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The Critical Life of Information

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 05, 2014 04:41 AM
Nishant Shah and Malavika Jayaram will be speaking at the event organized by Yale University on April 11, 2014.

The immensity of the proliferation of bits of raw information that is fundamental to current digital environments is at a scale that in earlier eras would have been characterized as sublime. Big Data also corresponds to scales of globalization with its heretofore unthinkable geographical expanses and inequalities, suddenly crystallized in local crises.  Scholars have argued that the geographical scale of accumulation has been changing and that hierarchies of scale are appearing that reveal the specificity of capital at the present time.  This, in turn, requires a re-scaling and re-conceptualization of life.  The workshop will address how new notions of information as property, and its harvesting from people in contexts ranging from shopping to health care to social media, condition humanistic inquiry and its concepts of the individual and the collective.

Nishant Shah spoke in the panel on Big Data and Governance. Malavika Jayaram spoke in the panel on Big Data and the Arts. Click to read the original published on Yale University site.

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