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The decolonial turn in data and technology research: what is at stake and where is it heading?

Couldry, Nick ORCID: 0000-0001-8233-3287 and Ali Mejias, Ulises (2021) The decolonial turn in data and technology research: what is at stake and where is it heading? Information, Communication and Society. ISSN 1369-118X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.1986102

Abstract

This article traces the emergence of a ‘decolonial turn’ in critical technology and data studies that analyzes the transformation of society through data extraction for profit. First, we offer a genealogy of concepts over the last decade from different fields related to this decolonial turn, including work that explores the connection between racism and data. Second, we discuss the commonalities and differences between these approaches and our own proposal, the data colonialism thesis (Couldry & Mejias, 2018, 2019) to clarify how, together, they provide a distinctive take on data and technology. Third, we summarize the most important advantages of the decolonial turn as a transhistorical tool to understand the continuities between colonialism and capitalism. Finally, some wider implications of a decolonial approach to data are explored, and broad theoretical and practical opportunities for resistance are identified.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rics20/current
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 16:57
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2021 10:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/111963

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