Franklyn Ohai

Student Assistant on the Global Data Justice project, Legal Officer at the National Judicial Council (Nigeria)

Franklyn is a Student Assistant on the Global Data Justice project. He works on the research initiative on Sphere transitions and transgressions during COVID-19: Challenging the tech sector’s power grab in Europe, funded by the European Artificial Intelligence Fund. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) from the University of Nigeria and is enrolled in the Law and Technology Master’s programme at Tilburg University. He is interested in understanding the impact of data technology on regulation and global development. Before joining the project, he served as a Legal Officer at the National Judicial Council (Nigeria), where he also researched human rights and access to justice. He has been called to the Nigerian Bar and is licensed to practise as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.


About the project

Places and populations that were previously digitally invisible are now part of a ‘data revolution’ that is being hailed as a transformative tool for human and economic development. Yet this unprecedented expansion of the power to digitally monitor, sort, and intervene is not well connected to the idea of social justice, nor is there a clear concept of how broader access to the benefits of data technologies can be achieved without amplifying misrepresentation, discrimination, and power asymmetries.

We therefore need a new framework for data justice integrating data privacy, non-discrimination, and non-use of data technologies into the same framework as positive freedoms such as representation and access to data. This project will research the lived experience of data technologies in high- and low-income countries worldwide, seeking to understand people’s basic needs with regard to these technologies. We will also seek the perspectives of civil society organisations, technology companies, and policymakers.