The Data Power conference will run from 9am on Monday 22nd June to 5.15pm on Tuesday 23rd June. On this page you can find:

  • Keynote abstracts and bios
  • A DRAFT programme (subject to change once registration is closed)
  • Panel details (titles and presenters of papers within panels)

  • Keynote abstracts and bios

    Big Data Disconnects, Mark Andrejevic, Pomona College, USA

    Mark Andrejevic

    Drawing upon ongoing interviews, this presentation explores a series of disconnects between how people think about the ways in which their data is being put to work and the discourses of data mining and predictive analytics. In particular it explores the disconnect between individual conceptions of the value of data and commercial practices of aggregation and sorting; on differing conceptions of the relevance of particular forms of data to different types of decision making; and on the disconnection between expectations of informed consent and the speculative character of data mining. The presentation situates these disconnects within broader concerns about the asymmetrical and opaque character of data mining and the power imbalances associated with control over and access to data gathering and mining platforms.

    BIOGRAPHY: Mark Andrejevic is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College in the US. He is the author of Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched (2004), which applies critical theory to the example of reality TV to explore the changing character and portrayal of surveillance in the digital era. His second book, iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era (2007) examines the deployment of interactive media for monitoring and surveillance in the realms of popular culture, marketing, politics, and war. His third book, Infoglut: How Too Much Information Is Changing the Way We Think and Know, explores the social, cultural, and theoretical implications of data mining and predictive analytics. His work has appeared in a edited collections and in academic journals including Television and New Media; New Media and Society; Critical Studies in Media Communication; Theory, Culture & Society; Surveillance & Society; The International Journal of Communication; Cultural Studies; The Communication Review, and the Canadian Journal of Communication. His current work explores the logic of automated surveillance, sensing, and response associated with drones.

    Kate Crawford, Microsoft Social Media Research Collective, author of numerous articles on big data and Understanding the Internet: Language, Technology, Media, Power (forthcoming) (details to be confirmed)

    Kate Crawford

    The Social Web and Public Value, Jose van Dijck, Comparative Media Studies, University of Amsterdam

    Jose van Dijck

    The 'social Web' is anything but a fixed concept; notions of 'privacy' and 'publicness' are constantly negotiated in the various attempts to shape network sociality. So far, most attention has been devoted to questions regarding privacy - the exploitation of personal data vis-a-vis commercial or government agents. And rightly so: over the past ten years, the norms for privacy have fundamentally shifted as a result of the emerging online ecosystem driven by powerful platforms such as Google and Facebook. Privacy issues have been a bone of contention between platform owners, state regulators, watchdog organizations and lawyers.

    Equally poignant, however, are questions of publicness: how does a data-based social Web transform the public realm - a space where we create public value and define the public good? Questions of publicness are at least as important as questions of privacy, but they often seem less palpable and more diffuse. In this lecture, I want to reflect on the transformation of power relationships between citizens, (state) institutions and corporations in a networked world - a world that is still for the most part structured by (nationally based) institutions, which are increasingly mediated by (corporate) platforms. These platforms do not simply repackage or reroute everyday social traffic, but strongly influence basic relationships and democratic structures in societies. The case of online education will serve to illustrate these transformations.

    The evolution of online sociality in relation to publicness is tightly interwoven with larger narratives of privatization, globalization, commercialization and de-collectivization. It is vital to not just study digital culture as a 'hard' system of technological and economic agents or as 'soft' process of narratives, but as dialectic. Looking at the mutual shaping of platforms, users, and institutions, I try to explain how social media platforms come to propose a certain version of 'public' and how institutions and individual users go on to enact it. These proposals and enactments may be conflicting contestations of what 'public value' actually means. But one of the core questions remains: what happens to public values once former institutional anchors are (partly) incorporated into the data-based infrastructure of the social Web?

    BIOGRAPHY: Jose van Dijck is a professor of Comparative Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her work covers a wide range of topics in media theory, media technologies, social media, television and culture. She is the author of six books, three co-edited volumes and approximately one hundred journal articles and book chapters. Van Dijck served as Chair of the Department of Media Studies from 2002-2006, and was the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam between 2008 and 2012. Her visiting appointments include the Annenberg School for Communication (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA), Massachussetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge USA), and the University of Technology, Sydney (AUS). For more information, see

    'What Your Favourite Katy Perry Shark Says About Your Love Life': algorithms, 'selves', and sensibilities in the big data era, Alison Hearn, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

    Alison Hearn

    While forms of selfhood and self-presentation have long been conditioned by processes of capitalist production, today, individual internet users 'are cast as quasi-automatic relays of a ceaseless information flow' (Terranova, 2014) and the pursuit of meaningful individual 'identity' and processes of 'self-valorization' come to function in an entirely different register; their actual intent, content, or outcome matter little, what matters is that they are pursued, and ceaselessly, relentlessly so. Individual 'sensibilities', forms of self-expression, and sociality online are reduced to 'standing reserves' for the production of value in the new economy of metadata.

