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Algorithms of Resistance: Anti-racist activism in the age of datafication

Research project Recent scholarship has stressed how the platforms and software of digital society can enable and reinforce racism via their so-called algorithms of oppression (Noble 2018). However, this project is focused on how those same platforms and softwares can also be deployed in order to fight racism, in other words utilized for, what we call in this project, their algorithms of resistance.

The project analyses how social media platform logics, datafication, and algorithmic agency become tools for anti-racist digital activism. It combines online ethnography, activist interviews, and data science methods to both grasp the subtler and emergent strategies surrounding digital anti-racism, and to assess its impacts at the broader level of our networked society.

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Project overview

Project period:

2020-01-01 2022-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Sociology
Latest update: 2022-10-27