Our fourth and fifth project publications

A fourth publication from the ‘Living with Personal Data’ project has been published in Visual Studies. This article authored by Ash Watson, Deborah Lupton and Mike Michael is titled ‘The presence and perceptibility of personal digital data: Findings from a participant map drawing method‘. In this, we discuss findings from the map-making component of our …

Our third project publication

The third publication from the ‘Living with Personal Data’ project, entitled ‘The COVID digital home assemblage: Transforming the home into a work space during the crisis‘ (authored by Ash Watson, Deborah Lupton and Mike Michael) has been published in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. In this article, we discuss some …

Second project publication out now

The second publication from the ‘Living with Personal Data’ project, entitled ‘Enacting intimacy and sociality at a distance in the COVID-19 crisis: the sociomaterialities of home-based communication technologies‘ (authored by Ash Watson, Deborah Lupton and Mike Michael) has now been published in Media International Australia in an extraordinary issue on “Coronavirus, crisis and communication”. In …

First project publication now published

The first publication from the ‘Living with Personal Data’ project, entitled ‘Towards more-than-human digital data studies: developing research-creation method‘ (authored by Deborah Lupton and Ash Watson) has now been published in Qualitative Research. In this article, we discuss various creative methods we experimented with in developing the approaches we wanted to use in the project. …

Innovative and creative methods for researching people’s use and understandings of their data – a resource list

In our Living with Personal Data project, we are experimenting with innovative and creative methods for researching how people use and make sense of their personal digital data. We have put together a resource list of methods used by other researchers as well as those we have experimented with thus far. Human-computer interaction and design …

What we are reading #2: video and digital ethnography methods

Last week, we started our fieldwork, involving visiting the homes of people living in Sydney and talking to them about their digital technology use and the personal data generated by their use. We video-tape the visits for use in later analysis and write a detailed case study for each home visit. To prepare us for …

Data Letters and Data Kondo

This week, we experimented with two writing activities that worked towards inspiring people to think creatively about their personal data, with a particular focus on their feelings and relationships with their data. These activities were chosen as a way to engage with a more-than-human approach to personal data understandings and practices that Deborah has been …

Algorithmic Micropolitics – a zine-making workshop

On Monday September 9, a group of researchers joined us for a workshop on the topic of algorithmic micropolitics. The workshop was held by the Vitalities Lab, Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney. Bringing together zine-making and digital data, we collaboratively made a zine to critically consider how …

Excerpt from Introduction of Data Selves

Originally posted on This Sociological Life:
My new book Data Selves: More-than-Human Perspectives¬†is due for publication next month. Below is an edited excerpt from the Introduction chapter, in which I explain my theoretical approach. The phenomenon of personal digital data poses a challenge at an ontological level. Personal data blur and challenge many of the…

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