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Stefania Milan: Resistance in the datafied society

The event will be held in English and simultaneously interpreted into German. In addition, the lecture will be broadcast live from 7 pm. The recorded video will be uploaded to this website a few days after the event.

We live in an increasingly datafied society. Smartphones, social media platforms, applications used for contact tracing or digital vaccination certificates are becoming ever more dominant in our public and private spaces. These data practices and infrastructures mediate relationships and exchanges, generate data that the tech industry exploits for profit and enable real-time population monitoring and effective power structures.

Resistance is possible, even desirable, and already practised by many. How can we organise it individually and collectively in the datafied society? Stefania Milan will explore possibilities to achieve this, also by drawing from concrete examples from Western countries and the Global South. She also addresses the margins of the datafied society, where human rights are further jeopardised and inequality is augmented by biometric surveillance.

Stefania Milan: Resistance in the datafied society
Thursday 6 October 2022 | 7 pm | Doors open 6:30 pm

Offenes Haus der Kulturen
Mertonstraße 26-28
60486 Frankfurt am Main


Stefania Milan is Professor of Critical Data Studies at University of Amsterdam, and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University. Her work explores the interplay between digital technology and data, political participation and governance, with focus on infrastructure and agency. Among others, Stefania Milan is the author of Social Movements and Their Technologies: Wiring Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013/2016) and co-editor of COVID-19 from the Margins. Pandemic Invisibilities, Policies and Resistance in the Datafied Society (Institute of Network Cultures, 2021). Currently, she is working on a book on data activism.


18:30  Doors open
19:00  Welcome and introduction
19:10  Stefania Milan: Resistance in the datafied society
20:00  Discussion and questions from the audience with host Tobi Müller
20:45  Get-together


The event will take place as part of the theatre festival “Politik im freien Theater” of the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (bpb) in Frankfurt am Main. Registration via the bpb website.

For press accreditation, please contact Frederik Efferenn.

Data Protection

The registration page is operated by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (bpb), which also collects the registration data and is responsible for data processing in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Here you will also find the bpb’s data protection statement.

Making Sense of the Digital Society

The current rapid pace of technological change creates enormous uncertainties – and thus the need for explanations that help us better understand our situation and shape the future. The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) are therefore continuing the Lecture Series Making Sense of the Digital Society that was launched in 2017. The aim of the format is to develop a European perspective on the current processes of transformation and its societal impact.


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Event date

06.10.2022 | 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm ical | gcal


Offenes Haus der Kulturen,  Mertonstraße 26-28,  60486 Frankfurt am Main


Thomas Christian Bächle, Dr.

Head of research programme: The evolving digital society


This high-profile lecture series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing.


Once a month we publicly discuss the impact of digitalisation on the society. Therefore we invite special guests and engage in a dialogue with the audience.


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