Women and Data Futures

Women and girls can make informed choices about how they use and value their personal data. But they need greater understanding of data sharing and ownership first.

As part of the Productive Margins programme, a joint project with Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) in Bristol and 3Gs Community Development Trust (3Gs) in Merthyr Tydfil took place during 2017.

Over the course of six workshops in each location between February and March 2017, female participants explored the concept of ‘data’ – their own, and relating to their local community. Topics included health data and analysis (using the fitness technology band Jawbone), personal data, ‘stalking yourself’, targeted advertising, Instagram terms and conditions and data ethics.

Participants worked with artists to create data maps and visualizations, enabling them to better understand their personal data and look at it differently. They also learned about the value of their data and how this could be translated into cash, such as through Citizenme and deleting targeted adverts.

The programme of workshops, facilitated by KWMC and supported by three artists, involved a range of creative activities.

Finally, in May 2017, both groups came together to reflect, share and discuss the workshops.

Productive Margins, University of Bristol
8-10 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1HH

Tel: +44 (0)117 3940042

Email: productive-margins@bristol.ac.uk