Ecrea Pre-Conference: Datafied Welfare States
Activity: Participating in an event - types › Organisation of and participation in conference
Sofie Flensburg - Member of organizing or programme committee
Signe Sophus Lai - Member of organizing or programme committee
Stine Lomborg - Member of organizing or programme committee
Christina Neumayer - Member of organizing or programme committee
Jannie Møller Hartley - Member of organizing or programme committee
Following this “paradigm shift” in the provision of public services and social welfare (Dencik & Kaun 2020), the pre-conference discusses the growing reliance on data-driven and algorithmic systems across sectors and institutions (Yeung 2018; Eubanks 2018). We are particularly interested in the extensive use of commercially supplied services and in the growing reliance on big tech companies who provide the underlying infrastructure for a wide range of societal functions. Amazon and Microsoft are, for instance, dominant actors in the provision of cloud solutions to public databases and services, while entire app ecologies rely on Google’s third-party services and developer tools. Focusing on the consequences of this inherent and hidden commercialization, the pre-conference welcomes contributions that enquire into the potential conflicts of interests and clashes between market logics and welfare ideologies.
The pre-conference, in other words, seeks to understand the nature of emergent data welfare states (Andreasen et al. 2021) and to critically assess how and why mechanisms of datafication and commodification are being built into the architecture of contemporary welfare states and democracies. It enquires into technical, ethical, and political choices that are made when digital technologies are implemented; the degrees and possibilities of citizen surveillance and data governance; the market structures and political economies around datafied welfare services and sectors; and the material infrastructures that undergird the datafication of the welfare state.
The pre-conference welcomes contributions on, but not limited to:
- Datafication processes and challenges in key welfare sectors (e.g., healthcare, education, social services, policing, media, etc.)
- Conflicts and clashes between welfare ideologies and commercial logics of big tech
- Historical analyses of public datafication processes
- Theoretical discussions on datafication and democracy
- Case studies of e.g., Covid-19 strategies
- Digital public infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships
The ECREA pre-conference is arranged by the Communication & Democracy section, the ERC-funded Datafied Living project and the Data Publics project, funded by the Velux Foundation. The pre-conference is in hybrid format and both speakers and listeners can choose to participate in person or online. Participation is free of charge, but seats are limited, and registration is mandatory.
|Conference||Ecrea Pre-Conference: Datafied Welfare States|
|Location||Department of Communication, University of Copenhagen|
|Period||18/10/2022 → 18/10/2022|