Contentious Data, Amsterdam, September 15-16

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On September 15-16, we hosted in Amsterdam the DATACTIVE kick-off workshop. The event brought together scholars and practitioners to explore the politics of big data from the perspective of activism and civil society. The program included a public day, hosted at the University Theatre of the University of Amsterdam, featuring keynotes from Sandra Braman (Texas A&M) and Alison Powell (LSE); a roundtable on the promises and perils of data activism, featuring Linnet Taylor (TILT), Miren Gutierrez (Universidad de Deusto), Hisham Al-Miraat (Digital Rights Morocco) and Lonneke van der Velden (UvA), and moderated by Bodo Balazs (IVIR); and a dialogue between Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures) and Jaromil/Denis Rojo (

Day 2, hosted at the Department of Media Studies, featured three panels, with the participation of Seda Gürses (Princeton University), Melanie Rieback (Radically Open Security), Tijmen Schep (SETUP), Vladan Joler (Share Labs), Emmanuel Didier (CNRS/University of California, Los Angeles), Jennifer Gabrys (Goldsmiths, University of London), Richard Rogers (University of Amsterdam), Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine), and David Berry (University of Sussex). The event was made possible by funding from the European Research Council (ERC), the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS), the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA), and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). A report is in preparation.