2(2) 2016: Politics of Big Data

The third Digital Culture & Society issue on “Politics of Big Data” was published in December 2016. Edited by Mark Coté, Paolo Gerbaudo, and Jennifer Pybus, the issues critically examines the political and economic dimensions of Big Data and thus details its contestation. The contributions focus on the materialities and processes which manifest Big Data and explore forms of value beyond the state and capital. These range from open data initiatives, social media metrics, machine learning algorithms, data visualisation to data dashboards, critical data analysis, and new modes of data action research and practice. The print issue can be ordered through the publisher’s website (transcript). All articles are available as open access (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0) below. All DCS issues are published under this CC license 12 months after the initial publication.



Front matter and table of contents

Politics of Big Data
Edited by Mark Coté, Paolo Gerbaudo, and Jennifer Pybus




Politics of Big Data
Mark Coté, Paolo Gerbaudo, and Jennifer Pybus


Critiquing Big Data



What Counts?
Reflections on the Multivalence of Social Media Data
Carolin Gerlitz


Big Data and the Paradox of Diversity

Bernhard Rieder


Digital Epistemologies



The Alternative Epistemologies of Data Activism

Stefania Milan and Lonneke van der Velden



Simondon on Datafication

A Techno-Cultural Method
Mark Coté and Jennifer Pybus


Digital Methodologies



From Data Analytics to Data Hermeneutics

Online Political Discussions, Digital Methods and the Continuing Relevance of Interpretive Approaches
Paolo Gerbaudo


Visual Social Media and Big Data

Interpreting Instagram Images Posted on Twitter
Dhiraj Murthy, Alexander Gross and Marisa McGarry


Entering the Field



Group Privacy in Times of Big Data
A Literature Review
Paula Helm





Biographical notes



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