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: data universalism in a heterogeneous Global South

Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty, warned yesterday the members at the UN General Assembly about the dangers to which human rights are subject with the emergence of ’digital welfare states’. He went further to highlight the burden of the externalities levied on society as a result of …

Data Upside-Down: where is the Global South?

On Monday, The Guardian launched a journalistic global series under the title Automating Poverty. The series explores the ongoing trend to digitalise and automatise state and society relations with a focus on how governments use artificial intelligence (AI) to target the vulnerable. In a series of articles, Ed Pilkington, the …

The impact of Data Colonialism on the Global South

Reinventing colonialism… Undoubtedly, the disguised power of digital (Big) data today [1] is inevitably associated to the evolution of capitalism, mostly because data extraction and data processing comprise the basis for the formulation of multiple colonial modes of exploitation. These new dynamic colonial ‘states’ are constantly fed with all and …