Data underpins an increasing number of everyday experiences and decisions. The data-based social world throws up new problems for social scientists, as well as providing new contexts for our continuing interests in citizenship, participation, equality and justice. In collaboration with LSE Data and Society, which launches this year to address these and other key social issues related to the ‘turn towards data’, the LSE Impact Blog is keen to recognise the range of interdisciplinary perspectives on the social and political issues emerging in relation to data and society.
This section will aim to capture the range of activities taking place at the LSE and more widely across disciplines and sectors on the broad topic of the relationship between data and society. The MSc in Media and Communication (Data & Society) at the LSE uses a critical social science curriculum to develop ways of thinking that shape the future governance of data systems and investigate how data shape media production. Alongside these activities, there will also be a programme of research events that delve into the most significant social issues connecting data, communications and society. In particular we are examining how best to address algorithmic accountability in law, technology and research, and the significance of data in relation to citizenship and inequality. For more on these events and the theme of Algorithmic Accountability, check out the LSE Media Policy Project.