Data activists around the world have developed creative methods for archiving and visualizing data, confronting surveillance infrastructures, and fostering communities of practice that invite us to think about data differently. Drawing from interviews with social activists, this podcast series explores the methods that data activists employ, how they have taken them up in social and political struggles, and how they share their knowledge with others. Our aim is to provide a space where the public can learn new methods for engaging with data.
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Kevin Walby is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Winnipeg. He is
co-author of Police Funding, Dark Money, and the Greedy Institution (Routledge, 2022).
He is co-editor of Disarm, Defund, Dismantle: Police Abolition in Canada (BTL Press,
2022) and Changing of the Guards: Private Influences, Privatization, and Criminal
Justice in Canada (UBC Press, 2022). He is the Director of the Centre for Access to
Information and Justice (CAIJ). He is co-editor of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons.
Chris Hurl is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at
Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. His research explores how social movements, labour organizations, and community groups are able to interject in the production of official knowledge in order to advance alternative political projects. He has published numerous articles on how public sector unions have used their research capacities to provoke new imaginaries of the state. More recently, he has been interested in how activists can develop research capacities in confronting government outsourcing and public sector restructuring.
Hannah Grover (she/her) is a PhD student in the Social and Cultural Analysis program at Concordia University. Her research, generously funded by the Faculty of Arts and Science Fellowship, explores online communities — specifically LGBTQIA+ and other minority-led spaces — and alternative media creation. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies from Concordia, which allowed her to develop a web series pilot about positive representation for sapphic women and non-binary folks in online fandoms. She likewise holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in English from the University of Regina with a concentration in creative writing. Professionally, she has experience as a researcher, instructor, journalist, and actress in film, theatre, and television. Hannah is passionate about intersectional feminist filmmaking, queer writing (fiction, screenplays, and poetry), and punk scenes.
Elena Rowan is an MA Sociology student at Concordia University. Her research and
previously presented work is focused on digital materials and copyright issues in archives and libraries.
Marius Senneville is a PhD student at the Sociology & Anthropology Department at Concordia University. With a background in science and technology studies, political economy and organization studies, the underlying focus of his research trajectory has been the exploration of the economic interests influencing the development of the contemporary AI industry. Having completed a master's thesis on the partnerships between industrial and academic AI laboratories within the Montreal and Toronto ecosystems, his current work focuses on the role of management consulting within the realm of corporate AI governance. His researches have been co-published in Big Data and Society and Réseaux, as well as presented at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S).