Data Matters: Empowerment or Control?

Alan Dix

Computational Foundry, Swansea University, Wales

Inaugural session of the HCI Conversations Webinar Series, FSKM UiTM, Malaysia, 11th August 2020

Watch Live at 04:00 pm (Malaysian Standard Time, GMT +09:00)

Data is to the 21st century what coal was in the 19th century and electricity in the 20th. Every aspect of our lives is sensed, recorded, and stored from social media to traffic cameras. Some of this works to our advantage helping traffic flow and our health systems control disease. Others seem less benign with the potential of state surveilance or corporate intrusion. However whether used for good or ill, little feels under our control. Is it possible for small communities and individuals to become producers and users of data not merely subjects of it? In this talk I will explore some of the ways those of us in academia and HCI reseach can help create systems and understanding that can empower small communities and in the process also find better ways to interact with data in academic research and commercial applications.

Keywords: big data, long tail of small data, human data interaction, HCI, human-computer interaction



Alan Dix 6/8/2020