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Hacking the social life of Big Data

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalBig Data & Society
Issue number2
Early online date1 Dec 2015
Accepted/In press1 Dec 2015
E-pub ahead of print1 Dec 2015
Published1 Dec 2015


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This paper builds off the Our Data Ourselves research project, which examined ways of understanding and reclaiming the data that young people produce on smartphone devices. Here we explore the growing usage and centrality of mobiles in the lives of young people, questioning what data-making possibilities exist if users can either uncover and/or capture what data controllers such as Facebook monetize and share about themselves with third-parties. We outline the MobileMiner, an app we created to consider how gaining access to one’s own data not only augments the agency of the individual but of the collective user. Finally, we discuss the data making that transpired during our hackathon. Such interventions in the enclosed processes of datafication are meant as a preliminary investigation into the possibilities that arise when young people are given back the data which they are normally structurally precluded from accessing.

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