special issue of @bigdatasoc on data and agency

I was very excited to see this, though on a quick scan through I could see various bits I wasn’t overly impressed with. Still required reading though:

Guest Editors:
Helen Kennedy, University of Sheffield
Thomas Poelle, University of Amsterdam
José van Dijck, University of Amsterdam

This special theme explores the location of agency in the massive flows of data circulating between devices, institutions, industries and users. Because Big Data facilitates new regimes of governance, control and discrimination, the special theme creates a space to reflect on alternative forms of Big Data, forms which enable small-scale public organisations and community groups to act with agency in the face of the rising significance of data.

Forensic devices for activism: Metadata tracking and public proof
Lonneke van der Velden
Big Data & Society, Nov 2015, DOI: 10.1177/2053951715612823

Known or knowing publics? Social media data mining and the question of public agency
Helen Kennedy & Giles Moss
Big Data & Society, Oct 2015, DOI: 10.1177/2053951715611145

 Heuristics of the algorithm: Big Data, user interpretation and institutional translation
Göran Bolin & Jonas Andersson Schwarz
Big Data & Society, Oct 2015, DOI: 10.1177/2053951715608406

 Datafication and empowerment: How the open data movement re-articulates notions of democracy, participation, and journalism
Stefan Baack
Big Data & Society, Oct 2015, DOI: 10.1177/2053951715594634