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Mile End Institute: Data Rights - Subjects or Citizens?

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Arts One Lecture Theatre

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Data and politics are now inseparable: data is not only shaping our social relations, preferences and life chances but our very democracies.

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This event will discuss how the exponential accumulation of data from everyday online and offline activities raises tensions about who has the rights to produce and own such data.

The panel will feature three speakers from a recently published book edited by Didier Bigo, Engin Isin, and Evelyn Ruppert (2019). Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects, Rights.

Chair: Professor Engin Isin, Queen Mary University of London

Engin Isin was a professor of social science (1996-2002) and Canada Research Chair (2002-2006) at York University, and a professor of politics at The Open University (2007-2016) before joining QMUL as Professor in International Politics in 2017.

His research and teaching focus on doing international politics: the ways in which people constitute themselves as actors or subjects of international politics through performances, movements, and struggles.

Engin is a chief editor of Citizenship Studies and is the editor of a book series Frontiers of the Political with Rowman & Littlefield International.

Professor Elspeth Guild, Queen Mary University of London

Elspeth Guild is Jean Monnet Professor at Queen Mary University of London as well as at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. She is also a partner at the London law firm, Kingsley Napley and a visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges.

Her interests and expertise lies primarily in the area of EU law, in particular EU Justice and Home Affairs (including immigration, asylum, border controls, criminal law and police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters). She also researches EU privacy and data protection law and the nexus with human rights.

Elspeth is co-editor of the book series Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in Europe published by Martinus Nijhoff.

Professor Jennifer Gabrys, University of Cambridge

Jennifer Gabrys is Chair in Media, Culture and Environment at the University of Cambridge and previously, she was Professor in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Since 2013, she has been the Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded project ‘Citizen Sense’ a pioneering investigation into the public engagement with environmental sensing technologies and citizen-data generation in both urban and rural locations in the US and the UK. The project has received multiple awards, including the John Ziman award for public engagement in science and technology awarded by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) in 2018.

Professor Didier Bigo, Sciences Po and King’s College London

Didier Bigo is professor of International Political Sociology at Sciences Po, Paris, France and part time professor at King’s College London, department of War studies research. He is the director of the Centre for study of Conflicts, Liberty and Security (CCLS) and editor of the quarterly journal in ‘Cultures & Conflicts’ published by l’Harmattan.

He is one of the co-editors of the PARISS (Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences) journal, as well as founder and previous co-editor with Rob Walker of the ISA journal International Political Sociology.

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