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Data. Together. Let's read about it

Data Together's reading group is a set of six conversations on themes relevant to information and ethics. Curated reading selections are distributed once a month; we meet to discuss on video call.

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Next semester of Data Together is currently in design!

Join the conversation and help determine what topics we will cover in Winter - Spring 2019

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Summer - Fall 2018 Data Together Reading Group

πŸ“… 15:30-17:00 ET Tuesdays Data Together Calendar
🎯 Participation link (recorded): https://edgi-video-call-landing-page.herokuapp.com/https://zoom.us/j/847315566
▢️ Data Together Call Playlist

We want to understand better just what it is that we're doing! The goal of this "syllabus" is to identify some themes that drive Data Together as a project & as a politics, and to find some readings that help us understand those themes better.

Once a month on Tuesday afternoon we'll host a 1.5 hour discussion of one of six themes over summer 2018. Everyone should try hard to read the core reading (~30 pages), and once or twice sign up to facilitate discussion.

From this initial iteration, our hope is that: first, we learn together!; second, through documenting discussion we can articulate Data Together principles.

Themes

Sessions

A view on the decentralized (distributed) web

Just getting us all on the same page about this very, err... central question, and also working through distinctions between similar terms (especially) decentralized, distributed, federated, p2p.

Readings:

Ownership

Sometimes when we talk about Data Together we use phrases like "communities taking ownership of their data". What do we mean, and why is this language important to us?

How should we think about "ownership" as a value, and in what ways are individual and collective ownership different from each other?

Readings:

Commons

Sometimes, instead of ownership, we talk about a "commons". How ought the commons to be governed, and by whom?

Readings:

Centralization vs. Decentralization (and Peer-to-peer, Federation)

Now that we've thought more about possession and ownership let's return to thinking about just how decentralization differs from centralizations (and whether or how peer-to-peer or federation fit in)!

Readings:

Privacy

Lately we've been hearing some interesting critiques of "privacy as a concept and moral imperative". Let's see if we think they make sense.

Readings:

Justice

Why do we care about justice (rather than alternative descriptions of how we ought to act)? Let's explore through popular framings of justice as what is fair as well as social justice (which includes environmental justice, data justice, design justice).

Readings:

Facilitation

Here are some guidelines about preparation in order to facilitate a session:

  • Before the session:
  • During the session:
    • Arrive on time (call should auto record as the first person enters)
    • Ensure the call is recorded (it should auto-record as the first person enters, but always make sure someone presses the record button if not)
    • Ask for someone to take notes
    • Keep time and gently wrap us up
  • After the session:

Potential Readings

We maintain a shared bibliography in the datatogether Zotero group, which includes potential readings.

Anyone can request an invite on a call or by creating a github issue in this repository with their Zotero username.