The Data Politics Lab explores how data is generative of new forms of power relations and social transformations.


To understand these transformations the lab investigates the social, economic and cultural implications of digital technologies and promotes critical interventions in theory and practice.


The lab’s activities are organised around the following four themes:


  • The politics of data: As digital tools permeate virtually every aspect of our lives, the Lab investigates why data is political and the political always-already technical.


  • Data (in)equality: Digital communication holds both the promise of social interaction and inclusive participation whilst also often reinforcing gender and racial inequalities. How can we imagine more equitable data practices?


  • Automation and the future of democracy: Automation poses various challenges for democratic societies. How is democratic action viable under conditions of automated decision-making?


  • Surveillance and resistance: The changing relationship between technology and society raises questions about the role of domination and emancipation. What are the prospects for resistance in societies shaped by digital capitalism?


The areas of research and debate include (but are not limited to): algorithmic governance, data democracy, digital labour and capitalism, power asymmetries in the digital realm, prediction and the politics of pre-emptive analytics, algorithmic (in)equality, data-related activism, feminist data practices, decolonial data politics, and new forms of identity/collectivity on social media.


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Data Politics Lab

Department of Social Science, Theory of Politics

Humboldt-University of Berlin