In a blogpost titled ‘Is Facebook the future of the national census?‘ Francisca Grommé writes about the diversification in organisations counting populations and their methods. She argues that experimentation with big data by statistical agencies and other organisations can affect how people are able to influence how they are counted, categorised and governed.
As part of an ongoing interest in non-individualised academic practices, ARITHMUS and LSE colleagues organised a day of structured group writing on June 11, 2018 (see Murray and Newton, 2009).
How might citizen-generated data contribute to rethinking the fundamental assumption in official statistics that residence, home and work are aligned in a single state? This is the question of an ongoing experiment being conducted by ARITHMUS at the Department of Sociology on the category of ‘usual residents’, an international standard for defining a population base.[…]
On 17 May 2018 all ARITHMUS researchers participated in the seminar ‘Research Collaboration – Reflections on Theories, Concepts, Methods, Practices’ which was attended by four ERC funded teams. In their presentation they reflected on the challenges of overcoming methodological nationalism (see Working Paper no. 1). The seminar was held at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced[…]
Francisca reviewed the edited volume ‘Actor-Network Theory and Crime Studies: Explorations in Science and Technology’ (ed. by Dominique Robert, Martin Dufresne), addressing questions as to how facts about criminal behaviour are established, how surveillance technologies spread and how crime prevention affects everyday experiences. The review can be found here.
Francisca’s essay is titled ‘Policing Knowledges and Technologies: Making Aggression Visible‘. The piece discusses how surveillance and security technologies in public transport can shape social spaces for the negotiation of norms and authorities.
On July 15, 2017, Francisca took part in the Colleex Workshop on Ethnographic Experimentation in Lisbon. She gave a talk titled ‘A citizen data app as fieldwork device: reflections on a collaborative practice’ (co-authored with Evelyn Ruppert), about re-imagining the future of official statistics and ‘workshopping’ as a mode of doing ethnographic research.
The ARITHMUS team is extremely happy to announce the release of its second working paper. The paper is titled ‘Citizen Data and Official Statistics: Background Document to a Collaborative Workshop’ and is freely available for download on our publications page. The paper introduces the notion of ‘citizen data’ as a possible source for (or complementary[…]