DigHum lecture “Theorizing Regulatory Data Infrastructure” by Stefania Milan

Regulary data infrastructure and its impact on the balance of power

May 14, 2024 5:00 pm

Speaker: Stefania Milan (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands),

Moderator: Helga Nowotny (Former President of the ERC)

A new class of “regulatory data infrastructure” are increasingly taking up functions that were once performed by the state. Think of biometric technology: generating real-time data aimed at monitoring or decision-making, these data-centric assemblages transform three key areas of concern to the modern state: citizenship, state sovereignty, and inequality.

In this talk, Stefania Milan introduces the notion of regulatory data infrastructure, exposing the growing influence of the private sector in the governance of the social — and why we should worry.