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PRECONFERENCE: Data and Publics: A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere?

Thu, May 24, 8:30 to 16:30, Hilton Prague, Floor: M, Hercovka

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Despite the growing interest in data and society, relatively little attention has been paid to the implications of a data society for the forms and dynamics of publics and public communication. If the institution of the modern public sphere has always aspired to a degree of autonomy vis-à-vis its critical targets, what happens when its targets – be they government or business entities – begin to actively incite the production of public discourse and then harvest it as data for profit or surveillance? Does the advent of a data society lead to a new structural transformation of the public sphere? This preconference invites scholars to rethink the meaning and practices of publics and public communication in this new data society. Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: transparency of public data privacy of personal data data activism data and governance data and surveillance algorithms and publics algorithms in journalism data as discursive formation data journalism and publics data visualization and public communication big data and deceptions in politics data and the global public sphere.

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