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Data LivesHow Data Are Made and Shape Our World$
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Rob Kitchin

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529215144

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529215144.001.0001

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Data Stories

Data Stories

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Data Lives

Rob Kitchin

Policy Press

This chapter provides an overview of the sociality of data. Data-driven endeavours are not simply technical systems, but are socio-technical systems. That is, they are as much a result of human values, desires, and social relations as they are scientific principles and technologies. The sociality of data is also evident with respect to how we have come to live with data. The data revolution has been transforming work and the economy, the nature of consumption, the management and governance of society, how we communicate and interact with media and each other, and forms of play and leisure. Indeed, our lives are saturated with digital devices and services that generate, process, and share vast quantities of data. This book reveals the myriad, complex, contested ways in which data are produced and circulated, as well as the consequences of living in a data-driven world.

Keywords:   data, socio-technical systems, data revolution, digital devices, digital services, data production, data circulation

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