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Fostering the data welfare state: A Nordic perspective on datafication
Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University, Denmark.
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5879-2130
Faculty of Information, Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University, Finland.
2021 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 42, no 2, p. 207-223Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Digital tools facilitating everything from health to education have been introduced at a rapid pace to replace physical meetings and allow for social distancing measures as the Covid-19 pandemic has sped up the drive to large-scale digitalisation. This rapid digitalisation enhances the already ongoing process of datafication, namely turning ever-increasing aspects of our identities, practices, and societal structures into data. Through an analysis of empirical examples of datafication in three important areas of the welfare state – employment services, public service media, and the corrections sector – we draw attention to some of the inherent problems of datafication in the Nordic welfare states. The analysis throws critical light on automated decision-making processes and illustrates how the ideology of dataism has become increasingly entangled with welfare provision. We end the article with a call to develop specific measures and policies to enable the development of the data welfare state, with media and communication scholars playing a crucial role.

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Nordicom, 2021. Vol. 42, no 2, p. 207-223
Keywords [en]
welfare state, dataism, datafication, data welfare state, automated predictions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-47784DOI: 10.2478/nor-2021-0051ISI: 000735256100002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85121761635OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-47784DiVA, id: diva2:1619126
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