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Primary school reading diaries, digital enclosure and the common good. Marketisation or collective commons, what choices are available when personal acts of learning are enclosed by digitisation?
‘The worst realities of our age are manufactured realities. It is therefore our task, as creative participants in the universe, to re dream our world. The fact of possessing imagination means that everything can be re dreamed. Each reality can have its alternative possibilities. Human beings are blessed with the necessity of transformation’. Ben Okri – The Famished Road. This presentation looks at the issues that arise both practical and morally when a previously singular act of learning is digitised. It analyses the act of replacing paper-based reading diaries in UK primary schools with a digitised version through Squirrel Learning’s (2022) Go Read initiative. It explores the possible paths of digitisation and how the collection and amalgamation of children and family’s data on reading activities might be used within the digital economy. As Go Read is a relatively new initiative its position in the digital economy is not yet fixed. The presentation will review the situated data generation of Go Read through the notion of service fictions which looks at the contextual possibilities enabled by the change of an actor within a system. Conceptually, it will consider whether Go Read becomes part of a movement towards digital enclosure that engages with intellectual property and data commodification or conversely creates a new commons to develop a social good through the establishment of co-operative data ownership. It will recount current predominant data practices while establishing a possible counter narrative through the collective agency of practice groups to retain control of their data through co-operative self-organisation and negotiation with third parties. In this regard the presentation considers digital rights, and the creation of digital commons, collectives, and co-ops as an alternative to click to accept - digital trespass.