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Friday, May 18 • 16:00 - 17:00
The Fight Against the Institutional Datafication of Social Life: Challenges and Tactics

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This session will serve to discuss challenges and opportunities for civil society advocacy in response to data analytics by governments. While the use of data analytics, scoring and identification systems by state institutions is advancing rapidly, often underpinned by tightening surveillance legislation, civil society efforts to address the datafication of citizens and its consequences have faced difficulties. We will map these challenges, in view of exploring potential tactics and forms of influence. The session will allow participants to share knowledge about innovative strategies of intervention; engage in a dialogue on how citizens can have a say in the adoption and implementation of big data analytics; and advance a transnational mobilization connecting struggles on the consequences of datafication with the social justice and human rights agenda.

Speakers from international civil society organisations will start the discussion by surveying trends and developments, and raising ideas for advancing civil society interventions into the decision-making and implementation of big data analytics.

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Nandini Chami

Deputy Director, IT For Change
engaged in policy research and advocacy on issues of platform governance, data justice, gender and digital economy, and cyberviolence.
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Anita Say Chan

Associate Professor, Feminist Data ManifestNO - Community Data Clinic - University of Illinois, Urbana
Anita is a community data collaborator, who founded the Community Data Clinic at the Univ. UIUC to extinguish the data chauvinism of the global tech industry, and empower the rich decolonial, feminist data methods innovated by community-based researchers... Read More →
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Malavika Jayaram

Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub
@MalJayaram Malavika is the inaugural Executive Director of the Digital Asia Hub, a Hong Kong-based independent research think-tank incubated by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where she is also a Faculty Associate. A technology lawyer for... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 16:00 - 17:00 EDT