21/5/2018 - 22/5/2018

Data Justice 2018 (Cardiff, UK)


An international conference exploring research on, and practices of, social justice in an age of datafication.

The collection and processing of massive amounts of data has become an increasingly contentious issue. Our financial transactions, communications, movements, relationships, all now generate data that are used to profile and sort groups and individuals. With the platformisation of digital media alongside governmental and corporate uses of citizen data, developments in AI, the Internet of Things, smart homes and smart cities, the systematic collection and analysis of massive data sets across our social life is being normalised and entrenched – what has been described as the ‘datafication’ of society.

With the emergence of this data paradigm comes a new set of power dynamics requiring investigation and critique. Whilst promises of value-neutral information and possibilities for prediction are said to advance better responses to a range of social problems, they may also have serious implications for social and economic inclusion, autonomy, basic freedoms, and established notions of ethics, trust, accountability, governance and citizenship.

What are the implications for social justice? How do we understand social justice in an age of datafication? In what way do initiatives around the globe address questions of data in relation to inequality, discrimination, power and control? What is the role of policy reform, technological design and activism? How do we understand and practice ‘data  justice’? How does data justice relate to other justiceconcerns?

This conference will examine the intricate relationship between datafication and social justice by highlighting the politics and impacts of data-driven processes and exploring different responses. Hosted by the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC), it will bring together international scholars, practitioners, and activists to engage with data from a social justice perspective. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anita Gurumurthy (IT for Change, India)
  • David Lyon (Queen's University, Canada)
  • Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths, UK)
  • Rob Kitchin (Maynooth University, Ireland)
  • Sasha Costanza-Chock (Civic Media at MIT, US)
  • Seeta Peña Gangadharan (London School of Economics, UK)
  • Solon Barocas (Cornell University, US and FAT/ML)

The conference will combine academic papers with hands-on workshops relating to methods of investigation, policy and design.

Find out more on the event page here.