Digital Empowerment Foundation is collaborating with the Alan Turing Institute and the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI)to pilot the research project titled: Advancing Data Justice Research and Practice.
We are witnessing a ‘datafication’ of society, where massive amounts of data being collected and processed systemically have become normalised. This comes with its own set of new ethical issues and power dynamics that need to be analysed. Data justice is defined as “fairness in the way people are made visible, represented and treated as a result of their production of digital data.” Data justice research does exactly this. It is a broad research area that brings together social justice, technology, and the impacts of the data paradigm on communities.
This project aims to fill a gap in data justice research and practice and provide resources that help policymakers, practitioners, and impacted communities gain a broader understanding of data governance. This includes considerations of equity and data justice informed by the affected communities, which encompasses questions of access to, and visibility and representation in, data used in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI)/ Machine Learning (ML) systems. As part of the programme, a detailed questionnaire is prepared by the partner on data justice covering six pillars of justice: power, equity, access, identity, participation and knowledge. Questions covering these six pillars will be asked to policymakers, developers, and communities affected by AI/ML systems on their practice, use, and experience of AI/ML systems, specifically in consideration of realising the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Along with other pilot partner organisations from several countries, our engagements, research and insights will ground the current work in the area and inform future agendas.
Project Global Partners
The Global Partnership on AI (“GPAI”) is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative established with a mission to “support and guide the responsible adoption of AI that is grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation, economic growth, and societal benefit while seeking to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals”. GPAI is supported in its mission by four working groups currently comprised of leading international experts and 19 national governments.
The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Alan Turing Institute is the Consultancy Partner for this project, and research will be conducted by members of the Turing Institute’s Ethics Theme along with the Institute’s Theme Lead of AI and Justice and Human Rights and a Senior Research Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer at the Dept. Computer Science & Technology (Computer Laboratory), University of Cambridge.
DEF will identify and conduct structured interviews with the stakeholders of data justice, namely policymakers, developers and affected communities, asking them questions on Data Justice based on the guidelines provided by the institute. We will also conduct a workshop to engage with the stakeholders in detail. The transcripts of the interview, video documentation wherever possible, and a detailed report of both the workshop and interviews will be sent to the global partners and later made available on our website.
Along with other pilot partner organisations from several countries, our engagements, research and insights will ground the current work in the area and inform future agendas.
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The project will conclude in March 2021. Details about the latest outputs from the project will be updated here as we develop them. Stakeholders or the public can also contact us by email at email@example.com to be part of the research on data justice, provide inputs or give suggestions.