Data justice and development [Digital Technologies, Data and Development SG] 
Rose Pritchard (University of Manchester)
Richard Heeks (University of Manchester)
Smith Ouma (University of Manchester)
Gianluca Iazzolino (Global Development Institute, University of Manchester)
Marina Requena Mora (ICTA UAB)
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Format :
Paper panel
Stream :
Rethinking development approaches & practice

Short Abstract:

Data are playing an increasingly important role in shaping development. Our panel will explore issues of data justice in development, including cases where data have led to social (in)justice, and practical strategies by which data can contribute to socially just development.

Long Abstract:

Data are playing an increasingly important role in shaping patterns and trajectories of development. Data can be a powerful tool for challenging societal harms but can also reflect and reinforce existing relationships of power. An essential challenge for development in a datafied world is thus how to realise data potentials while safeguarding against data risks. This challenge is gaining greater urgency as digital technologies and analytical methods become rapidly more sophisticated, with advances in fields such as artificial intelligence making it increasingly difficult to identify and combat data harms.

Our panel will bring together researchers exploring issues of data justice in development. Situating data within broader socio-political systems, data justice scholarship explores how choices at all stages of data value chains (from data generation to final use) can shape material outcomes for people and environments. Data justice scholars also seek to understand and devise alternative data practices and governance structures through which data can advance social justice.

We will convene a set of papers on the following themes:

- Cases of social (in)justice in and from data value chains, including due to AI

- Theorising data and socially just development

- Links between development data, decolonial praxis/es and/or epistemic justice

- Practical approaches to advancing justice through data and mitigating data injustices

- Data justice beyond personal data e.g., the justice implications of satellite remote sensing

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