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Fraser A.
Journal of Peasant Studies
The digital revolution, data curation, and the new dynamics of food sovereignty construction
7 ()
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data curation digital revolution food retail food sovereignty
© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Technological change has given rise to the so-called ‘digital revolution’ (DR). How the DR affects food sovereignty (FS) construction remains unclear. This paper explores a balanced point of view, which highlights some key reasons why the DR is bad news for FS but also identifies features of the DR that could bolster FS construction. At the centre of the argument is the concept ‘data curation,’ which connects data-laden, algorithm-infused capitalist enterprises to users of diverse technology services and devices. I examine how data curation is practized by capitalist enterprises in the food sector, focusing in particular on developments pursued by the British food retailer Ocado. I then examine three forms of data curation of relevance to FS construction. Emphasizing the urgency of attending to these new dynamics of FS construction, I conclude the paper with a call for further research on data curation practices of relevance to FS scholars and activists.
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