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Datafication from Below: Epistemology, Ambivalences, Challenges

Journal article
Authors G. Pellegrino
Johan Söderberg
S. Milan
Published in Tecnoscienza-Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies
Volume 10
Issue 1
Pages 89-113
ISSN 2038-3460
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Pages 89-113
Language en
Keywords datafication, post truth, fake news, grassroots data epistemology, infrastructuring, statactivism, ecology, agency, forms, sts, Social Issues, ar sl, 1989, social studies of science, v19, p387
Subject categories Theory of science


The "imperative of data" seems to be at the core of current debates concerning relationships between technology and society, as well as the status of knowledge, freedom and identity. Departing from the plenary roundtable Datafication and Technoscience from Below: Sharing, Moving, Opening at the 7th STS Italia Conference held in Padua (June 2018), the authors go through different aspects of the sociotechnical process of datafication, emphasizing from complementary STS perspectives some of the most urgent and emergent challenges posed by the constant exploitation of data at an economic and financial level. Topics covered are ambivalences of datafication and their consequences for everyday life (Pellegrino); the epistemological consequences of the "race to the bottom-up" and fake news as ultimate drift of such a race (Soderberg); data-logies and grassroots epistemologies as conditions for possibility for a datafication from below (Milan).

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