Data Futures

Convened by the Media Futures Lab in the School of Arts and Media, UNSW and the SocioTech Futures Lab (STuF) in the School of Language, Arts and Media at the University of Sydney

Location: Easy access to Sydney’s world famous landmarks, beaches and international airport, including Bondi Beach, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour.

Datafication, automation and algorithmic expansion make media and cultural studies increasingly vital to both understanding emerging problems and imagining alternative futures. This full-day pre-conference explores the challenges provoked by AI, data mining, ubiquitous surveillance, drone technologies, data-driven decision-making, smart cities and digital capitalism, and identifies potentials for more just data futures. A series of panels and roundtables will address topics including data infrastructures, data experiences and data justice.

Convenors: UNSW – Michael Richardson, Heather Ford, Tanja Dreher, Edgar Gómez Cruz. University of Sydney – Heather Horst, Justine Humphry, Jonathan Hutchison, Jolynna Sinanan

Speakers, program and registration details to be announced shortly.For further details please email datafutures@unsw.edu.au to register your interest and to receive updates.


The next day, Deborah Lupton (UNSW Sydney), Larissa Hjorth (RMIT) and Annette Markham (Aarhus University) organise the workshop:  Re/imagining Personal Data Workshop at UNSW. Not to be missed!

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