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Making data colonialism liveable: how might data's social order be regulated?


  • Couldry, Nick
  • Mejias, Ulises


Humanity is currently undergoing a large-scale social, economic and legal transformation based on the massive appropriation of social life through data extraction. This quantification of the social represents a new colonial move. While the modes, intensities, scales and contexts of dispossession have changed, the underlying drive of today's data colonialism remains the same: to acquire "territory" and resources from which economic value can be extracted by capital. The injustices embedded in this system need to be made "liveable" through a new legal and regulatory order.

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  • Couldry, Nick & Mejias, Ulises, 2019. "Making data colonialism liveable: how might data's social order be regulated?," Internet Policy Review: Journal on Internet Regulation, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Berlin, vol. 8(2), pages 1-16.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:iprjir:214078

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