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How data does political things: The processes of encoding and decoding data are never neutral.

Johnson, Jeffrey Alan (2015) How data does political things: The processes of encoding and decoding data are never neutral. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (07 Oct 2015). Website.

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Abstract

It is difficult to see the political structure of data, because data maintains a veneer of scientistic objectivity. But data is inherently a form of politics, argues Jeffrey Alan Johnson. Data does not just allocate material things of value, it allocates moral values as well. Data producers encode a state of the world at a given time, which is then decoded by data users to shape social practice. As such, a political theory of data, grounded in distributive and relational information justice, is necessary.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 10:52
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 23:23
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/70890

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