    The computational logics and practices of data-mining, which compel a preoccupation with self-presentation and high visibility in individuals and yet simultaneously deny any interest in the content of individual 'selves' per se, has serious implications for the pursuit of 'selfhood', 'humanity' and 'the common'. What is at stake in the relationship between 'self' and 'algorithm'? Have computational logics become coextensive with selfhood, implicating us all in an intensified form of biopolitics and producing what John Cheney-Lippold has called new 'algorithmic identities' controlled by private interests (Cheney Lippold 2011)? Given automated efforts to read data for patterns of human behavior and then shape them via predictive technologies, has selfhood been reconfigured as most profitable when it is perpetually indeterminate, unsettled and anticipatory (MacKenzie 2013)? Has the pursuit of autonomous, self-validating 'interiority' been obviated by these practices? This talk will pursue these questions via an exploration of 3 different inflections of the encounter between forms of identity-seeking, self-presentation, and the passive, proprietary logics of data mining: internet/Facebook quizzes, sentiment analysis, and Google glass technology.

    BIOGRAPHY: Alison Hearn is an associate professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Her research focuses on the intersections of promotional culture, new media, self-presentation, and new forms of labour and economic value. She also writes on the university as a cultural and political site. She has published widely in such journals as Continuum, Journal of Consumer Culture, Journal of Communication Inquiry, and Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, and in edited volumes including The Media and Social Theory, Blowing Up the Brand, and The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture. She is co-author, with Liora Salter, of Outside the Lines: Issues in Interdisciplinary Research (McGill-Queens University Press, 1997).

    Dashboards, Social Media Monitoring and Critical Data Analytics, Richard Rogers, Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam

    Richard Rogers

    Building on Dominique Boullier's call for a third generation social science as well as Nathaniel Tkacz's critique of the desire to control data signals, I would like to discuss in the era of big data how the dashboard has become the dominant mode of display and social media monitoring as predominant analytical practice. As a way forward I propose a critical data analytics that is sensitive to big data critique on the one hand and embraces analytical strategies for the study of Twitter and Facebook with digital methods, making findings and outputting visualisations which are both insightful for (ethical) social research and aware of the hegemony of the graph.

    BIOGRAPHY: Richard Rogers is Department Chair of Media Studies and Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is author most recently of Digital Methods (MIT Press, 2013), winner of the ICA outstanding book award, and Issue Mapping for an Ageing Europe (Amsterdam University Press, 2015), with Natalia Sanchez and Aleksandra Kil. He is Director of the Digital Methods Initiative and the Foundation, known for online mapping tools such as the Issue Crawler and the Lippmannian Device. He has received research grants from the Ford Foundation, Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation, and has worked with such NGOs as Greenpeace International, Human Rights Watch, Association for Progressive Communications, Women on Waves, Carbon Trade Watch and Corporate Observatory Europe.

    From data subjects to digital citizens, Evelyn Ruppert, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London

    Evelyn Ruppert

    By bringing the political subject of data to the centre of concern, I challenge determinist analyses of the Internet that imagine people as passive data subjects and libertarian analyses that imagine them as sovereign subjects. Instead, I attend to how political subjectivities are always performed in relation to sociotechnical arrangements to then think about how subjectivities are brought into being through the Internet. I shift analysis from how we are 'free' or being 'controlled' to the complexities of 'acting' through the Internet by foregrounding citizen subjects not in isolation but in relation to the arrangements of which they are a part. In this way I identify ways of being not simply obedient and submissive but also subversive digital citizens. While usually reserved for high-profile hacktivists and whistle-blowers, I ask, how do subjects act in ways that transgress the expectations of and go beyond specific conventions and in doing so make rights claims about how to conduct ourselves as digital citizens? By focusing on how digital citizens make rights claims through the Internet, I ask, how are their acts also mediated, regulated, and monitored, and how is knowledge generated, ordered, and disseminated through the Internet? I consider both of these concerns as objects of struggle and ones through which we might identify how to otherwise conduct ourselves as digital citizens when we engage with others and act through the Internet.

