A GLOBAL SOCIALMOVEMENT?
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has1.
Hardly any debate understands FabLabs only as a “collection of commercially
available machines and parts lined by software and processes [...] developed for
making things” (Gershenfeld 2005, p. 12) that is assembled in small-scale workshops;
most of the currently growing number of texts, presentations and websites about
fundamental paradigm shift brought about
by datafication. Combining Science and Technology Studies with
SocialMovement Studies, this theoretical article offers a foretaste of a
research agenda on data activism. It foregrounds democratic agency
vis-à-vis datafication, and unites under the same label ways of affir-
mative engagement with data (“proactive data activism”, e. g. data-
based advocacy) and tactics of resistance to massive data collection
(“reactive data activism”, e. g. encryption practices), understood as a
continuum along which activists position and