Gargi Sharma

Researcher and policy officer in the Global Data Justice, Communications and Development Manager at the CLIMA Fund

Until 2021, Gargi was a researcher and policy officer in the Global Data Justice project at TILT. She specialized in data governance in humanitarian and development contexts and worked on a project involving research on the increased prevalence of data partnerships in the humanitarian sector, which addressed questions of regulation, ethics, and accountability. She was previously a legal consultant to the Government of Chhattisgarh in India and a legal intern at Greenpeace International. She has an Advanced LLM in European and International Human Rights Law from Leiden University.


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.