Lecture presentation & discussion Colonised by data – the hollowing out of digital society

Colonised by data – the hollowing out of digital society © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Fri., 11.06.2021, 7 p.m.
Registration: 6:30 p.m.
Only for participants via Zoom: from 6:45 p.m.

Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Live at the Goethe-Institut Hanoi and Live-Recording at the Deutsches Haus, Ho Chi Minh City.
Registration at 6:30 p.m.
Start at 7 p.m.

Online via Zoom
Start at 6:45 p.m.

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  The current datafication of society not only brings about another iteration of capitalism, but also a new form of colonialism. We are witnessing the start of a new phase in human history that rivals in importance the emergence of historic colonialism: in short, the emergence of a new data colonialism, based on the appropriation of human life through data that will pave the way for a new capitalism that it is as yet too early to name. The lecture will discuss how a new social order is being created as the key means to stabilise and enforce these developments. This new order creates new dependencies on platforms through which data is extracted, and also produces new forms of social discrimination, based on a reinvention of social knowledge. The result is a hollowing out of the social world, which for corporate capitalism takes on the paradoxical form of an emerging new social domain available for endless exploitation and manipulation.

Nick Couldry 

Nick Couldry © Nick Couldry is Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). As a sociologist of media and culture, he approaches media and communications from the perspective of the symbolic power that has been historically concentrated in media institutions. He is interested in how media and communications institutions and infrastructures contribute to various types of order (social, political, cultural, economic, and ethical). Couldry is author or editor of twelve books including most recently The Mediated Construction of Reality (with Andreas Hepp, Polity, 2016), Ethics of Media (2013 Palgrave), Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice (Polity 2012) and Why Voice Matters: Culture and Politics After Neoliberalism (Sage 2010). His lecture will draw on the author’s book with Ulises Mejias, The Costs of Connection: How Data Colonizes Human Life and Appropriates it for capitalism (Stanford University Press 2019).

Dang Nguyen (Nguyễn Hồng Hải Đăng)

Hai Dang at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2019. © Nguyen Hong Hai Dang Doctoral candidate at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Currently lives and researches in Ho Chi Minh City.
Dang Nguyen (Nguyễn Hồng Hải Đăng) is a doctoral candidate at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. She was also a 2019-2020 Fox Fellow at Yale University.

Prior to commencing her PhD at University of Melbourne she completed her Master of Science at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
She has taught digital media and communication studies at the tertiary level in Vietnam, Singapore, and Australia. Dang’s research interests broadly concern the following topics: digital communication, social studies of technology, internet studies, health informatics, and internet pop culture. She currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Giang Nguyễn Thu

Nguyen Thu Giang Porträt © Nguyen Thu Giang is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2020-2022) at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities of the University of Queensland. She obtained her doctorate at the University of Queensland in 2016. From 2018-2020, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center of Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Her book Television in Post-Reform Vietnam: Nation, Media, Market (Routledge 2019) is the first monograph in English about contemporary Vietnamese media. Her postdoctoral project at the University of Queensland explores the gendered politics of precarity in late-socialist Vietnam through different case studies of digital motherhood. She is also interested in cultural memory, especially the constant reconstruction of the socialist past in now highly globalized and marketized Vietnam. At the University of Pennsylvania, she taught the undergraduate course entitled Media, Memory, and Cultural Identity.