I have written a Foreword for the latest issue of the European Data Protection Law Review on ‘Fixing the Wrong Problems: Queer Communities and the False Promise of Unbiased and Equal Data Systems’.
What happens at the intersection where queer lives meet the data practices of a national census? Who benefits and who loses? And how might collecting and presenting data about queer lives push the ideals of justice and liberation further into the distance?
In this episode of The Good Robot podcast, Dr Kevin Guyan talks about the census, and the best ways of asking people to identify themselves. The podcast discusses why surveys that you fill in by hand offer less restrictive options for self-identification than online forms, and how queer communities are not just identified but produced through the counting of a census.
For institutions, the diversity tick box is all the rage – but it really shouldn’t be. Kevin Guyan, author of Queer Data, reflects on the problem with upholding numerical diversity as a fix-all to inequality and oppression.