A BOOK ABOUT THE LIFE OF DATA AND LIVING WITH DATA
The word ‘data’ has entered everyday conversation, but do we really understand what it means? How can we begin to grasp the scope and scale of our new data-rich world, and can we truly comprehend what is at stake?
In Data Lives, renowned social scientist Rob Kitchin explores the intricacies of data creation and charts how data-driven technologies have become essential to how society, government and the economy work.
Creatively blending scholarly analysis, biography and fiction, he demonstrates how data are shaped by social and political forces, and the extent to which they influence our daily lives.
He reveals our data world to be one of potential danger, but also of hope.
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PART I: Introduction
1 Data Stories (PDF)
PART II: The Life of Data
2 Blind Data (PDF)
3 The Nature of Data
5 In Data We Trust
6 How to Lose (and Regain) 3.6 Billion Euros
7 Harmonizing Data is Hard
8 Open and Shut Case
9 The Politics of Building Civic Tech
10 So More Trumps Better?
11 Hustling for Funding
12 The Secret Science of Formulas
13 The End of the Data Lifecycle
PART III: Living with Data
14 Traces and Shadows (PDF)
15 Recommended Life
16 The Quantified Self
17 Fighting Fires
18 Management Through Metrics
19 Guinea Pigs
20 Big Brother is Watching and Controlling You
21 Security Theatre
22 When a Country Ignores Its Own Data
23 Data Theft
24 Data for the People, by the People
25 Black Data Matter
PART IV: Conclusion
26 A Matter of Life and Death
27 Data Futures
Rob Kitchin is a professor in the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, Ireland. He wrote his first article about the internet in 1995 and has conducted extensive research on digital technologies and their impact on society. He is (co)author or (co) editor of 31 non-fiction books including, Mapping Cyberspace (Routledge, 2000), Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life (MIT Press, 2011), The Data Revolution (Sage, 2014), Understanding Spatial Media (Sage, 2017), Data and the City (Routledge, 2017), Digital Geographies (Sage, 2018), The Right to the Smart City (Emerald, 2019), How to Run a City Like Amazon, and Other Fables (Meatspace Press, 2019), and Slow Computing: Why We Need Balanced Digital Lives (BUP, 2020). He has been an editor of three leading geography journals and editor-in-chief of the 12-volume International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Elsevier, 2009). He is a recipient of the Royal Irish Academy’s Gold Medal for the Social Sciences.
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