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DATA POWER: global in/securities

A two-day, international conference

Date: Thursday 12th and Friday 13th SEPTEMBER 2019

Venue: University of Bremen, Germany

With increasingly globalized digital infrastructures and a global digital political economy, we face new concentrations of power, leading to new inequalities and insecurities with respect to data ownership, data geographies and different data-related practices.  It is not only a concentration of power by a few corporations, but also a concentration of the availability of data in individual regions of the world. This includes (exerting) power about data (infra)structures and processes of data creation, data collection, data access, data processing, data interpretation, data storing, data visualisations.  

The Global in/securities theme of the 2019 Data Power conference attends to questions around these phenomena, asking: How does data power further or contest global in/securities? How are global in/securities constructed through or against data? How do civil society actors, government, people engage with societal and individual in/securities through and with data? What are appropriate ontologies to think about data and persons? How may we envisage a just data society? And what does decolonizing data in/securities look like?

This conference creates a space to reflect on these and other critical issues relating to data’s in/security and its decolonizing. Confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Jack Linchuan Qiu, Chinese University Hongkong;

  • Seeta Peña Gangadaran, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK;

  • Nimmi Rangaswamy, Indian Institute of Information Technology, IIIT, Hyderabad, India.

Papers and panels are invited on the following – and other relevant – topics:

  • Big data and humanitarianism

  • Big/open data, corruption and public debt

  • ‘Good’ data, data justice and well-being

  • Critical, theoretical and feminist approaches to data in/securities

  • Data activism, citizen engagement, indigenous data sovereignty and open data

  • Data journalism and rhetorics of data visualization in a global perspective

  • Data-driven governance and open data

  • Securitization and militarization of data infrastructures

  • Data, discrimination and inequality

  • Emerging in/securities through algorithms and automated decision-making

  • Forensic data, human rights and refugees

  • Decolonizing data in/securities and data labor

  • Machine learning, developmentalism and human security


is now open until September 9, 2019

Registration is now open until September 9, 2019: Please follow this link.

The conference fee is 200 Euro, and 100 Euro for students.

There will be travel grants for participants from the global south and PhD student fee waivers. In case you would like to apply for a grant, please send your request to datapower2019protect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de before your register via the registration system, but no later than May 15, 2019, 23:59 CET. The application should include an explanation why you need financial support in order to attend the conference.

The delegate registration fee includes access to conference sessions, lunch imbiss and refreshments. The fee does not include travel costs and accommodation. For accommodation suggestions, visit the location page on our website.

Cancellation Policy

Should you wish to cancel your conference booking in advance of the date of the conference, notice should be sent to the University in written form as soon as possible. If you would like to cancel, the following percentage of the registration fee is refundable:

Notice periodPercentage of refundable fee
deadline August 15, 2019100%
deadline August 22, 201950%
deadline August 28, 201925%
after August 28, 20190%
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