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 …

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 …

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 …

Open data: empowering citizens and governments for attaining sustainable development

Open Data: as pure as the driven snow… Open Data (OD) is data freely available for anyone to use for any purpose. Such data may come from social media, private companies, NGOs, and government databases and agencies, and can be used to a) foster economic growth, b) boost jobs market, …

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 …

Can Big Data combat world hunger or is it just ‘food for thought?

Can Big Data combat world hunger or is it just ‘food for thought?’ In 2015, the UN adopted seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aiming at an inclusive and participatory development. SDG 2 refers specifically to the elimination of world hunger, taking into account that about 10% of the world population …

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 …