Workshop on ‘Shaping a research and policy agenda on big data for sustainable development in the Global South’

Posted on October 18, 2016  /  0 Comments

LIRNEasia in partnership with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) convened a two-day workshop to discuss a ‘research and policy agenda on big data for sustainable development in the Global South.’ The workshop held in Madrid on the 8th and 9th of October 2016, was a side event of the International Open Data Conference 2016.  The objective of the workshop was to brainstorm ways of establishing Southern-led network to tackle some of the emerging opportunities and challenges in the use of big data in developing countries. The workshop explored a variety of issues around leveraging big data to tackle sustainable development. These include issues around representativity and marginalization, researching harms (competition, privacy, surveillance), researching solutions (legislation, regulation, ethics), and addressing challenges in relation to developing research capacity, accessing data and influencing policy.  The participants at the invitation-only workshop represented a cross-section of experts from policy/research institutes, civil society and industry who are active in big data work and research.

The draft discussion document can be found here

The agenda can be found here

Some of the presentations from the workshop:

Prof. Joshua Blumenstock
Prof. Ryosuke Shibasaki
Dr. John Quinn and Ms. Diastika Rahwidiati
Mr. Sriganesh Lokanathan

A summary document of the workshop will be uploaded over the next couple of weeks.

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