(Report) "The Emerging Social Order of Data Colonialism: Why Critical Social Theory Still Matters!" Talk (Apr.16, 2019)2019.04.25
On 16 April 2019 (Tuesday), the special lecture entitled "The Emerging Social Order of Data Colonialism: Why Critical Social Theory Still Matters!" was organized by "Risk Society and the Media (RSM)" project at the Keio University Global Research Institute (KGRI) on Keio Mita Campus.
The guest lecturer was Nick Couldry, Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the UK.
He introduced the concept of "data colonialism" in the digital age, explained that "advanced" states and private corporations have silently accumulated various kinds of data for their own sake, and warned that data colonialism would create a new social order. He stressed that critical social theory is a way to tackle the growing power of data colonialism.
The lecture was followed by the 30-minute Q&A session. Several intriguing questions were raised and Prof. Couldry politely and clearly responded to them. The lecture received more than 60 participants; students and faculty members from Keio as well as from the outside. It ended in a big success.
S19-02 Core Projects, Security Initiative "Risk Society and the Media"
Yuki Arisawa (e-mail: yuki-arisawa[at]keio.jp)
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