DATACTIVE is proud to announce the publication of the special issue on ‘data activism’ of Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy. Edited by Stefania Milan and Lonneke van der Velden, the special issue features six articles by Jonathan Gray, Helen Kennedy, Lina Dencik, Stefan Baack, Miren Gutierrez, Leah Horgan and Paul Dourish; an essay by, and three book reviews. The journal is open access; you can read and download the article from http://krisis.eu.
Jonathan Gray starts off this special issue by suggesting how data can be involved in providing horizons of intelligibility and organising social and political life. Helen Kennedy’s contribution advocates for a focus on emotions and everyday lived experiences with data. Lina Dencik puts forward the notion of ‘surveillance realism’ to explore the pervasiveness of contemporary surveillance and the emergence of alternative imaginaries. Stefan Baack investigates how data are used to facilitate civic engagement. Miren Gutiérrez explores how activists can make use of data infrastructures such as databases, servers, and algorithms. Finally, Leah Horgan and Paul Dourish critically engage with the notion of data activism by looking at everyday data work in a local administration. Further, this issue features an interview with Boris Groys by Thijs Lijster, whose work Über das Neue enjoys its 25th anniversary last year. Lastly, three book reviews illuminate key aspects of datafication. Patricia de Vries reviews Metahavens’ Black Transparency; Niels van Doorn writes on Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek and Jan Overwijk comments on The Entrepeneurial Self by Ulrich Bröckling.