    BIOGRAPHY: Evelyn Ruppert is a Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change (CRESC) and co-convened a research theme called The Social Life of Methods. She is currently PI of an ERC funded Consolidator Grant project, Peopling Europe: How data make a people (ARITHMUS; 2014-19) and a recently completed ESRC funded project, Socialising Big Data (2013-14). She is also Founding and Editor-in-chief of a new SAGE open access journal, Big Data & Society: Critical Interdisciplinary Inquiries, launched in June 2014. Evelyn is co-author (with Engin Isin) of Being Digital Citizens (2015), which explores how citizens encounter and perform new sorts of rights, duties, opportunities and challenges through the Internet.

    Big Data, Retailing Technologies, and the Public Sphere, Joseph Turow, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennslyvania.

    Joseph Turow

    During the past two decades industrialized societies have witnessed a transformation in the buying and selling of goods. The commercialization of the internet and then the rise of smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices have posed new challenges and opportunities to buyers and sellers. Shoppers have unprecedented ways to look at prices and gain leverage regarding their purchases of products. Merchants with physical stores - where most buying still takes place - have struggled to find profitable models for 'omnichannel' retailing as they confront competition via mobile even in store aisles. Searching for solutions to hypercompetition and better-informed shoppers, many large merchants have seized on using predictive analytics with high-volume, high-velocity data for tailoring personalized relationships and prices to desirable customers with the goal of cultivating their loyalty. The result is an emerging world of media technologies and symbolic forms, hardly studied by academics, that raises questions about surveillance, power asymmetries, privacy and democratic participation in the public sphere.

    Joseph Turow is Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. Professor Turow is an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association and was presented with a Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Communication Association. He has authored nine books, edited five, and written more than 150 articles on mass media industries. His most recent books are Media Today: Mass Communication in a Converging World (Routledge, 2014) and The Daily You: How the New Advertising Industry is Defining Your Identity and Your World (Yale, 2012). In 2010 the University of Michigan Press published Playing Doctor: Television, Storytelling, and Medical Power, a history of prime time TV and the sociopolitics of medicine, and in 2013 it won the McGovern Health Communication Award from the University Of Texas College Of Communication. Other books reflecting current interests are Niche Envy: Marketing Discrimination in the Digital Age (MIT Press, 2006), Breaking Up America: Advertisers and the New Media World (University of Chicago Press, 1997; paperback, 1999; Chinese edition 2004); and The Hyperlinked Society: Questioning Connections in the Digital Age (edited with Lokman Tsui, University of Michigan Press, 2008). Turow's continuing national surveys of the American public on issues relating to marketing, new media, and society have received a great deal of attention in the popular press, as well as in the research community. He has written about these topics for the popular press and has lectured widely. He was awarded a Lady Astor Lectureship by Oxford University. He was invited to give the McGovern Lecture at the University of Texas College of Communication, the Pockrass Distinguished Lecture at Penn State University, and the Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture at Louisiana State University. Turow currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Poetics, and Media Industries. He also has served as the elected chair of the Mass Communication Division of the International Communication Association.

    Draft Programme

    Day 1

    Day 2

    9.30: welcome
    9.45: keynote panel A 9.15: parallel panels 4
    • Theorising Data Power (2)
    • Data Cities
    • Branding, Marketing and Data as Commodity
    • Personal Data and Data Literacy
    • Data, Security, Citizenship, Borders
    11.00: break 10.35: break
    11.30: parallel panels 1
    • Data and Surveillance
    • Data, Markets, Finance, Profit
    • Data Journalism
    • Genealogies of Cognitive Capitalism
    • Politics, Economics, Data
    11.05: parallel panels 5
    • Data Subjects
    • Data in Education
    • Resistance, Agency, Activism
    • Algorithmic Power
    12.50: lunch 12.25: lunch
    1.50: parallel panels 2
    • Data and Governance
    • Theorising Data Power (1)
    • Data, Art, Media
    • The Politics of Open and Linked Data
    1.25: parallel panels 6
    • Data Mining/Extraction
    • Data and Popular Culture
    • The Dataified Self
    • Civic Hacking and Riotous Media
    3.10: break 2.45: break
    3.40: parallel panels 3
    • Visualising DataData Labour
    • Methodological Issues
    • Healthcare Data and Expertise
    3.15: keynote panel C
    5.00 - 6.15: keynote panel B 5.15: END
    6.30: reception

