The Sarai Programme is organising the Lives of Data v2.0: Computing, Money, Media Workshop on 05-06 January, 2018.
The workshop examines the historical and emergent conditions of data-driven knowledge and value production and circulation in India and South Asia. It expands upon the cross-disciplinary conversations initiated by the first ‘Lives of Data’ Workshop, in January 2017. The workshop connects questions concerning media and computational cultures of money and machine intelligence, with an evolving body of work on digital infrastructures and governance.
The workshop brings together interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners with backgrounds in history and anthropology of money, media and technology studies, software engineering, data science, economics, and policy-making. It is a space to parse lateral connections and mine new ideas to explore the many lives of data, interrogating stable forms and tracking unexpected pathways.
Limited seats are available to attend the workshop. To register, please fill up this form.
The schedule for the workshop is listed below. We encourage you to use #LivesOfData to Post or Tweet about the workshop.
Poster design and concept: Anne Milan.
10:30 – 11:00 | Tea and Introduction
Always Already Banal?
Sandeep Mertia, New York University
11:00 – 12:30 | Session #1: Computational Value / Exchange Value
Chair: Ravi Sundaram, Sarai-CSDS
Currency, Trust, and Obligation: A Historical View
Shweta Banerjee, University of Toronto
Proof of Institutions: Cryptocurrencies as Digital Fiat Money
Anush Kapadia, IIT Bombay
12:30 – 1:30 | Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 | Session #2: Linking is Mandatory!
Chair: Sumandro Chattapadhyay
Biographies of Biometric Devices: The POS Terminal in the PDS
Preeti Mudliar, IIIT Bangalore
Privacy and Efficiency in Governance by the ‘Biometric State’
Rohith Jyotish, JNU
Bodily, Noisy Thoughts on Wearable Health Trackers
Anirudh Raghavan, Delhi School of Economics
3:00 – 3:30 | Tea
3:30 – 4:30 | Session #3: Data and the City
Chair: Awadhendra Sharan, Sarai-CSDS
Demystifying Indore’s Public Transit Data
Gaurav Godhwani, Datakind Bangalore
Data Driven Solutions for Contemplating Urban Processes – A case study of Bangalore City
Mohan Raju JS, IIHS Bangalore
10:30 – 11:30 | Session #4: Modeling the Archive, Querying the Field
Chair: Ravi Vasudevan, Sarai-CSDS
Querying the Repository: Generating a Data Revolution from Descriptive Archival and Library Catalogs
Sudev Sheth, University of Pennsylvania
Imaging the Environment: Debates on Oceanographic Modelling
Lakshmi R Pradeep, JNU
11:30 – 11:45 | Tea
11:45 – 1:15 | Session #5: Data Re/Monetised
Chair: Sandeep Mertia, New York University
WhatsApp Moment in Indian Banking: Annual Report 2017
Material Money(s): Emergent Temporalities of Citizenship
Navjit Kaur, Delhi School of Economics
Freezing Accounts, Tracking Notes: Control after Computerization
Nishita Trisal, University of Michigan
1:15 – 2:15 | Lunch
2:15 – 3:15 | Session #6: Media, Body, Intelligence
Chair: Vebhuti Duggal, Ambedkar University
The Cinematic Marriage: Drones and the Indian Wedding Video
Laboni Bhattacharya, Delhi University
Vocal Affections and Machinic Listening
Mehak Sawhney, Sarai-CSDS
3:15 – 3:30 | Tea
4:00 – 5:00 | Session #7: Math, Policy, Intelligence
Chair: Harsh Nisar, IFMR Lead
The Stakes are High: But, do we know what they look like?
Samir Passi, Cornell University
Algorithmic Decision Making in Civic Governance- Frameworks across Boundaries
Tarunima Prabhakar, University of California Berkeley
5:00 – 5:30 | Closing Remarks