Category Archives: advocacy

Gathering data on hate crimes against East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) people in the UK

I’ve been working with anti-racism campaign group End Violence and Racism Against East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) Communities to help gather and examine data on hate crimes against ESEA people in the UK. This work was recently featured in several national and regional news pieces by ITV – focusing on almost a 50% rise in […]

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How might the Global Data Barometer promote critical engagements with data infrastructures?

The following is cross-posted from the Global Data Barometer. I’ll be helping to advise the project drawing on my research on the politics of open and public data, including Data Worlds. I’m delighted to be joining the Global Data Barometer project. My role will be to help to review, write-up and reflect on the implications […]

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Happy 10th Birthday Public Domain Review!

Today is the 10th birthday of the Public Domain Review, which I co-founded along with its editor Adam Green. As per its mission statement the review is “dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas – focusing on works now fallen into the public domain, the […]

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An open letter and open questions about the COVID19 datastore

I’ve co-signed an open letter with some open questions on the COVID19 datastore along with a group of researchers and of civil society organisations. The letter is copied below. The original version can be found here. Associated coverage and posts can be found at The New Statesman, The Register, Computer Weekly, IT Pro, Hollyrood and […]

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New Course on “Data Activism” at King’s College London

This academic year we’ve got a new graduate course on “data activism” at King’s College London, which I’ve been teaching this semester. The course supports students to critically engage with emerging practices associated with data activism, drawing on perspectives from science and technology studies, (new) media studies and data studies. Along with other readings, it […]

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Abstract for “Fog of Finance? Visualising Offshore and the Aesthetics of Uncertainty” at MoneyLab #6, University of Siegen

Following is the abstract for our contribution on “The Fog of Finance? Visualising Offshore and the Aesthetics of Uncertainty” at the upcoming MoneyLab #6: Infrastructures of Money hosted by the Institute of Network Cultures and the University of Siegen. This is based on a collaboration between the Tax Justice Network, the University of Sussex, Density Design and the […]

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New Book Chapter: “Making Data Public? The Open Data Index as Participatory Device” in Good Data (Amsterdam, Institute of Network Cultures: 2019)

A book chapter on “Making Data Public? The Open Data Index as Participatory Device” co-authored with Danny Lämmerhirt has just been published in a new open access book on Good Data. The book is part of the Theory on Demand series of the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, founded by media theorist and activist […]

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New Article: “Data Infrastructure Literacy”, Big Data & Society

An article on “Data infrastructure literacy” that I co-authored with with Carolin Gerlitz and Liliana Bounegru has just been published in Big Data & Society. The abstract and full reference for the article are copied below. The article is open access and you can download the PDF here. Data infrastructure literacy Jonathan Gray, Carolin Gerlitz, […]

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New Project: “Save Our Air”

Today the Public Data Lab is launching its Save Our Air project, which explores how data can be used to attend to and assemble people around different aspects of air pollution. As well as focusing on how data can represent air pollution levels in the context of science and policy, it looks at how “situating […]

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“The Social Lives of Digital Methods: Encounters, Experiments, Interventions” – Call for Participation in Digital Methods Winter School 2018, University of Amsterdam, 8-12th January 2018

The call for the Digital Methods Winter School 2018 at the University of Amsterdam is out now. This year’s theme is “The Social Lives of Digital Methods: Encounters, Experiments, Interventions”. I was kindly invited by Richard Rogers, Founder of the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam (where I’m also a Research Associate) to […]

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