We’re honoured to announce that prof. Jannis Kallinikos will moderate the final panel on the day and offer concluding remarks on the day.
The ongoing “data revolution” is undoubtedly tied to the diffusion and unprecedented social involvement of information and communication technologies, and the digital ecosystems they help construct. But it is also evident that the ways data are currently produced reflect the assumptions (technical and social) on the basis of which information and communication technologies are deployed across the various domains of social life. Sensor data, for instance, differ remarkably from social data, that is, the data footprint of user interaction and communication on social media platforms. Data are thus far from given or natural entities. It is the mission of social inquiry and a critical social science to reflect on the mechanisms (as distinct from techniques of data crunching) through which big data are produced, and assess the reality purchase and relevance of big data analytics.
Jannis Kallinikos is Professor and head of Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of Management at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on how information and communication technologies are involved in the governance of organizations and, more generally, the making of institutional patterns and relations. Of late, and due to the developments that characterize our age, he has become increasingly interested in social media platforms and their social and institutional implications. His research draws on several social science fields including organization studies, sociology, communication theory and semiotics and information theory. He has published widely in IS, Management and Sociology journals and written several monographs. Recent books include The Consequences of Information: Institutional Implications of Technological Change, Edward Elgar, 2007, Governing Through Technology: Information Artefacts and Social Practice, Palgrave, 2011, and Materiality and Organizing: Social Interaction in a Technological World, Oxford University Press, 2012 (co-edited with Paul Leonardi and Bonnie Nardi).