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Governing data and artificial intelligence for all: Models for sustainable and just data governance

With a particular focus on artificial intelligence (AI), this study identifies and examines policy options for the EU’s data governance framework that align with a data justice perspective.

Digital disruption or crisis capitalism? Technology, power and the pandemic

This report addresses how have technology firms used the pandemic to expand their reach, change their business strategies and capture new public functions and market positions in Europe.

The taming of chaos: Optimal cities and the state of the art in urban systems research

Beyond the ‘Brussels Effect’? Kenya’s Data Protection Act (DPA) 2019 and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018

There Is an App for That: Technological Solutionism as COVID-19 Policy in the Global North

Between surveillance and recognition: Rethinking digital identity in aid

Data governance clinics: A new approach to public-interest technology in cities

Aadhaar in a Box? Legitimizing Digital Identity in Times of Crisis

Public Actors without Public Values: Legitimacy, domination and the regulation of the technology sector.

Exploitation as Innovation: Research ethics and the governance of experimentation in the urban living lab.

Exclusion and inclusion in identification: regulation, displacement and data justice

Exclusion and Inclusion in Identification: Regulation, displacement and data justice.

A Crisis of Opportunity: Market-making, big data, and the consolidation of migration as risk.

Using Regulatory Sandboxes to Support Responsible Innovation in the Humanitarian Sector

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.