Phenomenology of Data

Phenomenology of Data

Monika Büscher’s ‘data tale’, about the availability of medical information to first responders evokes concerns about as she phrases it ‘the phenomenology of data’. What does it mean for emergency response personnel to act on the basis of injured people’s data in a very fleeting, ephemeral and pressurized moment, as opposed to drawing on a set of practices and principles? Ewa Luger and Cecily Morrison both highlighted the ways in which we are increasingly expecting people to experience and curate their own data – from personal data about our bodies to aspects of our domestic and social life. But what options do we have to manage our data in situations like Monika’s and to what extent is there a role for personalisation?

 

How are the lived experiences we are having with data shaping experiences of selfhood and sociality? What options are open to us for (re-)negotiating such things about ourselves when data is materialised in our phenomenal experiences?

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