Episode 7 — Pandemic Politics, Human Rights, and Disinformation

In this episode of Resist and Reboot we talk to Vino Lucero who is the Project and Communications Coordinator at EngageMedia in Manila, The Philippines. Vino talks about journalistic freedom, the technological response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the general state of human rights in The Philippines.

This conversation particularly focuses on two emerging issues surrounding the technological response to this pandemic: 1. privacy and data protection, and 2. proliferation of misinformation and disinformation online and in other media. Vino shares examples of improper data practices, inappropriate deployment of technology, and the overlaps between his work as a journalist and a human rights activist.

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.