180411 - Big data, digital platforms and re-composition of urban governance in the digital era. The case of the Waze App.

Wed, 2018-04-11 17:00 - 19:00


Seminar Cities are back in town "Big data, digital platforms and re-composition of urban governance in the digital era. The case of the Waze App."

Wednesday 11 April 2018, 5 - 7 pm, Sciences Po, Room Jean Monnet, 56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris

This presentation focuses on big data and digital platforms to better understand how they disturb public policies and push for their transformation. Their capacity of collecting and analyzing digital traces spawns a need for policy reforms. Analyzing the case of the Waze company, this research examines how this routing service influences local road traffic policies. The communication questions the different regulatory mechanisms of data that are implemented to tackle this issue. It also illustrates the contribution of a sociology of data to understand and theorize the re-composition of the state in the digital era.

Speaker : Antoine Courmont, Sciences Po, CEE

Antoine Courmont is a post-doctoral research fellow at Sciences Po’s Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics. In addition, he is currently the scientific director of the Sciences Po’s Cities and Digital Technology Chair.

His research is entrenched in the political sociology of urban data. He analyzes the evolution of the various forms of coordination between public and private actors in the digital era, which transforms collective action, political authorities and the relationship between the state and citizens.


Collective Discussion

The presentation will be held in French and the following discussion in French and English.   

Texts available upon request:  Contact: francesco.findeisen@sciencespo.fr

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