Move.net congress (Sevilla, 26 October 2017)