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Tuesday, July 28 • 14:46 - 16:15
"Data Economy: Reconstituting the Human"

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Authors: Yasmin Ibrahim and Anotonios Kaniadakis

The dominant rhetoric of information society highlights the construction of a new type of humanity where the consciousness of the human mind is foregrounded through new forms of interactions and assemblages through data. This representation of the human through data shadows and data trails raises renewed challenges for human subjectivity; both in terms of its relationship with technology and with the governing institutions (i.e. the State, corporations, etc.) that constitute the new data economy. In this context, human subjects are amenable to multiple iterations in terms of governance and risks. More specifically, in existential terms, the data economy under which the human resides, could be instead understood as a false economy of free will where the discourses of empowerment are constantly mitigated by a lack of accountability in collecting data. ‘Data consciousness’ survives within the industry standards of ‘notice and consent’ while embedding hidden algorithms behind the screens.

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Yasmin Ibrahim

Reader, Queen Mary, University of London
Digial Humanities, Social media, Ethics and Social Implications of technology
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Antonios Kaniadakis

Lecturer(Assistant Prof), Queen Mary, University of London

Tuesday July 28, 2015 14:46 - 16:15
(7th Floor) Room TRS1-129 (Ted Rogers School of Management) 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

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