Van Doorn Lecture #3 | An experiment in citizen data
Controversies over Facebook data breaches and election influencing of Cambridge Analytica along with claims about alternative facts make it a challenging situation to present a research experiment that involves designing an app for citizen engagement.
However, Ruppert argues that this vulnerable and precarious state of digital technologies provides openings for reimagining relations between states and citizens in the production of knowledge and statistics.
Through an account of a design experiment, she offers sociotechnical imaginaries that explore the democratic possibilities of different data futures. The account draws on research funded by a European Research Council funded project, Peopling Europe: How data make a people (ARITHMUS).
Professor Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths, University of London) has been Honorary Van Doorn Chair at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a Van Doorn Fellow at NIAS since February this year. Delivering the Van Doorn Lecture is the closing of her stay. The Van Doorn Lecture will be part of the Dag van de Sociologie but can be attended separately.