    Panel Details

    1. Data Subjects

    • Jennifer Pybus, University of the Arts London: Data Literacy, Agency and Power
    • Clare Birchall, King's College London: The New Data Subject: Between Transparency and Secrecy in the Digital Age
    • Gary Hall, Coventry University: The Quantified Academic
    • Adrian Mackenzine, Lancaster University: 'Please wait a moment while we refresh your assets': The promise of cognitive computing
    1. Genealogies of Cognitive Capitalism: Decision Support Systems, Design Patterns, Smart Cities

    • Nathaniel Tkacz, University of Warwick: Cognitive Scaffolding and the Data Unconscious: On Decision Support Systems
    • Michael Dieter, University of Warwick: Regimes of Conversion: Historicizing Design Patterns from Architecture to UX
    • Orit Halpern, New School for Social Research, New York: 'Demo or Die': Architecture Machine Group, Responsive Environments, and the 'Neuro-Computational' Complex
    1. Data, security, citizenship, borders

    • Btihaj Ajana, King's College London: Big Data, Big Borders
    • Claudia Aradau and Tobias Blanke, King's College London: The datafication of security: Reasoning, politics, critique
    • John Cheney-Lippold, University of Michigan: Jus Algoritmi: How the NSA Remade Citizenship
    • Will Allen, University of Oxford: What do data accomplish for civil society organizations? The case of migration and social care in the UK
    1. Data and governance

    • Joanna Redden, University of Calgary: Big data and Canadian governance: A qualitative assessment
    • Jonathan Obar, University of Ontario, Institute of Technology and Michigan State University: Data sovreignity through representative data governance: Addressing flawed consumer choice policy
    • Rajao Raoni, Federal University of Minas Gerais: The social life of governmental data: The role of aggregation level and timeliness on the impact of data transparency interventions in environmental policy-making
    • Jonathan Foster and Angela Lin, University of Sheffield: Data power and the digital economy: Actual potential and virtual
    1. Data and Surveillance

    • Jeremy Crampton, University of Kentucky: Big Data as Biography: Surveillance and Privacy in the Age of the Algorithm
    • Lina Denick, Jonathan Cable and Arne Hintz, Cardiff University: Political activism and anti-surveillance resistance: responses to the Snowden leaks
    • Stefan Larsson, Lund University Internet Institute: Surveillance, trust, and big data - The socio-legal relevance of online traceability
    • Clive Norris, University of Sheffield and Xavier L'Hoiry, University of Leeds: Access denied! Exercising access rights in Europe
    1. Resistance, agency, activism

    • Evan Light, Mobile Media Lab, Concordia University: Exerting privacy through ethical standards and shareholder activism: New strategies for resistance
    • Stefania Milan, University of Amsterdam: The big data hide and seek: Theorizing data activism
    • Dan McQuillan, University of London: Data Luddism
    • Nancy Thumim, University of Leeds: (How) do women resist the power of big data?
    1. Data journalism

    • W. Anderson, College of Staten Island (CUNY): Empirical Passions, Empirical Power: The Long History of Data Journalism
    • Jonas Andersson Schwarz, MKV, Sodertorn University, Stocholm, Sweden: Remediation isn't the remedy: Social media bias and broken promises of data representativness
    • Liliana Bounergu, Jonathan Gray and Tommaso Venturini [Universities?]: Narrating networks of power: Narrative structures of network analysis for journalism
    • Raul Ferrer Conill, Karlstad University: Quantifying journalism: A critical study of big data within journalism practice
    1. Methodological issues

    • Tomas Ariztia, Universidad Diego Portales: Challenges for an ethnographic approach to Big Data: Bringing experiments into the fieldwork
    • Evelien D'Heer, iMinds-MICT-Ghent University & Pieter Verdegem, Ghent University: The construction of Twitter databases. Empirical case studies on the socio-technical meaning of Twitter data as a research tool
    • Andrew Herman, Wilfrid Laurier University: Ethics as method in an era of 'big data': Epistemology, ontology and politics after the Facebook Emotional Contagion experiment
    • Emily Gray and Stephen Farrall, University of Sheffield, and Will Jennings, Southampton University: Big small data: Using multiple longitudinal datasets to explore dramatic social and economic change
    1. Civic hacking and riotous media

