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date: 02 March 2021

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“Digital citizenship” has become a prominent concept to understand the ways in which we interact with our social, political, and economic environment through digital infrastructures and how our lives—and, more broadly, society—are transformed in the process. Many accounts of digital citizenship have emphasized its empowering nature and suggested a shift towards enhanced agency by citizens and a democratizing trend in state-citizen relations. However, as contemporary governance becomes increasingly centered on the collection and analysis of personal data, the age of “datafication” requires us to rethink the concept and its implications. This chapter provides a thorough review of established understandings of digital citizenship and explores what it means when citizens are increasingly subject to data processing and data-based categorization. It offers a perspective on digital citizenship that combines the self-enacted and the institutional positioning of citizens in society in the context of data infrastructures.

Keywords: contemporary governance, datafication, digital citizenship, personal data, state-citizen relations

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