Big Data as Governmentality

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dc.contributor.author Flyverbom, Mikkel
dc.contributor.author Madsen, Anders Koed
dc.contributor.author Rasche, Andreas
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-09T09:00:51Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-09T09:00:51Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/9048
dc.description.abstract This paper conceptualizes how large-scale data and algorithms condition and reshape knowledge production when addressing international development challenges. The concept of governmentality and four dimensions of an analytics of government are proposed as a theoretical framework to examine how big data is constituted as an aspiration to improve the data and knowledge underpinning development efforts. Based on this framework, we argue that big data’s impact on how relevant problems are governed is enabled by (1) new techniques of visualizing development issues, (2) linking aspects of the international development agenda to algorithms that synthesize large-scale data, (3) novel ways of rationalizing knowledge claims that underlie development policies, and (4) shifts in professional and organizational identities of those concerned with producing and processing data for development. Our discussion shows that big data problematizes selected aspects of traditional ways to collect and analyze data for development (e.g. via household surveys). We also demonstrate that using big data analyses to address development challenges raises a number of questions that can deteriorate its impact. en_US
dc.format.extent 32 en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.subject.other Big data en_US
dc.subject.other International development en_US
dc.subject.other Governmentality en_US
dc.subject.other Algorithms en_US
dc.subject.other Knowledge production en_US
dc.title Big Data as Governmentality en_US
dc.type cp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt14dec09 soma en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Interkulturel Kommunikation og Ledelse en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort IKL en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Intercultural Communication and Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort ICM en_US
dc.description.notes Paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association (ISA):Spaces and Places: Geopolitics in an Era of Globalization. March 26-29 2014, Toronto, Canada en_US
dc.publisher.city Frederiksberg en_US
dc.publisher.year 2014 en_US
dc.title.subtitle How Large-Scale Data Reshapes International Development en_US


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