Civic Participation in the Datafied Society| Civic Participation in the Datafied Society—Introduction

Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Joanna Redden, Emiliano Trere


As data collection and analysis are increasingly deployed for a variety of both commercial and public services, state–citizen relations are becoming infused by algorithmic and automated decision making. Yet as citizens, we have few possibilities to understand and intervene into the roll-out of data systems, and to participate in policy and decision making about uses of data and artificial intelligence (AI). This introductory article unpacks the nexus of datafication and participation, reviews some of the editors’ own research on this subject, and provides an overview of the contents of the Special Section “Civic Participation in the Datafied Society.”


datafication, data justice, critical data studies, participation, citizenship

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