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Data Governance: Arguing for Greater Transparency, Accountability and Means for Citizen Interventions

Dr Joanna Redden discusses the implications of the increased use of big data systems and machine learning


IMI Thematic Semester talk

When: Wednesday 11 April 2018, 2.15 - 4pm

Venue: University of Bath, Building 8 West, Room 2.1

Audience: FREE event at the University of Bath, open to all with a ticket


More information is needed about how governments make use of big data systems, specifically how these uses of big data are changing the way governments research, prioritize, and manage public services.

As governments make greater use of big data systems, including machine learning, there are a range of real and potential implications we must be alert to:

  • Citizens become knowable, traceable, and trackable across lifespans, social and professional networks, government interactions and geography in new ways as citizens are transformed into ‘data subjects’ (Ruppert 2016);
  • The collection and maintenance of data about citizens is encouraged;
  • Governments are compelled to link up their datasets, make use of external data points, and share their data internally and externally;
  • More services and decision making processes can be automated and inscrutable; e) new state citizen power dynamics are created as citizens become infinitely ‘knowable’, but have little ability to interrogate how their data is being collected and used;
  • Emphasis shifts from causation to correlation and from prevention to pre-emption, prediction and probability;
  • More public private partnerships and corporate involvement become encouraged, particularly with technology companies, in the management and running of public services.


In combination, these are profound changes in the ways democratic states learn about, engage with and respond to citizens and the information about them. What is needed are more ways for citizens to assess changes in governance and engage with and intervene in changes taking place.

In this talk, Joanna Redden will argue that as governments ‘datafy’ their information systems, the policy process and service administration there is need for greater transparency, accountability and means for meaningful citizen interventions. They will do so by drawing upon two ongoing research projects. The first is an investigation of how big data is being used by government bodies to score citizens and the second is a transnational study of data harms.


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2.15pm Seminar
3.00pm Question and Answer session
3.30pm Refreshments
4.00pm Close


Dr Joanna Redden


Dr Joanna Redden BA (Carleton) MA (Ryerson) MA (Dalhousie) PhD (Goldsmiths)


Dr Joanna Redden is a Lecturer at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on the datafication of governance. She investigates how government information systems and service provision are changing, the democratic implications of changing government practices, how these changes are affecting equality / inequality, as well as data harms. Previous work has investigated the relationships between digital media and poverty politics. Joanna is Co-Director of the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University, UK. She is co-editor of Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data (2015) and author of The Mediation of Poverty: The News, New Media and Politics (2014).


This event is free to attend, but please register by Wednesday 4th April 2018. For further information please email n.fenn@bath.ac.uk or visit the IMI webpage.


This event is part of the IMI Thematic Semester Machine Learning: Algorithms and Ethics and is arranged by both IMI and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath.


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