Title: Data activism: The politics of big data according to civil society (DATACTIVE)
Keywords: big data, massive data collection, social movements, empowerment, resistance, surveillance
Description: The project investigates civil society’s engagement with massive data collection, addressing three main research questions: How do citizens resist massive data collection by means of technical fixes (re-active data activism)? How do social movements use big data to foster social change (pro-active data activism)? How does data activism affect the dynamics of transnational civil society, and transnational advocacy networks in particular? The project adopts a multidisciplinary conceptual framework integrating social movement studies, science and technology studies and international relations. It analyzes organizational forms, action repertoires and the enabling role of software in data activism, and identifies emerging structures and strategies of transnational advocacy networks. Data are collected via qualitative and computational methods.
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Project team: Becky Kazansky, Corinne Cath, Frederike Kaltheuner, Jonathan Gray, Kersti Wissenbach, Lonneke van der Welden, Mahsa Alimardani, Niels Ten Oever
Funding: European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (ERC-StG-2014_639379-DATACTIVE)
Running time: 2015-2021