Memes: How to laugh about social change

In this era, memes are our sidekicks for criticizing or laughing about an specific issue. They are the star of our internet pop culture because instant communication facilitates word of mouth transmission which is the essence of this phenomenon. As soon as a public relevance event is happening or a …

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS): Interview by Roberto V. Zicari with Giovanni Buttarelli, Head of the EDPS

Big Data and AI: Allies or enemies to data ethics? Roberto V. Zicari interviewed Giovanni Buttarelli, Head of the EDPS. This interview was a really interesting input regarding (big) data protection across Europe. The EDPS is an independent supervisory authority and EU institution that monitors the processing of personal data by …

Data Upside-Down: from data to development impact

Some weeks ago, I received the picture at the top of this post. Apart from triggering a light smile, since at the time I was preparing this blog series, it made me think about data’s development impact. Assessing and evaluating impact is necessarily contingent to the purpose and goals of …

Fact or fake?: How social media can impact in election results

When breaking news appears, many of us do not hesitate in running to social media for more information. We do not stop getting notifications. We receive tons of audios, photos or videos concerning that particular issue. But, are all of them true? How can we differ between a fact and …

Journalists’ struggle in fighting trolls and bots

On September 24, 2019 Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro published her first book called ‘Putin’s Troll Army’. The actions leading to writing this book go back to 2014 when Aro started investigating the existence of pro-Russian troll factories, meaning fake- or automated profiles pushing propaganda to the top of people’s …

Data Upside-Down: data governance by the people, with the people, for the people

Democratic governance has been one of the key areas of work in international development over the last decades. Over this period, innumerable number of initiatives, programmes and projects have pursued the strengthening of governments’ transparency, accountability and citizen participation in decision making. Another key feature in this processes has been …