What could be more neutral than data, the gold standard of law, policy — even investigative inquiry? It carries the whiff of science and the weight of fact. Data can turn the anecdotal into the emblematic. And it is being collected on a massive scale. Filmmakers, journalists and artists may work in different modes and to different ends, but they often share data as a common and integral source material. This panel takes a deeper look at our age’s unusual relationship to data: whose is collected and through what means, how it is used and misused, and what it tells us.