Shareveillance: Subjectivity between open and closed data

Clare Birchall
2016 Big Data & Society  
This article attempts to question modes of sharing and watching to rethink political subjectivity beyond that which is enabled and enforced by the current data regime. It identifies and examines a 'shareveillant' subjectivity: a form configured by the sharing and watching that subjects have to withstand and enact in the contemporary data assemblage. Looking at government open and closed data as case studies, this article demonstrates how 'shareveillance' produces an anti-political role for the
more » ... ublic. In describing shareveillance as, after Jacques Rancière, a distribution of the (digital) sensible, this article posits a politico-ethical injunction to cut into the share and flow of data in order to arrange a more enabling assemblage of data and its affects. In order to interrupt shareveillance, this article borrows a concept from Édouard Glissant and his concern with raced otherness to imagine what a 'right to opacity' might mean in the digital context. To assert this right is not to endorse the individual subject in her sovereignty and solitude, but rather to imagine a collective political subjectivity and relationality according to the important question of what it means to 'share well' beyond the veillant expectations of the state.
doi:10.1177/2053951716663965 fatcat:xsxpkl4iavcmjgczxjgfs4sobe