and their tactics. The article argues that data activism supports the
emergence of novel epistemic cultures within the realm of civilsociety,
making sense of data as a way of knowing the world and turning it
into a point of intervention and generation of data countercultures.
It offers the notion of data activism as a heuristic tool for the study of
new forms of political participation and civil engagement in the age
of datafication, and explores data activism as an evolving theoretical
construct susceptible to contestation and revision
the private sector and
circulated in ways that may be exploitative, and which should not be demanded as
part of the social contract between citizen and state. If I cannot choose whether to
interact with a particular institution, then that interaction should not involve the
commercial sale of my data.
One instance where we can see this perspective being articulated is in the
recent judgement of India’s supreme court about the national population database
Aadhaar. Civilsociety organisations had complained that commercial enterprises
were able to demand access
concept has been used in dispersed, and
at time contradicting, ways that may hinder digital citizenship research from
informing scholars, civilsociety, and political actors in a coherent way.
Aiming to contribute with a systematization of the concept of digital citizen-
ship and to overcome the abovementioned shortcomings, this article provides a
comprehensive and systematic literature review of the concept of digital citizen-
ship. We systematize the literature by categorizing it according to different defini-
tions of and empirical approaches to digital
a contested realm of data power and the
Mark Coté, Paolo Gerbaudo and Jennifer Pybus10
Themes and Contributions on Politics and Big Data
The following contributions unfold across related themes exploring the data-poli-
tics nexus. First, Carolin Gerlitz and Bernhard Rieder unpack the power-knowl-
edge relations of Big Data as they play out across social media platforms. Second,
Big Data is explored not only as a means of political domination but as a critical
and creative resource that can be utilised in a different direction by civilsociety
, human activity and the role of new technologies in
Arctic societies – regardless of whether this role is a positive or a negative one. The
analysis also provides access to potential forms of civil participation depicted in
science fiction. Again, this offers a chance to reflect on the contemporary models
of civilsociety in a critical or complimentary way.
Science fiction was acknowledged as a separate genre of literature and received
its name in the 1920s, after a publishing category under that name had been
established (Stableford 1978
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done by unspoken convention is dangerous. For instance, the notion that books
with more than two authors will always be known by whoever has the first alpha‑
betical name, et al., and so on. You know, potentially absurd conventions that can
and should be broken up and made explicit.
NS: We have been talking so far only about collaboration among scholars. But now
there are increasingly collaborations with industry, civilsociety actors and so on.
And this raises a whole different set of issues which
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