    • Stefan Baack and Tamara Witschge, University of Groningen: Civic hacking: Re-imagining civic engagement in datafied publics
    • Juliane Jarke, University of Bremen: Open government data practices: The example of civic hacking
    • Stevie Docherty, University of Glasgow: Data-basing: Earthing, Storing and Exploring Riotous Media
    1. Data, markets, finance, profit

    • Jo Bates and Paula Goodale, University of Sheffield: Open weather data and the financialisation of climate change
    • Tero Karppi, State University of New York at Buffalo and Kate Crawford, Microsoft Research: Twitter, financial markets and hack crash
    • Bernhard Reider, University of Amsterdam and Gernot Reider, IT University of Copenhagen: On digital markets, data, and concentric diversification
    • Linnet Taylor, University of Amsterdam: In the name of Development: Power, profit and the datafication of the global South
    1. Theorising data power (1)

    • Vassilis Charitsis, Karlstad University: Self-quantification and the dividuation of life: A Deleuzian approach
    • Gregory Seigworth, Millersville University: Data trac(k)ing the affective unconscious: The body the blood the machine
    • Stuart Shaw, University of Leeds: Critiquing the ontological grounding of big data: A Heidiggerian perspective
    • Adam Fish, Lancaster University: Data mirroring: Anonymous videos, political mimesis, and the praxis of conflict
    1. Theorising data power (2)

    • Josh Cowls and Ralph Schroeder, Oxford Internet Institute: Big Data and Power: What's New(s)
    • Tami Oliphant and Kendall Roark, University of Alberta: Reframing data intensive scholarship: A critique of the digital information system
    • Minna Ruckenstein and Mika Pantzar, University of Helsinki: The dataist self: Epistemological foundations and social positionings
    • Philippe Useille, Universite de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambresis, France: Why do data speak for themselves? A theoretical perspective
    1. Algorithmic power

    • Neal Curtis, University of Auckland: The Pattern of Power: Capital, Information and Ubiquitous Media
    • Jake Goldfein and Andrew Kenyon, University of Melbourne: Profiling as data power: Addressing algorithmic knowledge
    • Misha Kavka, University of Auckland: From words to numbers: Redefining the public
    • Jonathan Roberge, Institut National de la Recherce Scientifique and Thomas Crosbie, University of Maryland College Park: Deep sight: The rise of algorithmic visuality in the age of big data
    1. Data cities

    • Gregory Donovan, Fordham University: Canaries in the Data Mine: Young People, Property, and Power in the 'Smart' City
    • Rob Kitchin, Tracey Lauriault, and Gavin McArdle, National University of Ireland Maynooth: The politics of urban indicators, benchmarking, and dashboards
    • Alison Powell, London School of Economics and Political Science: Brokerage: Mediating datafication, citizenship and the City
    • Gunes Tavmen, Birbeck, University of London: Digital media in the City: The nature and limits of 'open data' and 'citizen participation' in a Smart City
    1. Branding, marketing and data as commodity

    • Adam Arvidsson, University of Milano: Facebook: The Branding Machine
    • Mara Einstein, Queens College, City University of New York: Big Data meets Content Marketing: How analytics are reshaping marketing messages
    • David Nieborg, University of Amsterdam and Massachusetts Institute of Technology: User acquisition: The rise of the data commodity
    • Jeremy Shtern, Ryerson University and Tamara Shepherd, London School of Economics and Political Science: Social media marketers and the limits of data
    1. Data and popular culture

    • Maria Eriksson, Umea University, Sweden: When artistry is turned into data
    • Leslie M. Meier, University of Leeds and Vincent R. Manzerolle, University of Windsor (Canada): Forced 'gifts' and mandatory permissions: Digital property, data capture, and the new music industry
    • Robert Prey, Simon Fraser University: Musica analytica: Music streaming services and big data
    • Jennifer R. Whitson, University of Waterloo: Measured success: Game developers' strategic use of big data
    1. Data in education

    • Franziska Florack and Abigail Gilmore, University of Manchester: Data-driven decision making in the education and cultural sectors: A comparison
    • Lyndsay Grant, University of Bristol: Enacting the child in school through data technologies
    • Greg Thompson, Murdoch University: What is a data event? The affects of large-scale assessments in schooling
    • Ben Williamson, University of Sterling: Knowing schools: Data power in the governing of education
    1. The dataified self

