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An all-day workshop in New York City to interrogate the colonial logic behind global, data-driven governance.
Data-driven governance conjures a world where all aspects of life can be tracked, measured, and rendered as data. In response to this extractive social order, we call for a data retreat.
To retreat is a collective gift of time and space. To retreat is to put our data behind us and foreground our messy societal context; to move at scales and tempos determined not by computer processing time, but by living, breathing bodies. The purpose of this retreat is to braid a network of critical thinkers interrogating data colonialism and imagining data justice informed by relational reciprocity. We aim to hold a space of encounter where a constellation of differently situated practitioners can exchange strategies and weave heterotopic research threads. The day will allow participants to present works and locate their knowledge practice in a mutually beneficial and constructive environment.
This is the second in a series of convenings hosted through #unsettle, a program at Data & Society that reorients research on data-driven worlds to center Indigenous, Black, Feminist, and Queer cosmologies. We frame current developments in sociotechnical systems through the lens of decolonial, feminist praxis, and aim to unsettle existing research methods by thinking through technology’s myriad relationships to the historical, unfinished, and everyday effects of empire.