Lost in the numbers: the missing politics of big data

Everyone encounters big data: via social media, financial transactions and public transport. Although all of these things are useful and fascinating, they simultaneously arouse feelings of discomfort: how far does the – largely invisible – influence of all of these data collections reach? Marleen Stikker has been following developments in this sphere since the beginning of the digital era.

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Baby steps on the road to a basic income

Seven Dutch towns and cities are beginning experiments with versions of a ‘basic income light’. Some of those in favour are disappointed by the restrictions raised by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. One municipality decided to ignore those restrictions: Amsterdam. As happens so often, it decided to determine its own course. Socrates Schouten talked with three advocates spearheading the project.

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Practicing the Commons: conference days 4 and 5

My third and last blog in this series covers days 4 and 5 of the 16th IASC conference, held from 10 to 14 July in Utrecht. Thursday was a day unlike the others, because it was a day of field trips with destinations all over the Netherlands, instead of a regular conference day. While I wasn’t able to take part in the excursions, I did co-organize a side event on Thursday evening.

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