    • Aristea Fotopoulou, Lancaster University: Training to self-care: the power and knowledge of fitness data
    • Suneel Jethani, University of Melbourne: Where is the locus of 'truth' in personal metrics?
    • Spencer Revoy, Queen's University, Canada: (My) data (my) double: On the need for a positive biopolitical understanding of data
    • Kate Weiner, University of Sheffield; Catherine Will, University of Sussex, and Flis Henwood, University of Brighton: The domestication of self-monitoring devices: Beyond data practices?
    1. Healthcare data and expertise

    • Julie Frizzo-Barker and Peter Chow-White, Simon Fraser University: Privacy without guarantees: Healthcare and genomics in the age of Big Data
    • Nina Honkela, Eeva Berglund and Minna Ruckenstein, University of Helsinki: Towards a view of health expertise as collective imagining: Self-tracking and the co-construction of interiority and externality in Finnish health care organisations
    • Sabine Thuermel, Technische Universitat Munchen, Munich, Germany: Responsible innovations in big data systems
    • Chris Till, Leeds Beckett: Tracking productive subjects: Corporate wellness programmes, self-tracking and control through data
    1. The politics of open and linked data

    • James Pamment, University of Texas at Austin: 'Publish once, use often': The ambiguous goals of aid transparency advocacy
    • Lindsay Piorer, Krisine Gloria, and Dominic Difranzo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: as hegemony: The politics of linked data formats
    • Heather Ford, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford: The rise of the Knowledge Base: The construction and flow of factual data in the age of user-generated content
    • Jonathan Gray, Royal Holloway, University of London and Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam: The Politics of Open Data
    1. Visualising data

    • Helen Kennedy, University of Sheffield; Rosemary Lucy Hill, University of Leeds; William Allen, University of Oxford, and Giorgia Aiello, University of Leeds: What can a visualization do? Power and the visual representation of data
    • Christopher Wood, Queen Mary, University of London: Emotional data visualizations in public space: A critical overview
    • Dave Moats, Goldsmiths College: Clicktivism and the quantitifcation of participation: Studying anti-nuclear activists on Facebook with quanti-quali visualisations
    • Anna Feigenbaum, Bournemouth University: Data Stories: Visualising Sensitive Subjects
    1. Data labour

    • Goran Bolin, Sodertorn University: Report from the factory floor: Big data, audience labour and perceptions of media use
    • Alessandro Gandini, Middlesex University, London and Alessandro Caliandro, University of Milan: Reputation cultures and data production: a critical approach to Online Reputation Systems
    • Christopher O'Neill, University of Melbourne: The quantified worker in the age of austerity
    • Kenneth Werbin, Wilfrid Laurier University and Ian Reilly, Concordia University: (H)ello alternatives? Terms of service, datafication, and digital labour
    1. Data mining/extraction

    • Carlos Barreneche, Universidad Javeriana: Platform Specificity and the Politics of Location Data Extraction
    • Jockum Hilden, University of Helsinki: Incompatible perceptions of privacy: implications for data protection regulation
    • Ingrid Hoofd, Utrecht University, Netherlands: Data-mining research and the accelerated disintegration of Dutch society
    • Laurens Naudts and Jef Ausloos, University of Leuven (ICRI/CIR - iMinds): Erasing discrimination in data mining, who would object? - Is a paradigmatic shift from data protection principles necessary to tackle discrimination in data mining?
    1. Personal data and data literacy

    • Nora Draper, University of New Hampshire: The Promise of Small Data: Regulating individual choice through access to personal information
    • Tuukka Lehtiniemi, Institute for Information Technology: The calculative power over personal data
    • Zara Rahman, Centre for Internet and Human Rights at European University Viadrina: The power of understanding data
    • Laurence Claeys, Tom Seymoens and Jo Pierson, VUB-iMinds-SMIT: Users and inferred data in online social networks: Countering power imbalance by revealing inference mechanisms
    1. Data, art, media

    • Graham Harwood, Goldsmiths, University of London: Database addiction
    • Charlotte Webb, University of the Arts, London: Artistic appropriation as data power
    • Eddy Borges-Rey, University of Sterling: Framing discourse on big data: Online coverage of the big data revolution by British newspapers
    • Ben Light, Queensland University of Technology: Locative data and public sexual cultures
    1. Politics, economics, data

    • Mika Pantzar, Helsinki University: Evolution of the data economy: Lessons from early railroad history seen through the lenses of general evolution
    • Andrew McStay, Bangor University: Conceiving empathic media and outlining stakeholder interests (with some surprising results)
    • Alexander Fink, University of Minnesota, School of Social Work and Youth Studies: The Open Knowledge Podcast: The political economy of data in collective impact strategies