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College of Information Studies Dean's Speaker Series- Roderic N. Crooks
College of Information Studies Dean's Speaker Series

Community organizers create, aggregate, and visualize data in support of social movements and community-defined goals. As research in critical data studies, data activism, and human-computer interaction has argued, data can be a useful tool in terms of political action; however, this utility is attenuated by a number of factors specific to the lived conditions of Black and Latinx working-class communities. This talk reports preliminary results of ongoing interview-based research with community organizers, many of whom are engaged in forms of activism that seek to halt or change the use of data-intensive computation in law enforcement, criminal justice, financial services and other vital sites of public life. In this way, data achieves a curious duality: it provides a limited, provisional, and potentially powerful avenue of directing policy to movement goals, but it is also one of the means by which the state accomplishes the mineralization of working-class communities of color in the first place.

May 18, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Roderic Crooks
Assistant Professor @School of Information and Computer Sciences -University of California, Irvine