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Primer on Critical Data Studies

  • 16 Feb 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Critical data studies is a new scholarly field that qualitatively studies quantitative culture and applies social theory to the study of data this accepts that data are never raw, neutral, objective nor unbiased and they are not separable from the technologies, institutions and people who create them. In this talk we will be introduced to this new field, some interesting projects and discuss how small g and big G data governance relate to each other.


Dr. Tracey Lauriault


Dr. Tracey Lauriault is a critical data studies scholar who works on open data, big data, open smart cities, open government, data sovereignty, data preservation and data governance. Her ongoing research includes disaggregated equity data, digital twins, intersectional approaches to data governance, data invisibilities and the history of the census. As a publicly engaged scholar, she mobilizes her research into data and technology policy in all sectors. As a data and technological citizen, she examines large and small complex systems with the hope of making them more just, inclusive, equitable and environmentally sustainable.

Tracey P. Lauriault
Associate Professor, Critical Media and Big Data
Cross Appointed to the MA in Digital Humanities
Faculty of the Institute for Data Science

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