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‘Personal data literacies’: A critical literacies approach to enhancing understandings of personal digital data

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posted on 2024-06-04, 12:02 authored by Luci PangrazioLuci Pangrazio, N Selwyn
The capacity to understand and control one’s personal data is now a crucial part of living in contemporary society. In this sense, traditional concerns over supporting the development of ‘digital literacy’ are now being usurped by concerns over citizens’ ‘data literacies’. In contrast to recent data safety and data science approaches, this article argues for a more critical form of ‘personal data literacies’ where digital data are understood as socially situated and context dependent. Drawing on the critical literacies tradition, the article outlines a range of salient socio-technical understandings of personal data generation and processing. Specifically, the article proposes a framework of ‘Personal Data Literacies’ that distinguishes five significant domains: (1) Data Identification, (2) Data Understandings, (3) Data Reflexivity, (4) Data Uses, and (5) Data Tactics. The article concludes by outlining the implications of this framework for future education and research around the area of individuals’ understandings of personal data.

History

Journal

New Media and Society

Volume

21

Pagination

419-437

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1461-4448

eISSN

1461-7315

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, The Authors

Issue

2

Publisher

SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD