Reminder: Looking forward to Meg's talk on Tuesday! Hopefully the weather
will work with us.

On Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 2:58 AM Philip Garrison <>

> Please join us for Change next Tuesday (Feb 12) at noon in CSE 203, with a
> talk by Meg Young.
> If UW operations are suspended (, the talk will
> be canceled.
> Last week's canceled talk (Cliff Schmidt) has been rescheduled to March 5.
> *Who:* Meg Young
> *What:* Data Ownership is Not Dispositive: Data Ownership and Access in
> Outsourced "Smart City" Data Programs
> *When:* Tuesday, Feb 12, 12-1pm
> *Where:* CSE 203
> *Abstract:*
> Recent and intensifying interest in how companies govern user data has
> been met with an emphasis on users' rights with respect to their own data.
> However, a closer look at how data "ownership" works in practice reveals
> that ownership does not ensure that data is governed as owners (and
> subjects) intend. In this talk, I argue that data ownership is not
> determinative of the rights and obligations that the metaphor suggests. I
> draw on examples from three data sharing configurations in my dissertation
> fieldwork on access, accountability and proprietary systems in outsourced
> local government data programs: (1) ORCA card readers, (2) transit agencies
> providing first- and last-mile service to transit stations, and (3) a
> UW-based "data trust" for cross-sector data sharing. In each case, I
> explore what "work" data ownership does in practice, and find that it is
> not indicative of who can access data and for what purpose.
> *Bio:*
> Meg is a PhD Candidate in the UW Information School and a member of the
> Tech Policy Lab, Critical Platform Studies Group, and Data Lab. She
> primarily conducts ethnographic work on technology policy and smart cities
> programs.
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