Outnumbered! Statistics, Data and the Public Interest @ CRASSH, Cambridge [1 June]

Outnumbered! Statistics, Data and the Public Interest


44
01
June
11:30 - 15:30

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CRASSH
Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
This event is free and open to all, booking is essential in order to receive the pre-circulated reading.

A workshop at CRASSH on the uses of number, in and against the public interest: past, present and future.

This event is organised by the ‘Technology and Democracy’ project and will bring historical and contemporary perspectives to bear on the question of how the public interest is to be determined in a world increasingly under the rule of number, data and quantification.

Collecting information about the public has often caused controversy, but it has usually been understood as a form of exchange. As this information takes increasingly numerical form, the nature of this quid pro quo – who gets what from the exchange – has become more and more opaque. Who has the right to collect and organise public information, to control access to it now and into the future?

As a greater number of private entities accumulate statistical information, this workshop aims to investigate the shifting boundary of the public and the private spheres. We will ask how the processes of counting and enumerating people have helped to produce specific political forms of government and economic forms of business. And specifically, we will examine the ways in which claims of a public interest have been used to justify the collection of such information, from censuses to digital data trails.

Panellists, speakers and respondents will approach the question using case studies from the history of insurance and medical surveillance, neoliberalism and official statistics, as well as electoral political strategies, and will include William Davies (Goldsmiths), Liz McFall (Open) and Glen O’Hara (Oxford Brookes).

There will be a (short) pre-circulated reading for attendees upon registration (free) and a sandwich lunch.
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