“The Political Life of Information” series at the Asian Institute brings together scholars, activists, artists, and other practitioners to reflect on practices of surveillance, data visualization, population management and identification, news and journalism, and the social aspects of algorithms from a perspective based in Asia, but speaking to a broad audience interested in the political ramifications of media and information technology.
This, our second event will focus on the volume, Lives of Data, edited by Sandeep Mertia, a groundbreaking new study mapping the historical and emergent dynamics of big data, computing, and society in India. Data infrastructures are now more global than ever before. In much of the world, new sociotechnical possibilities of big data and artificial intelligence are unfolding under the long shadows cast by infra/structural inequalities, colonialism, modernization, and national sovereignty. This book offers critical vantage points for looking at big data and its shadows, as they play out in uneven encounters of machinic and cultural relationalities of data in India’s socio-politically disparate and diverse contexts.
Link to the Lives of Data volume published by the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam: https://bit.ly/2Pqz9jW
Sandeep Mertia, PhD candidate, Dept. of Media, Culture, and Communication and Urban Doctoral Fellow, New York University
Tong Lam, Associate Professor, Dept. of History, University of Toronto; Acting Director, Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Asian Institute
Sarah Sharma, Director of the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology; Associate Professor of Media Theory at the ICCIT, University of Toronto
Mariana Valverde, Professor Emerita, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto
Francis Cody (Moderator), Director, Dr. David Chu Program in Contemporary Asian Studies; Associate Professor, Asian Institute and Dept. of Anthropology, University of Toronto