SXSW Panel: The Truth May Set You Free, But Data Will Piss You Off

#sxsw #dataethics -- Jonathan Schwabish (PolicyViz), Kim Rees (Periscopic), Jake Porway (DataKind), and Grace Rodriguez (C2 Create) explore the issues and ethics around data visualization--a subject of much recent debate--and suggest how we can use data in tandem with social responsibility.

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  1. For SXSW 2014, Jonathan Schwabish curated a panel of data visualization and social responsibility/policy experts -- Kim Rees of Periscopic, Jake Porway of DataKind, and Grace Rodriguez of C2 Create -- to discuss: "As data become more readily available, we are lulled into believing “the numbers don’t lie.” However, the human data collection methods and process, the various motives of the people involved, the political or social systems in place all define how data are presented and perceived. Can any presentation of data be truly objective in the first place? This session will explore the issues and ethics around data visualization--a subject of recent debate in the data visualization community--and suggest how we can use data in tandem with social responsibility." Here's a bit of what happened, as shared through Twitter...
  2. Spoiler Alert: It seems to have been a success.
  3. (Photo of the panel, courtesy of @shawzilla.)
  4. Before SXSW, Jon prepared slides of the issues we wanted to address, to invite people to join the conversation and ask questions, as well as help us gauge which topics to highlight. 
  5. As the panel began, we received some really good questions:
  6. And we had some fun...(yes, talking about data and ethics can be fun!) *
  7. And answered more questions:
  8. We shared resources:
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