Chapter 6 Conclusion to Data Ethics of Power
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Human power needs specific spatial and temporal conditions to flourish, but in the early 21st Century, in particular human ethical agency is in constant negotiation with the moral agency of BDSTIs and AISTIs. They not only materialise power dynamics, but they also challenge human ethical agency to negotiate and revolt against these powers in fundamental ways. Or said in other words, human critical ethical agency does not resemble, correspond with, live well, or flourish in the cracks of the BDSTIs’ and AISTIs’ sociotechnical structures of power. This is why we urgently need to act to preserve the human critical cultural moments and to create the conditions that will enable critical spaces of negotiation. We need to actively build alternative sociotechnical data infrastructures and systems that interact with human agency, power and ethics in a different way. We need applied data ethics in design and governance that ensures the involvement of human life, experience and critical agency in the very data design, governance, use and implementation of sociotechnical data systems.

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