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“Data philosopher” – Geoffrey Bowker

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Dr. Jonathan Gray is Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, where he is currently writing a book on data worlds. He is also Cofounder of the Public Data Lab; and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam) and the médialab (Sciences Po, Paris). More about his work can be found at jonathangray.org and he tweets at @jwyg.

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Dr. Jonathan Gray is Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London (KCL) where he is currently writing a book on Data Worlds: The Politics of Open and Public Data in the Digital Age. His work explores the role of digital data and methods as sites of contestation, invention, intervention and participation in the composition of collective life, drawing on a blend of science and technology studies, new media studies, critical theory and philosophy. His research has been published in journals such as Big Data and Society; New Media and Society; Information, Communication & Society; Statistique et Société and Digital Journalism. At KCL he teaches courses on the politics of data, critical data practice, digital methods, data journalism, data activism  and visual methods. He is on the board of KCL’s Centre for Digital Culture.

He is also Co-Founder of the Public Data Lab; Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam; Research Associate at the médialab at Sciences Po (founded by Bruno Latour); and Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University. Previously he was Prize Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath, a Postdoctoral Researcher on the European Research Council funded DATACTIVE project at the University of Amsterdam. He previously studied Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, Social Sciences at the Open University and completed his PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London.

In addition to his academic work, Jonathan has founded and co-founded numerous initiatives, including the Data Journalism Handbook, Open Data for Tax Justice and The Public Domain Review. He is Senior Advisor at the global civil society organisation Open Knowledge International and on the Advisory Board of the LSE Impact Blog at the London School of Economics and Political Science and of the Fair Tax Mark, a non-profit initiative dedicated to promoting tax transparency and fairness. He is also on the steering committee for MediArXiv, an open access archive for research in media, film, and communication studies. He is a contributor to The Guardian, Open Democracy and other outlets. More about his work can be found at jonathangray.org and he tweets at @jwyg.