#bigdatasur in Cartagena, July 15

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The DATACTIVE crew is proud to present 'Big Data from the South/desde el Sur', a one-day conference interrogating the mythology and universalism of datafication and big data from an epistemology of the South perspective. The event is co-organized by myself with Emiliano Trerè (Scuola Normale Superiore), and sponsored by DATACTIVE with Fundacion Karisma (Bogotà, Colombia). What will we discuss? In a nutshell: Critical scholarship has exposed how big data brings along new and opaque regimes of population management, control, and discrimination. Building on this scholarship, the pre-conference engages in a dialogue with traditions that critique the dominance of Western approaches to datafication that do not recognize the diversity of the Global South. Moving from datafication to data activism, this event will examine the diverse ways through which citizens and the organized civil society in the Global South engage in bottom-up data practices for social change as well as resistance to “dark” uses of big data that increase oppression and inequality.

Check out the program, and stay tuned for the next steps in this exciting and much needed conversation. Special thanks go to Guillen Torres (DATACTIVE) for providing key organizational support, to Amparo Cadavid (Uniminuto), the local committee of IAMCR and Universidad Tecnological Bolivar for making the space available.