“We need to push through the noise to be able to effectively tackle these systems.” —Chaz Arnett
Race, Surveillance, Resistance
Datafication is closely related to social control and surveillance. We see this clearly in policing and criminalization, and credit scoring and monitoring systems, among other areas. The widening net of surveillance, and the increasing use of automated detection and enforcement tools, maintains racial and class hierarchies and expands state power — with disproportionate impact on Black communities and people of color. Yet there is also resistance: Communities and organizations are pushing back against the Datafied State, including through efforts to regulate data collection, organize against harmful data initiatives, and advance policies for more ethical data processes.