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Counting the Countless — Real Life
To summarize: Data science as currently constituted

provides new tools for state and corporate control and surveillance
discursively (and recursively) demands more participation in those tools when it fails
communicates through its control universalized views of what humans can be and locks us into those views.

Those don’t sound compatible with queerness to me. Quite the opposite: They sound like a framework that fundamentally results in the elimination of queerness — the destruction of autonomy, contextuality, and fluidity, all of which make us what we are and are often necessary to keep us safe.

If you’re a trans person or otherwise queer person interested in data science, I’m not saying, “Don’t become a data scientist under any circumstances.” I’m not your mother, and I get that people need to eat to survive. I’m just explaining why I refuse to teach or train people to be data scientists and why I think reformist approaches to data science are insufficient and that co-option into data science, even to fix the system, is fundamentally inimical unless your primary question is asking who is left out of those fixes. You need to make the decision that is right for your ethics of care.

For me, my ethics of care says that we should be working for a radical data science: a data science that is not controlling, eliminationist, assimilatory. A data science premised on enabling autonomous control of data, on enabling plural ways of being. A data science that preserves context and does not punish those who do not participate in the system.
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2 days ago by petej
Why we stopped trusting elites | News | The Guardian
If a world where everyone has their own truth-tellers sounds dangerously like relativism, that’s because it is. But the roots of this new and often unsettling “regime of truth” don’t only lie with the rise of populism or the age of big data. Elites have largely failed to understand that this crisis is about trust rather than facts – which may be why they did not detect the rapid erosion of their own credibility.

Unless liberal institutions and their defenders are willing to reckon with their own inability to sustain trust, the events of the past decade will remain opaque to them. And unless those institutions can rediscover aspects of the original liberal impulse – to keep different domains of power separate, and put the disinterested pursuit of knowledge before the pursuit of profit – then the present trends will only intensify, and no quantity of facts will be sufficient to resist. Power and authority will accrue to a combination of decreasingly liberal states and digital platforms – interrupted only by the occasional outcry as whistles are blown and outrages exposed.
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november 2018 by petej

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