About

"Coup Data" is a phrase coined by Adrien Basdevant, lawyer in Paris, passionate about the impact of technology on society.

It was first used in its writings "Un coup de d[onn]ées jamais n'abolira le hasard" in reference to famous French poet Stéphane Mallarmé "A throw of the dice will never abolish chance" suggesting that analytics should not mean the end of hazard, and individuals should not be reduced to the aggreagte sums of their data.

In his essay "L'Empire des données" (2018), Adrien Basdevant describes how data, the algorithms that process it and the platforms that concentrate it have taken on an immeasurable importance in our lives and economies, to the extent that they come into competition with traditional States power and influence the choice of their citizens, becoming a new tool of power.

This website is the continuation of this work. It is authored by Adrien Basdevant and Caroline Leroy-Blanvillain, and with the help of invited guests.

Its goal is to promote knowledge on our data society.

Posts are either dedicated to an expert  ("3 Questions To..."), or an analysis of the world through the lens of data ("Kaleidoscope").

Authors can be contacted here.