Tag Archives: privacy

The trolley problem problem

*this post was inspired by a conference workshop on education and responsible data science, run by the Digital Society initiative, a collective of Dutch universities working together to shape the relationship between data science and society.* A rash of studies have come out recently about the trolley problem. This is the famous philosphical conundrum where […]

Why today’s Aadhaar judgement matters for data justice

Today India’s supreme court issued a judgement on the constitutionality of Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric database. Aadhaar is complicated, but here’s the gist: for nearly ten years, public welfare and administrative records have been feeding into a biometric database that had its roots in a private-sector company, Infosys. The database started as a way […]

In the digital world we are all developing countries: what Cambridge Analytica can tell us about limited statehood in the West

Watching the last week’s coverage of the trainwreck that is Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in the US elections, I’ve been struck principally by its ethnocentrity. (I research digital data and representation, so unfortunately I wasn’t surprised that our digital selves are, as Julie Cohen has put it, being farmed and essentially sold like cattle to the […]

My new project: Data Justice

I’ve had some good news: I heard this summer that I am going to receive an ERC grant from the European Research Council. This means I get to do five years’ work on the idea of data justice (the link leads to a paper that explains in more detail what this might be). There are […]

Boiling whales and burning forests: If data is the new oil, what’s our alternative energy plan?

Several times over the last year, researchers have written about the notion of data justice (Heeks and Renken here, Johnson here, and Dencik, Hintz and Cable here). They use this terminology to bring together important concerns about the way that data, and big data in particular, are affecting society, politics and development. These authors all […]

Group Privacy: the next generation of privacy problems

Data protection doesn’t engage with the collective level – is it time for change?

Mobile data sharing in emergencies – consent, care and control

The Centre for Internet and Society recently released a groundbreaking paper on the practical, legal and ethical implications of using mobile phone data (CDRs, or Call Detail Records) in emergencies, with Liberia’s experience of the recent Ebola epidemic as the case study. Written by Sean Martin McDonald, the paper is brilliant, insightful and well researched, […]