Denisa Kera (CZ, SG) connects philosophy with design to explore prototypes as objects, which mobilize entrepreneurial, aesthetic and activist fantasies and aspirations of the present hardware and software technologies. With her defence of tinkering and DIY cultures, she is trying to bridge the divides between humanities and engineering, critical reflection and making. She is recognised for her work on open and citizen science movements as models for science diplomacy. As an active member of Hackteria network, a community of scientists, designers and artists, she supports open science efforts in the Global South. Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore and Asia Research Institute
Where are data citizens?
If we increasingly know, experience and enact worlds through data then we need to understand who are the subjects of that data and the space of relations they occupy. The development of the Internet of Things (IoT) means phones, watches, dishwashers, fridges, cars, and many other devices are always already connected to the Internet and generating enormous volumes of data about movements, locations, activities, interests, encounters, and private and public relationships. It also means that conduct is being mediated through myriad arrangements and conventions of the Internet. What does this mean for how data subjects become data citizens? If through the act of making claims data subjects become citizens how do we understand the spaces of this becoming? Challenging a separation between ‘real’ space and ‘virtual’ space, I define cyberspace as a space of social struggles: a space of transactions and interactions between and among bodies acting through the Internet. How these struggles are part-and-parcel of the constitution of data is the critical framing that I address.