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When data justice and environmental justice meet: formulating a response to extractive logic through environmental data justice

When data justice and environmental justice meet: formulating a response to extractive logic through environmental data justice
When data justice and environmental justice meet: formulating a response to extractive logic through environmental data justice

Environmental data justice (EDJ) emerges from conversations between data justice and environmental justice while identifying the limits and tensions of these lenses. Through a reflexive process of querying our entanglement in non-innocent relations, this paper develops and engages EDJ by examining how it informs the work of the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI), a distributed, consensus-based organization that formed in response to the 2016 US presidential election. Through grassroots archiving of data sets, monitoring federal environmental and energy agency websites, and writing rapid-response reports about how federal agencies are being undermined, EDGI mobilizes EDJ to challenge the ‘extractive logic’ of current federal environmental policy and data infrastructures. ‘Extractive logic’ disconnects data from provenance, privileges the matrix of domination, and whitewashes data to generate uncertainty. We use the dynamic EDJ framework to reflect on EDGI’s public comment advising against the US Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule for Transparent Science. Through EDJ, EDGI aspires to create new environmental data infrastructures and practices that are participatory and embody equitable, transparent data care.

data justice, Environmental data justice, environmental justice, extractive logic, whitewashing
1369-118X
1012-1028
Vera, Lourdes A.
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Walker, Dawn
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Murphy, Michelle
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Mansfield, Becky
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Siad, Ladan Mohamed
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Ogden, Jessica
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EDGI
Vera, Lourdes A.
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Walker, Dawn
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Murphy, Michelle
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Mansfield, Becky
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Siad, Ladan Mohamed
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Ogden, Jessica
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Vera, Lourdes A., Walker, Dawn, Murphy, Michelle, Mansfield, Becky, Siad, Ladan Mohamed and Ogden, Jessica , EDGI (2019) When data justice and environmental justice meet: formulating a response to extractive logic through environmental data justice. Information, Communication and Society, 22 (7), 1012-1028. (doi:10.1080/1369118X.2019.1596293).

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Abstract

Environmental data justice (EDJ) emerges from conversations between data justice and environmental justice while identifying the limits and tensions of these lenses. Through a reflexive process of querying our entanglement in non-innocent relations, this paper develops and engages EDJ by examining how it informs the work of the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI), a distributed, consensus-based organization that formed in response to the 2016 US presidential election. Through grassroots archiving of data sets, monitoring federal environmental and energy agency websites, and writing rapid-response reports about how federal agencies are being undermined, EDGI mobilizes EDJ to challenge the ‘extractive logic’ of current federal environmental policy and data infrastructures. ‘Extractive logic’ disconnects data from provenance, privileges the matrix of domination, and whitewashes data to generate uncertainty. We use the dynamic EDJ framework to reflect on EDGI’s public comment advising against the US Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule for Transparent Science. Through EDJ, EDGI aspires to create new environmental data infrastructures and practices that are participatory and embody equitable, transparent data care.

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Accepted/In Press date: 8 March 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 May 2019
Published date: 7 June 2019
Keywords: data justice, Environmental data justice, environmental justice, extractive logic, whitewashing

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Local EPrints ID: 431669
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/431669
ISSN: 1369-118X
PURE UUID: 45956a78-effd-448a-877c-db0dd143b470
ORCID for Jessica Ogden: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4696-7340

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Date deposited: 12 Jun 2019 16:30
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 00:32

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Author: Lourdes A. Vera
Author: Dawn Walker
Author: Michelle Murphy
Author: Becky Mansfield
Author: Ladan Mohamed Siad
Author: Jessica Ogden ORCID iD

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