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 …

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 …