Ecis seminar by Peter Norton, University of Virginia, USA.

07 June
12:30 - 13:30
Ecis conference room, IPO Building

Title: Data don’t drive: Hard-earned lessons from American Urban Mobility

Abstract: Data have no agenda.  Nevertheless, participants in sociotechnical competitions seek to legitimize their agendas and to insulate them from criticism by misrepresenting them as "data driven". In practice, data have been less useful for revealing impartial "solutions" than for justifying and advancing the pursuit of social groups' interests. Taking inspiration from the work of Ruth Oldenziel and other researchers, I offer illustrations of the use of data as a tool of agenda advancement from U.S. urban mobility history, consider their practical significance today and for the future of urban mobility, and offer suggestions to current researchers in mobility studies.